My mom is a fanatic about Christmas stuff. Between December 1 and December 31 of each year our house is transformed into a full on red, green, and white Christmas village. She has Santas, nutcrackers, candy dishes, figurines, garland, flags, plates, bowls, mugs, salt and pepper shakers, tablecloth, and on. Growing up I thought she had a problem. Seriously. Each year I would think she couldn't possibly buy anything more; we were full on Christmas trinkets, but no. My mom would somehow find room. A nativity scene, more Santas that danced, angels, additional candy dishes. It was/is insane. There is no doubting when it's Christmas at my parent's home.
And while growing up I made fun, I really do love it. Sadly, my home is quite the opposite. In December, I put a runner on my table, stockings on the wall (we don't have a fireplace), and one snowman out. Oh, and we have a tiny tabletop tree which we were given by some wonderful friends. It has been okay for the past two years. Jeremy and I live in a small apartment. We don't have room for normal Christmas tree nor do we have room to store stuff. I know it doesn't make sense to start my collection yet, but I'm really depressed about it this year.
So what do I do when I'm depressed about not having a home to decorate for the holidays? I make it worst by looking at all the items I would buy if I did have a house.
So while in Atlanta, I decide to stop by my favorite two shops: Limetree and Swoozies. And, of course, the stores are decked out for Christmas...And instead of quickly glancing around and leaving, I take pictures with my phone so that I can continue to torture myself even after I leave the store...
Love red and green. And I love the funkiness of this tree. I want a Dr. Suess style tree. And this one is almost perfect.
Not only do I like holiday mats, but I also love wreaths.
I almost bought this one anyways. It's handmade and one of those items I'd never seen before. I called Jeremy to let him know and he talked me out of it. I continued to debate the subject with myself for another 10 minutes after I got off the phone...
I don't know when I would use these or if ever, but it's so festive!
See.. torture. I don't know what I was thinking. But then, I came across something else: something for Thanksgiving. It caught my eye instantly.
You see, I'm not just envious of my mom's decorations. I'm also envious of the traditions my family has had. Jeremy and I are traveling every holiday. And since we spend each holiday with a different family we have yet to make our own traditions.
Don't get me wrong. I love spending time with our families and taking part in their traditions, but I'm really looking forward to having our own. Ones that are special to us. Ones that represent the blending of those traditions.
So when I saw this item, I knew I had to buy it.
This year, Jeremy and I will be starting our very first family tradition! And who knows, maybe next year I'll have house to decorate!