For so many years before the birth of my children I was a miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. That is not in the gift department, but in decorating. I rarely put up a Christmas tree, and I certainly did not hang things on my walls, or create crafty decor that would give the house cheer. It just wasn't in my nature. I would rather spend my time doing other things, and decorating definitely wasn't one of them.
However, here's where it all changed. Years ago, I went to my brother and sister's house. By law, Brandy is my sister-in-law, but in our reality, she's my sister. My brother Chris and Brandy have been together for 20 years. 20 FREAKEN YEARS!!! It's amazing, and wonderful.
Anyhow, I stopped by their house one afternoon to find the house decorated for Christmas. There was a peppermint candy dish in the middle of her kitchen counter, as well as a Christmas oven mitt hanging from her cabinet. Her stove was adorned with Christmas towels. There was a holiday centerpiece on her kitchen table.
I walked though the kitchen into the living room, and lo and behold; there were more decorations. The Christmas tree was lit, and it was broad day light! There were decorations on the mantle, and on her coffee table and the kids each had mini trees for their rooms. They were lit too!
I was stunned. I would never do that. My mom never did that. She rarely hangs things on her walls, and she didn't, and still doesn't, decorate to the nines for Christmas. Don't get me wrong, we always had a tree, and something small on the mantle. but she didn't see the necessity of it. I understand that, and I went on to be that way for years.
As I rounded back into the kitchen I told her how much I liked her candy dish. She replied,
Yeah, the kids like it when I do these little things.
The smile she gave me was electric! It was broad, genuine, endearing, honest and all the characteristics you find in an awesome mom.
She said it and meant it. The kids loved it. That's all that mattered.
Goodness gracious! Brandy inspired me! It never occurred to me that even simple holiday decorations made the house pleasant. Things changed for me with those 11 words. No, I didn't plan to go crazy, but I could spruce some things up. Okay, maybe I did go a little crazy. I even bought two snow globes. A santa and his Mrs. Ribbon. Yes, ribbon.
Honestly, how difficult is to put out a candy dish, or set a nice table? What about the kitchen towels? It isn't difficult. As a matter or fact, it's ridiculously easy. And guess what? The kids do love it. Everything from the wreaths to the pine cone ornaments.
The season begins
Lisa M. White
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