I love seeing how others decorate for the holidays and new decorating ideas. But lately I have this unsettled feeling in my stomach when I see some Christmas home tours and Christmas tree reveals. Some of our favorite magazines and bloggers do it up every year like it’s their job. Okay, that is half true for some of them.
But, is it just excess?! Do we really have to change up the color scheme, or the theme, or every single decoration every year? It seems awfully expensive, time-consuming, and wasteful to me. At a minimum, there is just a lot of undue pressure. It is hard not to compare your decor to others. With the glossies and Pinterest, it is totally a keeping-up-with-the-Joneses-syndrome on steroids.
This is my take on holiday decorating.
It’s okay to use last year’s ornaments!
And the ones from the year before…and the year before that…and the year before that.
Below is my tree from last year and this year. Can you spot the difference? Other than my improved photography this year. Don’t bother trying…there is no difference.
Some bloggers view their job description as always creating new things to inspire you. I admit I used to feel that way sometimes, too. But, not anymore. I want to inspire you to make it home, make it you, but sometimes that means you don’t need to change a thing. New isn’t always better.
What feels right in my heart is not constantly bombarding you with new ideas you should be doing (and calling it inspiration), but rather to let you know how awesome you already are!
The awesome you is going to hang up the ornaments from last year and the years before and be proud of your pretty tree! The awesome you is going to slowly add to your holiday decor collection over the years…slowly add things you really love.
I believe if you really love your holiday decor, you won’t want to replace it every year. Instead, you will be happy to use it year after year after year!
I am elated with our tree this year, even though it looks very similar to last year. Instead of scheming to re-decorate my tree, I played with my camera and got the cool shot above with my cool new twinkling lights trick.
We have bins full of ornaments we have made and collected over the years. I couldn’t imagine starting with a fresh slate. There is so much tradition and memory attached to the ornaments we already have.
Around my oldest son’s first Christmas we started fresh. To be honest all we really had in the years prior to that was a hodgepodge of crazy ornaments from our own childhoods. We started fresh and small. That first year our tree was pretty light on ornaments…and thankfully it was a small tree. Each year we make or add ornaments to add to the tree.
If we buy new ornaments or decorations, we buy only ones we really love. Ones we want to carry with us wherever our life travels take us. Ones we want to proudly display on our tree year after year. There are a couple categories that we group our favorites into; mercury glass, white animals, star-like shapes, and teal or lime colors. When we add new ornaments we try to add into one of these categories, because they are what we really love now and will love far into the future.
Last year we made a big investment on holiday decor…a new tree. Our 6ft tree we got as newlyweds looked awfully small in our two-story great room. So, we bought a new tree…a tree we will love for many, many years to come. We chose a 9ft tree…tall enough to be jaw-dropping, but short enough to decorate with a step stool.
Last year we decorated our new tree with old ornaments from the past. Old ornaments that are still good. Old ornaments that don’t need to be replaced. Just added to little by little over the years.
Here is our tree from two years ago and the new tree last year. Can you see the difference, other than the tree and the colorful glass ornaments we made last year? Not much, right?!
We are in love with our Christmas decor and don’t feel the need to dramatically change it up every year. We enjoy setting up our tree as a family the day after Thanksgiving. Then, throughout the season we add an ornament or two, if and only if we spot something we love. And, I think our tree is awesome…year after year.
How about you? Do you collect ornaments you love year after year? Do you get excited to pull them out of storage and put them on display for this one special month a year?