Christmas Decorating Feather and Nest style alert!
I don’t know about you but this Christmas feels like it’s turned up waaaaaay too soon for my liking. I’m sure that yesterday was like, June or something. I have a 17 year old now for goodness sake!
On the weekend we had a little neighbourhood Christmas party at our little nest. It forced me to get a wriggle on with decorating the house and making it feel, at least a little bit, Christmassy. And it has worked. It’s brought a bit of sparkle into our lives, in a simple, low-key kind of way and I’m reminded that even though there’s the hustle and bustle going on in town, and the immense empathy for city road ragers who can’t find a car park suddenly washes over me like a perimenopausal hot flush, I really do love this time of year.
I’ve always loved Christmas. Especially the decorating part. I remember the feeling of utter excitement when I was a little girl, as we’d gallivant off on a little road trip, as a family, to find the perfect little pine tree on the side of the road to chop down. I know, I know, it’s not the most environmentally conscious memory I have, but gosh it was fun. Dad would cut it down with a hack saw and off we’d go back home again to smother the tree with red and green and gold baubles and layer upon layer of bright pink and blue and silver and whatever other clashing coloured tinsel we could find. Mum never cared how we did it. She never moved a single ornament. She was always so restrained in that way. Or maybe she really didn’t care. I’m not sure but my mothering, when it comes to Christmas tree decorating, was definitely not modeled on her calm, carefree restraint. That’s for sure and certain.
No, no, no. I am the Christmas decorating Nazi. Poor Lew. No wonder he has never really enjoyed decorating the tree. Even as a little boy he rarely took part. I’d try to coax him and lure him into my little corner in the lounge room of Christmassy goings on – boxes of decorations, a tangle of fairy lights, bucket and rocks and tree dripping pine leaves all over the floor, with a Sinatra Christmas blaring in the back ground. Nup, he wouldn’t have a bar of it. It was always something that worried me, that somehow he was robbing himself of the beautiful childhood memories he could be having of decking the halls with his mum.
But the other day it dawned on me the possible reason for his lack of Christmas decorating spirit. OK, well, it has dawned on me before, a few times over the years, but this time it dawn-dawned on me. We happened to have friends over for a homeschooling get together when there was a tiny mishap and our spindly little she oak Christmas tree fell over. My lovely little 10 year old friend rushed to help as the tree and most of the decorations fell to the floor, losing their correct positions on the spindly branches. It was so gorgeous of my little friend to help me pick up each decoration and put them carefully back onto the branches but I have a feeling that she will never again rush to my Christmas tree aid. Unbeknown to her, I have a thing about Christmas decorations being evenly spread AND that two same ornaments can never and I repeat CAN NEVER be placed side by side. The amount of times that poor, sweet girl had to fix up her placements to placate me were far too many for her, I’m sure, although not a complaint was uttered.
And that’s when it dawn-dawned on me as to why Lew may not love decorating Christmas trees. But, I’m working on it and if you will notice up there, I have left two heart decorations side by side on purpose. I hardly notice it. Hardly, like when I first wake up in the morning and when I make breaky and when I wonder around the house during the day time restraining my hands from reaching over and rearranging. Nup, I can leave them there. I can do it. I hardly notice them.
Anyway, I do. I love decorating at Christmas time.
I love decorating the house with simple, rustic little bits and pieces here and there. I’m not a glittery, tinselly kind of person so I tend to choose Christmas decorations that have a bit more of a Scandi look about them. Hence the IKEA mushrooms I got last year. A touch of red and white is all I need with some piney branches about the place. I like silver over gold. Plain over baubly. Candles over glitter. Flowers over singing Santas. But my favourite thing of all is a string of fairy lights. I love draping them over my furniture and up the walls and into fowler bowls. They just add that special little glow that makes the simpleness a bit more special and pretty. At night it turns our home into a magical little place and it feels so cosy and lovely and it makes me wish, even harder, that it was snowing and wintery outside instead of 30 degrees and still light at 8pm.
The table is important. I love it to be a bit of a feature but without being too full on. The little red berry wreath has been a part of my Christmas decorating for a long time now. I bought it on sale one year and I have still not grown tired of it. I love it with candles and little glass bottles of pine branches and I’ve strewed my ceramic vintage ornaments about the place this year too. Glass and candles and something living…I really like that combo. I love being able to use my everyday, reloved treasures. There’s no need for reinventing the wheel and having to buy new things every Christmas. For me it’s about making the house feel cosy and a bit special but still reflect the normalness of our home. Hints of Christmas rather than Christmas bombardment.
I especially love decorating whilst sipping sangria. Oh my goodness, how good is that to drink? I’d love to make it one day. Gallons of it.
So that’s our Christmas decorating Feather and Nest style. I’m off to get ready for a little Snowy Mountains road trip. Apparently there’s been more snow up there. In Summer. Yah! I can’t wait to see those beautiful snow tipped mountains.
How about you? Have you been decorating this Christmas? What’s your style? Are you a glitter, glammer or a more simple kind of decorator? Pop on over to our Feather & Nest Facebook page and let me know and share a photo or two if you like.