I love Christmas.
I love the entire time period from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. We have special holiday movies that only come out once a year (It’s a Wonderful Life vies for viewing time right alongside Scrooged.) We have wassail almost constantly simmering. We have elves that leave early yuletide treats in stockings (if you’ve been good, that is) and Christmas music is on permanent rotation all month. We do all we can to make the entire month of December a special time.
We have the kids’ tree, which is adorned with all things bright, plastic and Spongebob, and we have the family tree (aka Mom’s tree). The family tree is color coordinated each year. I have so many Christmas decorations that if I don’t edit, it’s like Christmas threw up in the house. (Hence choosing a color palate and sticking to it.) This year was red. Next year is gold, brown and black. (Yes, little pops of black.)
As much as I love-love-love the season, I love the post-Christmas decor sales. Not only is it the thrill of the hunt, but it’s the beginning of the 2009 Christmas season for me, as I scout out new deals for next year’s color palate.
I am a clearance sale goddess. I hit other stores too, but didn’t take any pictures because that would be, um, weird.