For many of those that live in the south, Christmas decorating begins the day after Thanksgiving. I cling to my childhood memories of decorating the house starting around the first of December, and culminating in decorating the tree about a week before Christmas. The tree remained up until Twelfth Night (this year it is January 5th) when many towns had gatherings and huge xmas tree bonfires to warm the usually freezing night air. It officially marked the end of the holiday season, although, as an adult and in many a year I left my tree up until late winter. It just seemed too cruel to my psyche to face long cold gray days without some sparkle of the evening lights. I would then take down the trees (yes, plural) and then little by little dismantle the rest of the holiday decor……..kind of easing myself into winter. By then I was ready for the change and a return to more order in the house. The last thing I pack away are the door wreaths. By then I am ready for spring!
Below are some lovely trees for inspiration, including a couple of my own. Color, theme and decor combinations are endless and is what makes decorating trees so much fun. I will never live long enough to decorate enough trees and homes as my inclination desires. That is why it is so much fun to see others holiday decorations, so in that spirit, I would love to post some of your own holiday decor if you feel inclined to share; just email me photos if you like.
I hope you enjoyed the Christmas tree tour, including a few of my own. Don’t forget to feel free to share traditions, or decorating. Dog and children photos welcome! Thanks for reading. Laters, charisse