Monday, December 5, 2016
Christmas Elsewhere: The Series
Some of you may remember the fiasco that was last Christmas season. No one seemed to be into it, everyone was either whiny, cantankerous or so close to being punched in the throat by me that I officially tapped out on family time this year. The Mr thought I was just raving and would calm down. Nope. This folder actually existed 23 minutes after returning home from Christmas Day obligations.
I was THAT done. I'm talking the day after Christmas last year, I found a cabin in the woods, sent the woman a pathetic email about how I lost my Christmas spirit and I suspect it may be hiding in her cabin. She immediately booked us and a sense of relief came over me. I was also that determined this year would be the year I reclaimed my Christmas spirit even before driving off to hopefully a snowy respite. The most important time we spend is with my mom and that'll be done one of the weekend days before the holiday. We'll see the rest of my family the following day and the next day, we are SOOOOO outta here! Some of you may remember this note to self and I'm taking it all to heart. There will be no holiday traditions of years past that have lost their shine, no matter how hard we try to make them sparkle. There will be no spending time with people who feel like they're being forced to do a holiday get together. Let's just plan something for January when the hub bub is over and we can swap holiday stories then. This year is all about peace.
But what do you do when a Christmas freak like myself has to travel for the holiday but still wants a magical holiday with all the trimmings? You can't quite haul all of your Christmas decorations with you! No but since I confirmed several times that we are allowed to have a REAL Christmas tree (haven't had one since 2nd grade!) in our cabin, I've been bookmarking things for the past year. I have some awesome paper projects and/or small items that should take up no more than a Trader Joe's bag while still giving loads of Christmas merriment! The key is about keeping things as flat as possible until it all needs to come together. To say I'm excited is like the understatement of the year.
I'll give you fair warning, there's a buttload of Mod Podge involved so grab a bottle if you think you might be interested in joining in the fun!
This week and next, I will be sharing some of those ideas and a few of my own so that if you should ever find yourself needing to be away for the holiday, you can still have yourself a merry little Christmas!
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