When I was a kid, I always looked forward to pulling down the same old artificial tree and building it into its familiar shape year after year with my parents. We’d add a few new ornaments each year, but it was mostly the same look for years.
As I got older (and as more clutter got in the way), the tradition slowly faded away.
For the first few years that I had my own place, I would put up a Christmas tree. But the busier I got, the less important it seemed: putting up a tree doesn’t necessarily make Christmas any more important, and if you’re focused on what the holiday is really about, then a tree isn’t the first thing on your mind, anyway.
It has been about eight or nine years since I put up a Christmas tree in my home. I like looking at other people’s decorations, and I enjoy the festive holiday trimming at various department stores and malls. But I also enjoy the fact that someone else did all that work!
This year, however, things were a bit different. All of my neighbors — every single of them — decided to do something to decorate their front door. A few even got elaborate and pulled out the Christmas lights and strung them around their windows. And there was my place with nothing.
So I went to a local Christmas tree sales tent and purchased a nice pine wreath. I hung it on my door so at least I look like I’m in the Christmas spirit just as deeply as everyone around me.
How about you?
Did you do any decorations in your home for Christmas? Do you normally do more indoor or outdoor decorations?