Decorating for Christmas?

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As Thanksgiving approaches, I am thinking about how to handle the weekend that follows. Usually it sounds like fun to start decorating for Christmas. I love Christmas decorations and lights, but this year I feel a little overwhelmed knowing that I will be the one loading and unloading the bins from storage, putting up most of it, dusting around all of it, and then repacking it all neatly and delivering it back to storage. Is it time to simplify?

The mantel is a no-brainer — a lit garland, stockings, and a banner — easy. And I am excited to put up the white MIZZOU tree I started last year. It goes in the front room window and gives me so much pleasure that I considered putting it up when football season started!

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Some years I have put up another THREE trees: a PINK one upstairs for the girls (fortunately the stand broke and it’s long gone), the 12-footer in the front hall, and our “family” tree in the family room. But as much as I wanted a 12-foot tree for the two-story front hall, it takes up so much space that I get tired of walking around it! I just can’t decide if I’m going to do it this year. Kristin says ‘yes.” I am leaning toward “no.” I love the jewel-toned ornaments, but I could just put a bowl of them on the front hall table. 😉 What do you think?

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I don’t think it will be Christmas without the family tree in the family room. Some years it’s real (Tim loves them), though last year it wasn’t. I can usually round up some help for that one. Still, they all disappear when it’s time to wrap those treasured ornaments back up. Sigh.

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I am pretty sure the Christmas spirit will find me in time for Christmas this year. I’ll let you know if it does.

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