|Paper from IKEA and decorations from KMART|
I made a decision this year that rather than go all glitter and bling this Christmas, I wanted to tone it back to an age when gifts were wrapped in brown paper.
I spotted the paper at IKEA and when I got home I realised if I was truly going to do this, I needed to do a decorations stock-take.
Our decorations have been building for around 18 years. Back in the day I was all about embracing the red, green and gold of Christmas. So every year has been that theme with the same decorations hauled out each year to capture the spirit.
As fashions come and go I haven't signed on to the purples and blues and pinks because it just doesn't feel like Christmas to me. Much like eating prawns or cold cuts for Christmas lunch, the switch to "non Christmas" colour schemes is not something I'm ready for. I need the traditional British style baked meal no matter how hot it is outside and I need the traditional colour scheme to match.
This year the need to tone down is part of me wanting to simply things. To strip everything back and get rid of the "noise".
Glitter red, heritage green and sparkle gold is kind of loud. Multi-coloured lights blinking on the tree screams "look at me, look at me". I'd like a calmer and more subtle approach this year.
So brown paper, muted red and rustic tones is exactly what the spirit doctor ordered.
|Paper and ribbon from IKEA|
Yesterday I went out and bought a bunch of new baubles; wood look white stars, pine cones, wooden reindeer and warm white lights.
I scrounged the box of decorations and found the duller reds, the mat gold and the home made decorations created by the kids when they were little.
During the cleanse I found that there were just some decorations I couldn't part with. The ones that have meaning beyond the Christmas tree.
|The angel my daughter made at pre-school|
|The snow flake created when my son was in kindergarten|
|The Labrador given to us by my bestie in honour of our Max who is no longer with us|
|The American Santa to remind us that part of our heart belongs in Pennsylvania|
|The reminder that my kids are not the only children who are now permanently part of me|
No matter what the current colour scheme, or state of mind, these decorations will not be parted with. They are part of our Christmas legacy and will always be on the tree.
Do your Christmas decorations mean something to you?
Are there decorations you just can't part with?
Do you have a colour theme for your tree?
Are you a Christmas traditionalist or are you more modern keeping up with current trends?