Monday, November 26, 2012

Gangnam Style Delays Christmas Decorating

Yesterday, I was reading Facebook and I came across a friend who wrote,
"All Christmas presents bought, wrapped, bagged and tagged.  Now it's time to get the tree."
I almost puked.
I am wondering if she still has any Facebook friends left.
Okay, maybe I'm a little jealous.
I mean, I can still feel the belly ache from that "just a taste" of pumpkin pie.
My Thanksgiving mantel is still up, we haven't gotten our tree yet and our Christmas lights do not twinkle when I pull in the driveway at night.
Don't get me wrong: I LOVE the Christmas season and am just as eager as the next person to get my decorating up and my shopping done.
But there's something nice about taking it slowly ... enjoying each ritual.
I was feeling really good because I put together this little door decoration:

I found the ice skates at the Salvation Army over the summer and knew they would find their place in my Christmas decorating this year.
I wanted to decorate the door with something other than a wreath this year.  We are a little nervous that when winter weather really hits, those ice skates might bang against the glass and break it.
But our door is in serious need of being replaced anyway, so we decided to go ahead and take our chances.  If the glass gets broken, we'll just need a new door a bit sooner than we anticipated.
Maybe you think that's irresponsible. 
At first Jason did.
But when I came home after a day of thrifting, those skates were merrily hung on my door.
And Jason had a happy wife. 
I definitely hope the skates don't break the glass. I don't feel like buying a new door, but I sure am happy to see that little decoration when I pull in the driveway.
I'll be sure to keep you posted.

The only other Christmas festivities that have taken place in our house is that this little guy arrived with two gifts: one for Imani and Noah.

Good old Quinn returned from the North Pole with ornaments for Imani and Noah to hang on this year's tree.
Yes, we are THOSE people who have an Elf on the Shelf.  And YES, Imani "knows" but she's a girl who will always believe, which is one of the qualities I love most about her.  
So no, my presents aren't purchased or wrapped (I haven't even started yet),
my mantel is still set for Thanksgiving
And we don't have our tree(s).
I like to think it's because we like to gradually move into the Christmas season, but really it's probably because I sat around all weekend and watched Noah do his favorite dance to his favorite song, "Gangnam Style."
I love how he stops when the music stops.  He nails it every time.

What about you? Is your decorating done? Are your gifts wrapped?

The Girl Creative


  1. Stephenie,
    I have an old pair of skates that I incorporate into our Christmas decor! Yours look great on the door. It's too windy here, the glass would definitely be broken. Noah is a dancing machine!
    Your Friend,

  2. The door decoration is great, and I love your philosophy about the glass breaking! P.S. Our now 22 year old son pretended for a long time to believe in Santa after he knew. But he was afraid he wouldn't get presents anymore if he told us! :) Stopping by from the Girl Creative. Love your blog!

  3. P.S. I have just looked at your Fixer Upper page. Oh my gosh--I'm amazed at the transformation of your house. Wow, great job! It's beautiful.


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