So as most of you know, Christmas is big for us. I love decorating for Christmas. Every year at the after Christmas sales, I stock up buying lights, greenery, ornaments, you name it, I love it!!! I even have it all organized (or at least I did) Until we moved here, it was all clearly labeled in totes on shelves in the garage. Here, it is all still clearly labeled and in totes, but just in a huge stack in the corner of the basement :) You can see my storage system here and look at past pictures of Christmas here and here.
This year has been harder for me. We have been traveling a lot and very busy getting ready for hubby's deployment. He leaves the day after Christmas, so it is kinda hard to get in the Christmas spirit, just for the fact that once we actually acknowledge that it is the Christmas season, then we also have to face the reality that he is leaving :( And by the way, I think every store has a countdown for how many days until Christmas. I never noticed that before, but when you only have to add one and you get the number of days until hubby deploys, you really start to notice!
But, Christmas is all around us, and it is my favorite holiday, so this week I finally gave in and started decorating. I was insistant that this year we would not begin decorating or listening to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving - - we were successful with that! But, in keeping with my "lighter and brighter" theme and knowing that what goes up, must come down.... I have only put up a tree, set out a few things on shelves and tables, and decorated the fireplace mantle.
You see, our house doesn't have a mantle, we have a fireplace with nothing over it, just a flat wall of drywall. Blah! So when we moved in, I decided to hang a shelf that I had that perfectly fit the space and to anyone looking at it, you would think that we had a very modern mantle. It was so convincing, that I forgot it was just a shelf and it could not support everything that I had put up there. Everytime I put something up, I thought, well, this is really light, so it should be fine. When I cleaned up the class this morning and put it all in a box, I realized that I probably had almost 10lbs of glass up there. OOPS! Lesson learned!