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Saturday, November 23, 2013

ho! ho! ho! or bah humbug

Are you feeling ho! ho ho! or bah humbug about Christmas decorating?


I have to admit that I have been swinging back and forth between the two emotions.

Yesterday as I began to drag out the Christmas decorations from the garage I was feeling decidedly on the bah humbug side of things. 


There is just soooo much to weed through, and we need to donate a lot of it, but we have to see what mom wants for her apartment first. Then I will have to lug it over there and put it all up for her, as well as decorating here.


That is where the bah humbug was starting to kick in. It seemed overwhelming, but then I thought about how much my mom loves Christmas and how she may not have too many left, so I decided that a little ho! ho! ho! would be better.

I thought a little inspiration would help and where better to find it than a wonderful shop here in Lexington called For Friends. It was like stepping into a beautiful Christmas wonderland. I didn't come away with anything other than ideas (although sister got the square Santa pillow and a matching snowman one), but there was more of a Christmas spring in my step when I left there.


When I got home I turned on a Christmas CD (The Riga Boys Choir, my favorite), brewed myself a cup of tea, and did some Christmas dreaming.

So how are you feeling about the decorating process. Is it bah humbug or more of a ho! ho! ho! 



 

23 comments:

  1. I lurch between the two extremes. Fortunately I have a child born with Christmas in his heart. Lack of enthuisiasm on my part is viewed dimly. So I rise to the occasion. It seems whether we do it for ourselves or someone else it turns out alright doesn't it.

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  2. I'm working on the preliminaries.
    Nothing "up' until after Thanksgiving!
    We go real. The tree will be cut down on 12/14 this year!
    Can't wait to unpack my very special ice skates! <3
    w/L

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  3. I'm just "not feelin' it." Don't know quite why. Well, I know a little bit why. But I just don't want to drag it out and start in yet.
    Brenda

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  4. I have great admiration for people who do a lot of decorating. I don't have the time or energy for it anymore. I still decorate, but not on the scale that I did when my kids were little.

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  5. Laura, You have some really nice things. I hope you have a great week. xoxo,Susie

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  6. such beautiful photos, I am not in the mood at all, hopefully it kicks in soon,

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  7. i don't decorate for any season, so i'm definitely on the bah humbug side of things. but you are sweet to think of your mom.

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  8. You did the right thing by going out for some inspiration and a break from the monotony. You have a lot on your plate and I would feel the same, too. Your mother is going to love what you do and years from now you will feel good that you went that extra mile. Hang in there, sweetie! :)

    XO,
    Jane

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  9. I love for my old farmhouse to be decorated for Christmas, but I hate dragging it all out of the closet underneath the staircase! lol

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  10. Beautiful decorations. I can't decorate here but my husband and I decorated when he was alive.

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  11. What a pretty store. I hope to visit a store tomorrow that might have their decorations out, too. I haven't been in the mood yet...it's a lot of stuff to get out and I just got my living room set up the way I want it. But I'm sure the mood will hit me...maybe tomorrow! haha! Sweet hugs!

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  12. I like your attitude about your mom! That is SO true. I think if we choose to do what we enjoy around the holidays rather than what we feel obligated to do, we wouldn't feel so bah humbug about it all. If it's overwhelming to put up a ton of decorations, don't put so much up! If it's the crowds in the stores, then shop online! If it's the cooking, then buy pre-made. I think these are easy solutions. I am looking forward to the holidays because it marks a milestone for our family. My son (who is away at bootcamp) graduates in January and we will all be reunited again the first week in January. So I am ecstatic. We will then celebrate Christmas with him when he gets home.

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  13. I'd fall into the bah humbug category but I LOVE those pillows!

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  14. I am waiting until after Thanksgiving to do any Christmas decorating! With my daughter here from Calif and enjoying some family time, it's been easy to wait. I'm excited about getting my decorations out this year as I know Tiger will love it all. Still I have way too much and this will be the year of the big edit!! So enjoy the decorating and time with you Mom. Hugs, Linda

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  15. I'm looking forward to it. The decs are coming out of the loft next weekend.
    Love from Mum
    xx
    Ho Ho Ho!

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  16. Laura,
    Glad you turned it around to ho ho ho for your mom. So true we all should know every Christmas counts and it could be the last one for just about anyone. So making the most out of each one we get is the best way to celebrate what the season is about. Happy to read your post today.
    Kris

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  17. OK, that's odd, I thought I left a comment here yesterday, must be losing things again.

    We don't bring out Christmas until the week before too many years in retail have dimmed the sparkle of it. But gradually it's coming back to what it should be. All those trees I had to put up and take down, by myself ...sigh.

    Sounds like you had a great time at the shop.

    Jen

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  18. I'm a ho ho ho and have been for several weeks, but I'm having trouble with my go go go since I hurt my leg or whatever it is that the docs can't figure out in June. Jim said he'd get the tree for our bedroom out of the garage for me so I can decorate it - yippie! I love sleeping with our little tree lit! So glad your mood improved! Enjoy your decorating! Hugs, Leena

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  19. I don't decorate a whole lot for Christmas. I tend to bring in poinsettias and greenery closer to Christmas, and we decorate a smallish tree since our house is small. I'm Bah humbug about Christmas shopping. I want to be done before Advent so I can enjoy the season!!!

    Music and tea makes everything better, doesn't it! Cute post, and I love the store…I want to shop there! ;P

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  20. Glad you got the Ho-Ho's instead of the Bah- Humbugs. It is harder some years, isn't it? I have been thinking about my brother a lot with the Holidays coming up- my first set of Holidays without him. I am trying to keep it very upbeat and not stress too much about anything- xo Diana

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  21. I usually have the ho ho's but this year the kids decorated the tree and didn't allow me in the room so I've now got the Bah Humbug as they did a brilliant job without me. I'm doing the hall though! xx

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  22. Definitely ho!, ho!, ho! here, Laura. It’s easy to visualize December decorating this week with the abundance of autumn all around, the house warm and cozy and good smells coming from the kitchen (my own kitchen she said proudly) in preparation for Thursday’s feast. Wishing you and yours a happy Thanksgiving week.

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  23. I wait until after thanksgiving. That is late this year, plus I am hosting dinner on Friday not Thursday so by Saturday I'll be chomping at the bit to decorate! :)

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