Sunday, November 25, 2012

Skipping Christmas?

Christmas Tree 2010

Not quite.  But, since we'll be in Florida and possibly Boston for much of December, we've decided not to decorate for Christmas this year.  I love the holidays, and I love decorating, so it's a bit of a disappointment, but with things as hectic as they've been recently, it's certainly for the best.  I made a few paper snowflakes for our door (using this tutorial, they turned out better than any other paper snowflakes I've ever made, and reminded me of decorating in England with Carlea and the others), and I'm listening to the Indie Holiday station on Pandora.  We're still planning to buy some Christmas gifts, and attend as many holiday parties as we're able, and spend some time wandering around the city taking in this special time of year, but I'm officially taking any pressure off myself, and saying that anything that doesn't happen this year can happen next year.  I spend a lot of time thinking about how nice it will be one day to have a house with stockings over a fireplace, to have 25 days of Christmas planned out in an Advent calendar, to have a pinterest-perfect tree with fresh pajamas and a hot chocolate bar underneath, but for now, I'm just glad to be flexible enough to opt out of it all when things get busy.

Christmas Tree 2011

Here's looking forward to those New York Christmas traditions we'll still be a part of this year, and to making more of our own next year!


  1. Susan and I decided we would do buy-nothing Christmas this year. We're still decorating a bit (we're going to get a tiny rosemary tree, probably, rather than a giant one), but we just agreed not to get one another gifts, and I can't tell you how relieved I am. It's never been a trial buying gifts for my mom, but I didn't realize how stressful that whole gift-giving complex was until we agreed to opt out of it.

    Also: Christmas decorating in Oxford! I feel like my memory of Christmastime in Oxford must be distorted, because I can't help remembering early December as some kind of Harry Potter-esque winter wonderland.

    1. I really like the idea of a "buy-nothing" Christmas. It must make it a lot easier to focus on the other, equally fun parts of the holidays.

      I also remember December as a Harry Potter winter wonderland. Like everything else in Oxford, I think there's a hazy glow of joy around it.