Worth decorating for a party of one? Sure, why not! So last night, that's just what I did. Ummm...does it take a little bit of the holiday edge off if I decorated to the sounds of Arizona vs. Oregon in double overtime rather than "sounds of the season?" Whatever the setting, the apartment is now minimally bedecked with some touches of holiday cheer.
You know, they could make those artificial tree needles just a touch softer since they require a certain amount of fluffing and un-smushing every year. Slightly ouchy. And while I'm not necessarily a huge fan of artificial snow puffs, they do a bang-up job of concealing power cords and unattractive metal tree bases while also providing a soft landing place for any snowflake ornaments that may decide to take off on an adventure in parachuting. I love those little snowflakes! Carrie and Jason gave them to me for Christmas a few years ago, and they're just perfect for my little trees.
When I unearthed the Christmas wreath for the front door, I also found my fall wreath I'd forgotten about, which involved a random burst of creativity, bargain purchases at Garden Ridge, and some hot glue gun adventures with Amy. Sorry I forgot about you, little fall wreath! Maybe you can make an appearance next year.
Oh, and I've got more than just the trees and wreath going on - there's the squishy snowman (with berry wreath backup) guarding the living room from his perch on the bookcase:
And if that theory holds, then apparently Kerry and Carrie are also keeping watch over the living room from the picture frame, which is kinda cool. Although they're wielding bridal/bridesmaid bouquets, which are much less menacing than the squishy snowman's rather sharp and pointy spade/shovel thing. And yes, I realize inanimate objects are not actually going to come to life and defend my living room in any way.
Ooh, there are also jingle bell snowflakes dangling from cabinet pulls in the kitchen, which I might have to rethink. Yes, they're festive and shiny and cheerful, but I don't know if I can really handle a jingle of holiday cheer every time I want to grab a spoon or pull out a box of pasta.
A bit o' holiday cheer to all ya'll out there, and...Bryan Family Christmas Cruise sets sail in almost exactly twenty-eight days! Yee-haw!