This year: properly… yeah. I think, based on what I’ve seen on social media, quite a lot of people have reached a consensus that 2016 hasn’t been our favored year in current memory.
Maybe that, and for numerous of my own reasons why (which I’ll cover in my 2016 recap and not this post), I expected myself to go all out on the holiday decorations. I’m stubborn (duh, hi, have we met?), so I wanted to finish the year on a high note: a final, massive flourish of Christmasy-ness. Lotsa glitter. Silver. Gold. White.
Classic. Complete. Done.
And alternatively, I did what felt like nothing. I did about 3% of the issues I thought I was going to do.
I began out ambitious I put my tree up the weekend of Thanksgiving. I bought it for myself last year and was truly hunting forward to receiving residence from my parents’ house and quickly beginning the holiday season. It’s pre-lit and snaps together in only three pieces (which I Adore — I can’t locate the exact one on the web any longer, so here’s the affiliate hyperlink for a single that’s equivalent). I plugged it in, stood in the glow of the white lights…
… and generally didn’t bother to throw on a single ornament for all of December.
At first, I believed the usual culprit — procrastination — was to blame. Each day that I walked by my tree, I told myself tomorrow, and kept undertaking other things. I sorted via all of my ornaments for the color scheme I wanted to go with. I purchased four new ornaments that coordinated with the colour scheme I planned to go with. And yet, tomorrow. I left it as-is.
It was blank (effectively, nearly, given that the lights were currently attached) and comforting. I could stroll by, let my eyes glaze over, and just appreciate my almost-naked tree. I put a skirt on it due to the fact it seemed silly with out one, but that was it.
I did the holiday thing at other individuals’s houses and came home to carrying out my personal, quiet factor. It’s in fact been really good to really feel a sense of slowness at a time of year where every little thing else seems so rushed. I’ve been spending time with household, new and old friends, and neglected to really feel negative about not throwing glitter on a year that I am not even organizing to be pals with as of January 1st.
In hindsight, I’m glad I did factors this way my 2016 tree reflects my feelings about 2016 pretty well.
How I felt about 2015:
How I really feel about 2016:
Yep… appears about right.
So, it’s not going to be in any person’s quite Christmas roundup or get pinned a million instances, and that’s perfectly alright. As an alternative, I’m going to invest the rest of the season receiving myself prepared to bring on a new year with lots much more in store (for instance, in case you missed my comments in the sneak peek final week, I have been working with a brand on my laundry room makeover project and that massive reveal is coming in January).
Have you ever put up a Christmas tree, only to not decorate it? I know I can’t be the only one, but I’m curious how a lot of of you did the identical or equivalent!
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