I pulled every box of Christmas decor from the basement and garage on Black Friday with all of the excitement you'd expect from a kid on Christmas morning. I promised myself I'd wait to decorate until the Thanksgiving leftovers were properly chilled in the fridge so I wasted no time in spreading out four years worth of thrifted, handmade, and store bought Christmas decor across our rather large dining room table. About half of it has made it's way to it's resting place and the rest are waiting on inspiration.
My decorating process isn't a quick one. I have been set on a color scheme for about a month but I still have to do things in layers and see what's missing, what needs to be edited down, added to, or put away for another year. This year the large white tree is decked out in pink, red, and gold, the small white tree has mostly gold, the aluminum tree I found a few weeks ago in Perry, OK is still waiting it's turn and we're also planning a trip to the tree farm for the kids.
A good chunk of these ornaments were found about three days after Christmas last year so it was fun pulling them out without rembering them. I really don't know how they all made it in the move without being smashed to pieces. They'll soon be spread throughout the house with the exception of the front porch. It's been designated as the natural Christmas tree room.
It's funny because about seven years ago we went to Indianapolis for Thanksgiving to meet up with my English host family and their dear friends. We had the ultimate ideal day after Thanksgiving day cutting down a tree in the snow, having s'mores by a huge outdoor fire, and enjoying hot apple cider in their beautiful home. Their home, by the way, was decorated to the nines with a Christmas tree in every single room including the walk-in closet. I remember thinking how beautiful and extravagant it was - as well as a teensy bit ridiculous - and laughing with Brett about it. I think I'm on my way to that same place folks!
I'm going to enjoy every second of it.