4 Weeks to the Holidays: Decorating the House

Decorating the Christmas tree has become more and more of a chore. This year I skipped the heirloom ornaments and started with a fresh theme. - 4 Weeks to the Holidays: Decorating the House | Organize 365

Every year, I lament how long it will take to decorate the Christmas tree.

You know what- it took half a day. That’s it.

Decorating the Christmas tree has become more and more of a chore. This year I skipped the heirloom ornaments and started with a fresh theme. - 4 Weeks to the Holidays: Decorating the House | Organize 365

This year, my tree is a blissful, organized display of red and gold ornaments. I even have a fun idea for the tree in January.

Normally, I decorate my tree with ornaments that have been given to me since I was a baby. The ornaments have so many… memories.

My childhood was idyllic, but the last 10 years of our lives have been a journey. The holidays seem to amplify all expectations of what a perfect family looks like and “should” do.

I realized that the ornaments I had were too many memories that I had to continually relive. Good holidays, sad ones…and a yearning for a time gone by.

I needed a Christmas with plain ornaments.  A pretty backdrop for the next acts in this play.

Decorating the Christmas tree has become more and more of a chore. This year I skipped the heirloom ornaments and started with a fresh theme. - 4 Weeks to the Holidays: Decorating the House | Organize 365

I took the time to divvy out the children’s ornaments. Abby got a bigger tree for her room and had a great time “decorating” her own tree.

Decorating the Christmas tree has become more and more of a chore. This year I skipped the heirloom ornaments and started with a fresh theme. - 4 Weeks to the Holidays: Decorating the House | Organize 365

Joey opted for a plain tree with snow lights. I love how he added the pillowcase as a tree skirt.

I pulled out any of Greg’s ornaments and added those to the “fish tree” we have in the guest bath.

Decorating the Christmas tree has become more and more of a chore. This year I skipped the heirloom ornaments and started with a fresh theme. - 4 Weeks to the Holidays: Decorating the House | Organize 365

My favorite ornaments are the ones the kids have made at school or with me. I took all of those and put them on a tree in the family room.

Decorating the Christmas tree has become more and more of a chore. This year I skipped the heirloom ornaments and started with a fresh theme. - 4 Weeks to the Holidays: Decorating the House | Organize 365

Decorating the Christmas tree has become more and more of a chore. This year I skipped the heirloom ornaments and started with a fresh theme. - 4 Weeks to the Holidays: Decorating the House | Organize 365

As for “my” ornaments, I got rid of the broken ones, or ones that brought back more bad memories than good. But I kept most of them.

They are stored in the basement. But for now, this is a season of new memories and new traditions.

How about you? What are your holiday decorating traditions? Have you ever made a change?
See the rest of the 10 Weeks to Organizing Your Holiday Celebrations:
10 Weeks To Organizing Your Holiday Celebrations
9 Weeks To Organizing Your Holiday Celebrations: Make A Plan
8 Weeks To Organizing Your Holiday Celebrations: Will You Send Cards?
7 Weeks To Organizing Your Holiday Celebrations: What Do You Want To Do?
6 Weeks To Organizing Your Holiday Celebrations: What Will You Eat?
5 Weeks To Organizing Your Holiday Celebrations: Gift Wrap Organization
4 Weeks To Organizing Your Holiday Celebrations: Decorating The House {You’re here!}
3 Weeks To Organizing Your Holiday Celebrations: Stock Up On Basics
2 Weeks To Organizing Your Holiday Celebrations: Create Bags For Each Event
1 Week To Organizing Your Holiday Celebrations: De-Clutter and Donate Old Toys

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  1. Sue in Tenn says

    One tradition we’ve kept is to buy a new Christmas-themed stuffed animal every year. When my kids (26, 22 and 12) were babies, the relatives would send these darling stuffed animals at Christmas time, many of them wind-up, music box style, that played Christmas carols. Another friend from my home state of Michigan sent my husband and me the very first Santa Bear (I think something that started in Dayton with Dayton-Hudson’s?) to commemorate our first Christmas together, some 27 years ago. We still have all of them. Each year we would take them down from the attic, and it would bring the kids such joy to see these little friends from their early childhood and play with them during the season. Over the years I have added so many that they no longer fit under the tree! My 12 year old son still gets excited when he unloads that box full of fluffy creatures! It warms my heart to touch those gifts that were given so many years ago to celebrate our marriage and the births of our children.

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