Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Christmas Decorations...starting over!

Went up to the attic a couple of weeks ago to check out the Christmas decorations. Since we're in our new house, suddenly all my old stuff just seems, well, OLD.

For the last few years, I've just been hauling out all the old knick-knacks, wreaths, etc., and haven't really bought anything new, since we were in the midst of planning for the new house. So when I look at the miss-matched things in the attic I just can't bring myself to pull it out.

If I don't put out the Christmas Village, H will be very upset, so I might need to find a place for that, but I think this year I'm going to get some new stuff. I bought a new artificial tree, pre-lit (great idea, by the way...), since I like to put it up early and since we'll be traveling soon after Christmas, and a real tree would get way too dry and dangerous. But I will buy some real garland and wreaths and things for the staircase and front door, and a few re-usable things that better fit the new digs.

I already bought a new menorah for Hanukkah. This year Hanukkah is early, so it doesn't compete with Christmas at all. We only light candles, no gifts...there are plenty of those at Christmas. But I love the tradition and beauty of the lighting of the candles. J celebrated Christmas growing up, not Hanukkah (Christian stepfather), but I think it's important for H to see the traditions Judaism. It's her heritage.

My family will probably feel like we're not decorating enough, but if we start fresh then every year we can add a few things and I'm sure that before long we'll fill up the house. Of course, my taste will probably change by then and I'll have to do it over again.

Now I just have to find a place for the Christmas Village...