As a girl, I’d hear older women say, “I’m not decorating much this year” or “I’m not bothering with a tree.”
Who doesn’t want to decorate for Christmas? Who doesn’t want to put up a tree? For the life of my six-year-old self, I didn’t get it. But oh my golly, do I get it now!
And so last week, about thirty-five Santas in my collection took a sleigh ride to Goodwill.
“Will you get these out right away?” I asked the young man who helped me carry them into the store.
“This afternoon,” he answered.
I hope my Santas will have a holly jolly Christmas in homes all over Hillsborough. I kept about twenty. Three grace my mantel this season along with Santa postcards my mom bought years ago.
And that’s it for indoor Christmas at our house. Years ago, there was barely a surface not festooned for the holidays. Our ten foot tree took me four-plus days to complete. And I spent a chunk of January packing it all up again.
The next time we host the family Christmas extravaganza or a holiday party, I’ll pull out all the Christmas stops! I’ve got lots of boxes left in the attic.
But this year, my simple Christmas has put a ho ho ho into my heart in a way I never could have understood at age six.
What about you? Have you pared down your holiday decorating?