Do you come from a long line of holiday obsessed people? I blame my holiday decorating addiction on my mother. Are you so busy business wise at the holidays that you ever find it hard to find the time to decorate your own home?
Nope, they were pretty much normal holiday loving people...until I came along!
My schedule is pretty hectic from about August straight through to February with almost no breaks at all.
My house stands completely unadorned the entire month of december, until we fly into town on the 22nd to get ready for my annual Christmas Eve party. Our first stop is the tree lot, to locate two 12' x 10' Christmas trees to fill the front hall and den. Once the trees are in their stands they are covered completely with thousands of glass ornaments and beaded garlands. The rest of the house is decorated with this and that, egg nog is made and before you know it, it's 7 o'clock and time for 500 or so of my closest friends to arrive for the party, which goes on long past Santa's arrival! Christmas day is fairly quiet and on the 27th we leave town as quickly as we arrived. When I return home in late January, all signs of Christmas will have been taken down and packed away until we do it all again next year.
What was your first Christmas decoration you remember making? Mine was a painted macaroni wreath that sat on top of my parents tree for years. Now that I think about it, I should make one of those with my kids this year.
A few weeks before the holidays, when I was in first grade, my teacher gave each of us a construction paper Christmas tree and a handful of brightly colored unpopped popcorn kernels to glue on it as ornaments. I remember being so excited, but just as we started crafting the fire alarm went off and everyone was ushered outside. However, instead of falling into line to exit the building, I gathered my project and hid underneath my desk, where I continued to glue on the popcorn kernels. Unfortunately, it was the end of the day and the other kids didn't come back to class so when my tree was all done and I went outside, the building was swarming with police and parents who all thought I was missing, but obviously me and my popcorn pine tree were both fine. I still have it pinned to my studio board! They say everything you need to know you learn in first grade, I guess that's true, since I'm still making Christmas decor today!