HGTV featured a show recently about how celebrities decorate their homes for Christmas, and I knew I was in trouble, first because I had no idea who these celebrities were (Brooke Burke: who she?), and second, because when I saw the pictures of said homes, I felt like I was looking at a decorating version of the rooms you see on those hoarding shows.
What happened? I used to love plastering the house with baubles. When my daughter was little, this time of year there'd be no finer place than the unpainted wooden Christmas tree aisle at Michael's.
But comes a point when too much stuff is too much stuff, whether it's spangly snowflakes or pants you haven't fit into since 1997.
Over the past few years we have ratcheted back the holiday stress by adopting the policy of The Gift O'Nothing, which you can read about here.
This year we thought we'd try the small tree school of holiday decorating. We weren't quite ready to go all the way to the tabletop size yet. But I did manage to find a nice little three-footer at a nearby farm stand.
I had second thoughts when I found we could fit the tree - and a good sized wreath - into the back seat of my Corolla.
But those trepidations disappeared when I only had to get one box of ornaments out of the cellar. That means only one box to put away. So I may actually get the job done before June.
HGTV will not be coming to my house anytime soon. And, unlike other, more fortunate Christmas trees, this one did not have a stylist. But I think it looks fine.
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