This Christmas, I have taken a lot of things down a notch compared to usual Christmas-ness.
Honestly, it started because I was overconfident and assumed I would have moved by now. When we (I) started packing up things back in April/May, the Holiday decorations were the first to be packed up in storage. I said, "Bye guys! See you in the Fall!" But then fall came and we still had't moved. I kept thinking, "Okay well, we will be moving into our new house (whatever house that is) just in time to put our tree up." I'm silly. We're still here, no prospects in sight. Then I found my little tree, I almost didn't get it up, but decided I would regret it if I didn't. I thought, if I die, I would have missed my last chance to put up my Christmas tree. I would come back as a ghost and put people's Christmas trees up in the middle of the summer.
I got these village ornaments from my Grandma last year when she was cleaning out her Christmas stuff. So they aren't really "thrifted" but they are a thrifty find! The original little buildings were cute, but I had to mollify them.
I spray painted them various neon colors, added some white paint for the snow and some glitter glue- because Christmas time is the best excuse for glitter on everything.
Then I figured leaving my Halloween wreath up through November and almost halfway through December was enough. I re-created my Christmas wreath using the same technique as I did my Halloween wreath, but with a bigger frame.
The big "B" and little house were both on wall hangings I had made a few years back from things I bought at thrift stores. Most of the little candy pieces glued on were either from the thrift store or the dollar store.
And that's it! That's all of the Christmas decor we did this year! I love decor in general so of course I love to overly decorate for Christmas like the rest of America, but let me tell you, it was a little bit of a relief not to do SO MUCH. This year is just not the year. It just feels too much: along with personal stresses that I know everyone has, job stresses, the stress of trying to move and driving so much every day, we just aren't really home that much! And when I am home, I just want to cuddle my pets on my couch and browse the internet for more crafts that I'm not going to do. Man, and I don't even have kids to wear me out! (smacks self in forehead). No one really comes to our house anyways. Heck, there is basically an open invitation on Zillow for anyone and everyone to come look at my house and still no one does, Hah! It is enough just to try to keep our house immaculate for the potential buyer, decorating for the holidays is just another thing to clean up. That tiny house thing is sounding better and better! If only I were a tiny person...and not such a packrat.
Now after that whiney paragraph I will make an abrupt subject change to say this: I don't know a lot about what's going on in the world, to be completely honest. But I know it is broken and I know there is a lot of hurt out there. Even with the two things I thrifted and put up this year, it's still much more than many could even imagine. I'm truly blessed. I don't think there is anything necessarily wrong with getting caught up in the excitement of Christmas. It's okay to have more than one tree. It's okay to spend way too much on your family. It's okay to eat too many Christmas cookies, but remember what Christmas is REALLY about. Heck, what living is really about- loving others and sharing Jesus. I know, I know, cliche right? Things are cliche for a reason. Make sure this year you are as equally giving, if not more, as you are all about the glitter of the season. There are TONS of ways you can give back. Most of us would probably be surprised at the amount of needs there are just in our own communities. If you are curious about some needs just in Woodward, message me and I can give you some ideas. If you are like me, a homebody, the Samaritan's purse has put together a really neat "Gift Catalog" in which you can donate really easily online. There is a wide variety of ways you can give, like $45 can help provide proper care for a pregnant mother or just $7 to feed a child hot meals for a week. Click on the image below and it will take you to the links where you can give. I can't really imagine the majority of us not being able to sacrifice $7. Not that I'm trying to guilt you into it or anything (or am I? Whatever works I guess!).
I'll admit, I've been a little scroogey this year, but I'm starting to get into this Christmas thing. I hope you all are having a wonderful Holiday season and finding some good Christmas bargains at the thrift stores!