To look a lot….
And on Black Friday, I’m okay with it.
If you can humor me, I have one more home-related post this week.
Because it’s time to decorate.
I don’t go overboard for Christmas. Nothing like these people, for whom I have the utmost respect, but perhaps not the same amount of time as. I’d rather be baking cookies.
However, I do deck the halls with little touches here and there.
Getting ready always starts with Christmas sheets. I firmly believe everyone needs a set. You think I’m kidding, but these sheets are important. They’re a teeny little touch that you’ll see every single morning and every single night. They’re just plain happy, and they’re just for a month, which is not long enough to get sick of them. Mine are from Pottery Barn, but aren’t sold anymore. These in stem green are similar, and Garnet Hill has some fabulous flannel options as well.
If you’re sleeping in new sheets each night, you’d best be prepared with Christmas pajamas as well. I picked up this pair from the JCrew outlet over the weekend, and couldn’t be happier with them.
They make me want to curl up with my favorite holiday movies and a mug of peppermint hot chocolate.
Once your bedroom is ready to go, head to Target and splurge on some melamine dinnerware.
Sometimes when the holidays hit, you’re completely overwhelmed with work appointments, life appointments, and putting together holiday cookie bags for all of your friends and neighbors. Getting dinner on the table every night doesn’t hold the same thrill that it does the other eleven months of the year, and you need a little extra something special to keep you motivated. Short of sprinkling glitter all over the table, I can’t think of anything better.
And that, dear readers, is it. Of course we’re headed to town for a tree tomorrow, and the stockings will be hung by our chimney with care, but that’s where we stop. The trick with Christmas decorations is, contrary to popular belief, not to go overboard. Put little touches in places where they’re least expected, and let them keep surprising you.
*A note – in order to keep the holidays sacred, and to ensure you never tire of your decor, these must, absolutely must, be taken down no later than January 2.