It’s the holiday season, and I’ve been checking out other women’s Christmas décor on their social media posts. I’m seeing a lot of rustic burlap bows on wreaths, muted gold and red color schemes, and nature-inspired decorations involving pine cones and berries. I love the look and feel of these carefully curated holiday homes, but I’m afraid I will never live in one.
Because my Christmas decorating theme is more “tacky chic.” Probably minus the chic, though. Think lots of red, white, and green. Also, a fair amount of blue for some mysterious reason. Most of my holiday decorations were either a) gifts from family, b) made by my children, or c) made by myself when I was a child.
It’s bright and bold and borderline obnoxious, and I love it. We have colored lights on the tree, gingerbread potholders in the kitchen, and a Little People Nativity scene that my kids play within the windowsill. My kids have broken most of our fragile Christmas tree ornaments, so what’s left is tough and durable. Those traits are vital for survival in our household, so I don’t mind.
When I do get an urge to spruce up my generational Christmas décor, I go to the Dollar Store and buy a couple of kitchen towels and wall hangings that say “Be Merry!” or “Let It, Snow.” The towels will replace my old holey ones, but the signs will hang alongside my four-year-old’s finger painting of a Christmas tree. And you can bet I will proudly post a pic.