Remember when I mentioned that my house was a reverse mullet?
All business in the back and party in the front?
Meet my party.
This dining room is a little walk on the Christmas wild side.
AND I LOVE IT.
If you watched my Instagram stories, you know that this year I am the luckiest duck on the planet to partner with an amazing sponsor, Holiday Warehouse. Everything you see on this tree. Every ornament. Every bit of beaded ribbon. Every light. Every sparkle came directly from their warehouse.
I’ve never had a tree like this in all my decorating life.
Just between us? I was a little nervous at first. It’s a LOT. I mean this tree is all the bright and merry with a side of extra.
But then I remembered.
Why not celebrate it?
Are you ready for the sparklingist dining room this side of the Mississippi?
Here we go.
This is what my dining room looks like right now.
Can you even?
The tree was designed around the rug.
It has hot pinks and reds and yellows and greens and blues.
All the colors.
And all that color?
It just hopped up onto the tree.
And the table.
I’m all finished decorating now.
I can’t even tell you how happy that statement makes me.
I promised myself whatever was decorated by December 1 was where I was stopping.
This season I want to enjoy the holidays and I promised myself the following five things to make this season a little less stressful.
1. I’m scheduling a party the first week of December
The first week.
Just friends getting together and singing carols and celebrating the joy of the season.
There’s no inspiration like a deadline to get the house ready for Christmas.
2. I’m shopping more online
Usually, I make a big production out of shopping.
Total aside: Are you really surprised?
And I’m still going to have a fun shopping trip this year with a cute Christmas outfit and coffee and the mall bustling with people and Christmas music chiming, but most of my shopping I’m going to do online.
There are so many great deals and coupons and you can have it gift wrapped and send directly to the person’s house. No shipping or waiting in line at the post office.
And it’s so much easier shopping in fluffy slippers.
3. I’m going to play more Christmas music
I love Christmas music.
I want to rock around the Christmas tree and be home for Christmas and watch chestnuts roasting by and open fire and have joy for the world.
And sometimes I’m so busy and frenetic and frantic that I forget to turn up the volume.
I’ve already got it playing and it makes it feel like Christmas is officially here.
4. I’m wrapping gifts as they come
No more last-minute marathon wrapping sessions.
No more newspaper on Christmas Eve because I’ve run out of paper.
No more standing in aisle seven staring at empty shelves where the gift boxes and tissue paper used to be.
I’m wrapping them a couple at a time after I buy them and then using them to decorate around the house, too.
5. Remembering what is important
Savor each and every minute with family and friends.
Sometimes that gets all lost in the middle of the season. Stress takes over and we miss the minutes that matter.
I’m telling myself this now.
On December 2.
Before it all slips away and I’m standing in front of my perfectly decorated Christmas mantle with my unwrapped gifts and my unsent Christmas cards and my nativity that only has a camel and scolding myself and my unrealistic expectations because I couldn’t get it all done….
….instead of taking a moment to breathe. 🙂
PS Who’s with me?
PPPS In AMAZING Cyber Monday news—one of my favorite candle companies, Antique Candles is having a 30% off sale TODAY only with free shipping on orders over $75. My favorite Christmas scent is called Christmas Day. You can see the candles here.
disclosure: this post is sponsored by Holiday Warehouse.
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