As some of you know, we had planned to be in a new house right about now. But, that fell through at the very last moment.
Because of the fact that, right up to that last moment, we were told (by the home owners) that it was a for sure thing, we tried to plan ahead and make the move easier by preparing and boxing thing up that could be dealt with ahead of time. I know, “don’t count your chickens ….” is usually my motto but, like I said, I believed the home owners.
With that being said, the things we packed up were all the nonessentials and that included Christmas decorations. I could spend a day going through and finding all the Christmas things and then another day trying to reorganize everything I just tore apart but, I am deciding not to do that. Why? Because it will add more stress to me. I am trying to make this Christmas as stress-free as possible.
Last year, I was sick, as in REAL sick for three weeks during the holidays. I couldn’t get out of bed. It was the weirdest and most frightening experience I have ever gone through. So, I missed most of the holidays. This scared my family and friends. I have a little girl who depends on me. A husband that counts on me. I don’t ever want to go through that again let alone put them through it again!
So, keeping myself as healthy as possible is a priority. A huge part of that is “letting things go” and not worrying about being perfect.
As far as Christmas decorating, I am using things that are readily available to me. I love decorating for Christmas. It is a joy to me to do it. So, I am decorating. I am just doing it differently this year.
My first different decoration is this shelf. I gathered jars and created a simple display. I think any “like items” gathered together looks pretty and is a simple way to create a centerpiece-like display. Just keep in mind the rule of thumb, always group things in odd numbers.
I grabbed Epson salts and candles I already had. And some dollar store Christmas ribbon.
Very simple but, so pretty! this little vignette will get squished together because I don’t want the whole “each thing is perfectly and evenly spaced. But, I left it like this to show you the different jars used.
I will probably add some fresh cut pine boughs when I finish this shelf. The only thing purchased was the $1.00 spool of ribbon. Fun, easy, pretty and thrifty, all my favorite things!