It’s possible that I start listening to Christmas music in October. It’s also possible that I crave peppermint bark all the time.
But because of Mt. Man’s insistence, I don’t get to celebrate Christmas (out loud any way) until the day after Thanksgiving.
Sure, I like Thanksgiving too. What’s not to like? Family, gratitude, turkey, gravy, stuffing, some random veggie casserole… All good things.
But Thanksgiving is not Christmas. Christmas is something special and should be celebrated as much as humanly possible. I may start to sound like Buddy the Elf because smiling is my favorite, but go with it. Embrace the Holly Jolly.
And to start to embrace the Holly Jolly – one must start with decorating for Christmas – in a teenie tiny apartment.
Ten Steps to Decorate for Christmas:
Prep the palette with seasonal yummies – Mom’s Hot Chocolate Mix and tasty holiday chocolates.
Assemble the tree – or if you have a real tree, put it where you want it. If you have an artificial tree, like I do, be sure to separate the branches to be as full as possible.
Test the twinkle lights. Last year, I didn’t test them and only after winding them around the tree did I spot a bare patch. Step III is critical!
Wrap the twinkle lights as evenly as possible around the tree. Be sure to layer inside the branches and on the outer portions.
String garland around the tree. I love these dainty little crystal beaded ones.
Add the larger ornaments all over!
Add all other ornaments wherever you like them.
Be sure to include ornaments from your childhood. Here’s Mt. Man’s:
Add the star/angel/beaded snowflake on top!
Next, you have to add little holiday touches around the rest of the apartment. Like an ornament jar, a mistletoe ball, a wreath on the front door. Use your imagination and have fun with it.
Make sure that there is some whimsy and sentimentality to your decorations. One of Mt. Man’s favorite Christmas stories is the Charlie Brown Christmas story. So we have to have one of these beautiful little trees to remind us all for the reason of the season.
So there you have it Folks, proceed with your Holly Jolly and get your Christmas on!