Deck the Halls

Instead of Black Friday (and beyond) shopping, I’ve spent the long weekend decorating for Christmas. Last year, we were living with my best friend and her girls and had a kitten. They put up a tree and a few other things, but I didn’t decorate. The year before that we weren’t sure if we were going to have to move and the kids would be with their dad for Christmas so I didn’t decorate.

To be honest, I haven’t felt like decorating for years. Even at the end of my marriage it was something that felt like a chore instead of something that brought joy. This year, I didn’t even question it….Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally when I decorate, and I couldn’t wait to pull the decorations out and put them up. I had decorated for fall, so switching things out felt right. I don’t go crazy (partly because the one and a half year old cat is still very much a playful kitten), but I have a bookcase that I like to use to display seasonal decor, and a couple items that get hung. I even picked up a couple new pieces, and I have a mental list for After Christmas Sales.

I bought some new ornaments after Christmas last year, and it was nice to see the tree decked out in them. Christmas decorating is not really a big deal, but the fact that I want to do it is. I am feeling very comfortable in my space, for the first time in a long time, and I feel in control. Decorating brings me joy again, like it has in the past. It feels good to be in a good place.

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