My family, both of origin and offspring, can best be described as “quirky.” In fact, “quirky” is probably a generous description. If we’re truly honest, I just hail from odd people, married one, and went on to give birth to rather peculiar people.
My big quirk with Christmas is the tinsel. I like to place the tinsel. One Strand At A Time. It really is best that way.
Tossing it higgledy-piggledy is lazy, and doesn’t look well. My parents endured this quirk well, though I know they snickered a good deal about it. My husband certainly gets the snickers out of it. He also sometimes chortles, and once managed a guffaw, but that was mostly because my then-toddler was going along behind me gathering up tinsel and double-stacking it. My older kids do the same thing just to drive me smack out of my tiny mind.
But the tinsel is really the only thing I physically put on the tree. Decorating the Christmas Tree is my husband’s joy, and thus, his job. What I do now is Facilitate the Making.
Making Christmas, with regards to the tree, means we need to start early, usually in October. And so, this week, we’ve been brainstorming colors and decoration ideas. We’ve settled on a live tree (sort of a must in the Rockies!), and will use a mix of soft antique golds, silver, and a marvelous range of soft pinks, from a pearly salmon to a classic ballet peachy-pink. (The shot at the top of the post is last year’s tree, using a range of greens and purples.)
Through the next month, we’ll spend about $5 a week gathering supplies: pinecones, walnuts in the shell, sequins, beads, and glue. We’ll buy about 20 yards of ribbons to stream from the tree top to the floor.
In November and December, we’ll do the actual making. I’m excited to see the results this year, and am already thinking about color schemes we might use next year.
Making Christmas: I choose to rebel against the Holiday Industrial Complex.
Decorations are not something we must buy. We can be clever, and cheap, and make our own fun. Not every piece will be an heirloom, nor will every piece be saved for next year… but we’ll sure have fun making Christmas.