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post #21 of 45
I really really can't stand the clutter of xmas, or the consumerism either.Last year we put up the tree xmas eve after dd went to sleep and took it down 24 hours later. It gave the whole thing some mystery. We plan to do the same this year. With 2 kids and a cat in a small apartment I really can't handle defending the tree for very long.
post #22 of 45
Thread Starter 
Amy-sheepishly grinning...I take it all down as soon as we get home on the 25th. Please dear ones, don't tell me I have to leave it up a moment longer lol
post #23 of 45
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Originally Posted by mommaof3boz View Post
Amy-sheepishly grinning...I take it all down as soon as we get home on the 25th. Please dear ones, don't tell me I have to leave it up a moment longer lol
If I had my way, I would do the same! But I am usually tired and emotionally drained by the evening of the 25th so that would be physically impossible. But that sudden burst of energy on the 26th (and DH working that day) it is coming down!!! :
post #24 of 45
I bring out my holiday movies, books and games. Plus a couple toys for the kids to play with - like a playset of the nativity scene, a Mickey Mouse house with singing characters, and two Pooh figures dressed up for Christmas.

Other than that, I have a stocking hanging on the end of the stairs railing in memory of a friend who passed, a set of jingle bells on the doorknob and a glass mason jar with pretty lights that my daughter made one year.

We haven't gotten our tree yet, which I'm sad about - usually we get it the first weekend in December and I enjoy it for three weeks or so. I love a lit up Christmas tree at night. That said, everything comes down Christmas night after the kids go to bed.

Last year, I culled our ornament collection and really only kept the kids first ornaments, any cute ones they made and one my sister gave me last year with everyones name on it. Just enough to fit in a quart size ziploc baggie.
post #25 of 45
Other than the tree I'm with you. It's just so much fun watching kids decorate a tree. And I love the lights (on the tree) and how warm it makes the room feel at night time.
post #26 of 45
I hear you.

I looooove Christmas lights and we have them strung on our balcony and on our tree, which is decorated beautifully with jewel toned colors.

Other than that, we have a wreath on our door----and voila we're done and everyone's happy. :
post #27 of 45
i wouldn't say i don't like the decorations. they are great...in theory. but in reality my house looks...dishevelled (however you spell it) no matter how clean it is it looks cluttered, things have had to be moved to get the tree in the living room, there are pine needles and pieces of green grland everywhere, and lets not forget the christmas ornaments my almost 2 year old insists on taking off the tree and throwing around the house.

that being said i do love the holidays and i enjoy the decor, i just need to find a way to decorate that doesn't make me have a panic attack and feel so out of order.
happy holidays ladies :
post #28 of 45


I like Christmas and other holiday decorations...at other people's houses!

I don't have the need for any decorations of any kind. I do have a few keepsake/special ornaments that I like and keep, but usually don't display them.

I don't really put up decorations ever and I'm fine with that. I don't like the clutter.
post #29 of 45
We do a Yule tree and sometimes lights around a room. Thats it. I really don't do knickknacks at all so decorations are minimal.
post #30 of 45
i was having an internal dialogue with myself earlier about how it would be okay to start taking down some Christmas decorations down NOW, on the 21st because it's almost Christmas and we have enjoyed them for weeks now...LOL. I won't do it but it is tempting. I have a major decluttering bug this weekend and would LOVE to see the house perfect and regular!
post #31 of 45
Thread Starter 
We are down to tree, stockings, advent calendar and outside lights. Its SICK that I am counting the days til its all down. Next yr everyone lets put up a thread in november reminding us how we felt this year
post #32 of 45
I'm not fond of Solstice decor. I like lights, one piece of medium sized greenery, and the stockings. That's it! The stockings are only there because they're the only gifts we do. Our stockings also happen to be the slipper socks we use the rest of the year.

I like what mommaof3boz says, though. This year I set up an email reminder to myself through my Google calendar that outlines our whole "plan" for the holiday, including shopping lists. I have it reminding me a month and a week ahead of time, since there are different things that need to be picked up at different times, like groceries for our "traditional" dinner and breakfast. You could do something similar to make an automated advent calendar in email, if you were so inspired.
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post #33 of 45
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Originally Posted by DandeCobb View Post
i was having an internal dialogue with myself earlier about how it would be okay to start taking down some Christmas decorations down NOW, on the 21st because it's almost Christmas and we have enjoyed them for weeks now...LOL. I won't do it but it is tempting. I have a major decluttering bug this weekend and would LOVE to see the house perfect and regular!
LOL glad to hear I am not the only one! We are actually leaving town on the 24th to visit family and I seriously am considering taking all of that crap down. We have enjoyed it, and now we are leaving- so why come hope to a house full of decorations after the fact?
post #34 of 45
Hey, if you really want to freak out, go to Dr.Phil.com and type in Grandma Claus in the search..when you see Holiday Headaches scroll down til you see Grandma Claus..you get to see inside her insanely decorated house..and you will be even more glad you don't have lots of decorations!
post #35 of 45
one year i went insane. it was as if a snowman had exploded in my head and left me without any sense of reason or moderation. i had fake snow everywhere, little scenes of porcelain reindeer, a snowman family skiing, it was ridiculous. i think it was the first year in our house. and 99.99% of the stuff i displayed was gifted from my MIL.

never again.

i felt like i had violated myself. it was not pretty.

so now we do a tree and that's about it. sometimes we put some lights in the windows if i can remember, but usually i don't.

i can't stand country kitchy decor like the stuff that exploded in my home that first year. maybe it's just PTSD from that unfortunate holiday season. we do love decorating the tree with nat king cole playing in the background, eating cookies and drinking coffee...with a roaring fire going...those are lovely memories. but in the rest of my house, it might as well be september. no indication of holiday "cheer" except on the faces of my wee ones.
post #36 of 45
I don't like it, so we don't have any.
(Well, we don't really do christmas either, not religious.)

But it's such a relief to get home if we've been out theese days, bc here there are no stupid, ugly decorations. I love it here! Free zone.
post #37 of 45
We only have a few. 3 on the counter and then the tree. I can't WAIT to have it gone! The tree isn't even in a room where I go (we put it up so I didn't have to be telling the kids not to touch it all day) but even the 3 little ones on the counter are driving me bananas! I'm also tired of all the wrapped gifts in my closet!
post #38 of 45
I took our Yule tree down today. Dh complained, but the Solstice was Sunday and I just couldn't take it anymore. Ah...relief!
post #39 of 45
I think I am going to take everything, except the tree, down this Saturday.

Since dh, ds#1 and ds#2 are in charge of the tree now, they can take it down whenever it suits them...as long as it is down before January 2nd.

I really didn't put out too much this year. Enough to make it festive, but not so much that it will be a chore to take it all down. Maybe I found the balance finally.
post #40 of 45
I like tasteful Christmas decor. My DH, on the other hand, adores the most useless, tacky, enormous, ear jangling holiday themed gew gaws he can drag home If it's big, lumpily made, sheds little bits, plays tinny carols incessantly, has flashing lights, glitter, real feathers (angels, you know) and/or fiber optics, he's in love... apparently, it's hereditary, as a couple of days ago, his dad brought over a bunch of stuff (from RiteAid - 50% off!!!) & it's just dreadful - a motion detector Santa thingy (which only detects sometimes) that sort of plays Santa Claus is Coming to Town, whilst dropping bits of twigs & fake holly, & some similar items. DH also loves little Thomas Kincade villages that plug in, plus little other table cluttering scenes (fortunately, he bought these for his mother).

Do we just live with all this stuff in the interests of holiday peace, or is there any way to tactfully suggest that we don't need more such items?
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