The family welcomed the dawn of the Christmas season by vowing to decorate minimally. We were not bringing Christmas tubs in from the garage and we are not putting up a tree. We have three trees already, all of them neatly packed in the garage, and since we are going away for much of the Christmas season, it seemed pointless to put up all the decorations.
Until the day after Thanksgiving. When we would have been decorating trees and hanging stockings, we were staring at the same blank walls and un-festooned staircase. Then Jim decided we at least needed the holiday dishes out on the table. And because the linens for the table are in a tub in the garage, this required we make a trip to The Christmas Tree shop to pick up a table runner. And wreaths. And wreath hangers.
And then today, the decision was made to go buy a small tree. One that would say it was Christmas, let the kids decorate, and be manageable to put away when we get home in January. Then it became two trees. We decided to put them in the bay windows in front of the house, so this also eliminates the need to do too much decorating outdoors, while still displaying SOME Christmas spirit.
We went with non-traditional.
So Happy Christmas, Nollaig Shona Daoibh, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noel, Mele Kalikimaka – whatever it takes to wish you the Merriest of Christmases. The Skamarakas family would like to wish our family and friends world wide a very Merry Christmas, and the best of all good things in the New Year!