After a busier than anticipated weekend, I returned to decorating the house for Christmas this afternoon. Eight hours later, the house looks less disheveled, but I’m not nearly finished. That’s ok. One reason decorating takes me so long is that I don’t like to exactly duplicate vignettes and décor every year. Instead, I like to freshen things up by mixing things up.
Decorating becomes a very creative and inspiration guided process.
I’m realizing that for me, creativity is messy. I get a flash of an idea and then I play with it, hunting for the correct pieces to pull the vision I have together. It’s similar to working a jigsaw puzzle, using the box top as a visual guide…except my visual is in my head, and the pieces are scattered throughout the house! And I totally destroy each room while I’m playing, before it all comes together.
As messy as the process sometimes is, it is always fun for me…challenging, time consuming, yes…and ultimately rewarding and extremely satisfying.
The plaid fabric placemats from Target set off this little table beautifully. The three santas ceramic candle holder is one of my favorite pieces. I paid a dollar for it at a thrift store several years ago.
The fresh Christmas tree is still bare, but it smells wonderful! It is patiently awaiting lights and ornaments. The santa mug collection is still boxed up. And snowmen are scattered everywhere, milling about as if at a snowman convention where no one is quite sure where he is supposed to be.
Tomorrow I’ll get those snowmen where they belong. And the mugs will get unpacked. The tree may have to wait until Wednesday. Tonight I’m sitting in a darkened house, with a couple of small trees lit up and a dozen or so candles flickering. It looks beautiful.
I’m in the flow, creatively, and the decorating will get done exactly on time. I am enjoying the process of getting my Christmas on.