It’s Not Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Last year's tree... nothing like this around here this year!

Last year’s tree… nothing like this around here this year!

… and that’s OKAY!

It’s December 18th as I write this, aka t-7 days before Christmas and to stand inside the PoP home, you wouldn’t really know it.

For me, this is weird. You see, I LOVE a good Christmas tree (largely because I had pretty sucky Christmas decorations/trees growing up). I love sitting next to it and basking in the glow of the white lights as they reflect off of all the shiny ornaments that we’ve both inherited from our families and have collected together during our marriage, and inhaling the scent of the fir tree that I insist Mr PoP help me pick out and drag home from Home Depot during the first week of December each year.

It’s so nice, and calming.

But this year it’s not happening. Yes, I did get our outdoor lights on the house as part of my solitary Thanksgiving, but we’ve got enough chaos going on in the house at the moment that the idea of decorating beyond that felt not like a treat, but rather as an imposition – as a chore.

So in a moment of grand clarity in the first weekend of December, I asked Mr PoP what he thought of skipping the tree and interior decorations this year. “Really?” He asked. “I don’t care one way or another, but I’m surprised you’re considering going tree-less. You love them so much!”

And after the words came out of my mouth it just made so much more sense. I LOVE basking in the glow of the tree and I LOVE putting the tree up, but I didn’t want to turn something I LOVE into just another chore on the “To-Do” list.

I imagine we’ll have a tree again next year. But for this year, instead of putting up a tree, we’re putting up a wall. Literally.

See, we’ve got half of a wall put up right now that will widen our kitchen/dining area from 7.5 feet to 11 feet wide. 11 feet, people! Best Christmas present ever!

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But sadly Mr PoP fell ill 80% through the project on Sunday and we’ve had to live with half of a wall all week. It’ll get done, but in the meantime, we’re getting rich by enduring chaos.

 

What’s your home looking like this holiday season?  It’s gotta be better than ours.  =)

 

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