Around here the Christmas decorating begins shortly after the last dish of the Thanksgiving meal has been put away. Brett's job is to bring the multitude of storage boxes down from the attic and my job is to create Christmasland from the contents of said boxes.
I will admit that I Love Christmas decorations. Always have and I guess , at this point, it's safe to say I always will. At least I hope so. I just think it's so fun to see all of the different ways people festoon their homes for this glorious season. In fact, I remember once as a teenager I was invited to a "keg party" at the house of one of the people I worked with. It was around Christmastime and most of the kids, having recently reached the age of legal drinking , were making a beeline for the keg. Me, I was more interested in making a beeline for the Christmas tree. Even then I loved to see the ornaments on other people's trees. I find it so interesting to hear the stories of the family memories attached to the various ornaments. Now, I'm not saying I never got to the keg, but that's another story for another time. Ho Ho Ho.
Anyhow, on Friday morning Brett stuck to his end of the bargain carrying box after box down from the attic. When it came time for my part, I took a look at all of those boxes and felt like going back to bed. It seemed a bit overwhelming. I daresay I felt a bit of the dreaded "bah humbug" trying to take hold. At this point I was hoping a gaggle of elves would ring the doorbell offering to deck the halls for me.
It was time for a big ole cuppa GOOD CHEER.
This cuppa came in two forms.
One ~ I made myself a cup of coffee and sat down to enjoy it as I gave my attitude an adjustment and ...
Two ~ this mug pictured above. It was my favorite find at a recent fun day of thrifting. This year our local Habitat Restore advertised that they would be putting their Christmas decor out On November 1st. My sister-in-law and I met there that morning and had so much fun thrifting for vintage Christmas things (our very favorite kind). Afterwards we enjoyed having lunch out.
Happy memories and a 50 cent mug that makes me smile every time I look at it.
While drinking my coffee and adjusting my attitude, I reminded myself that the best way to get the job done is to get started and keep putting one foot in front of the other.
This year I decided to change things up a bit in the kitchen. Instead of filling the kitchen shelves with a gingerbread theme, I decided to aim for a bit of whimsy ... cheerful, nostalgic whimsy.
Sometimes the worst part is getting started.
I find that if I can get one area finished, it gives me inspiration to keep going. So, now I'd better get back to it before I need another cuppa cheer.