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.