Have I mentioned that I love Christmas? A lot? We’re talking giddy schoolgirl crush on Christmas that has become a major lasting infatuation of near Ana level obsession with Christian Grey proportions.
I know. I went there.
So clearly my house is very decorated. There are four trees. Yes, that’s right. Four. No your eyes aren’t going bad. I am that crazy.
Crazier yet? Three of the four trees are visible from my living room and dining room.
I know, I might be over doing it a tad. Just a tad.
However, I recently had a friend over for dinner who is not a Christmas lover. Yes, I do have friends that aren’t as obsessed with the holidays as I am. Cue the Elf quote, “That’s shocking.” But it does happen.
Anyway, said friend, is almost anti-Christmas and thinks of Christmas more as a disruption than a celebration. But, when this friend was over, even he was surprised to find that though there’s a lot of Christmas in my house, it’s not tacky Christmas. I believe the words used were, “Elegant and understated.”
I don’t know how anyone could call my decor understated right now what with three trees, but I’ll take that. Here, see for yourself.
The statement made me think, what makes the sheer amount of Christmas decorations in my home not look overdone? I puzzled and puzzled until my puzzler was sore. (Grinch quote. There is something wrong with me this time of year. I cannot speak or think without Christmas quotes entering into every thing I say, think, write, do. This makes for very interesting conversations with my husband.)
Ribbon. The answer is ribbon. (Among many other things.)
I love decorating with the wide ribbon you would find in the craft stores. Actually, I don’t discriminate against my ribbon. Wide, thin, sparkly, polka dotted….
My favorite uses of ribbon at Christmas time:
- In place of garland on the Christmas tree.
- To add a little flair to homemade ornaments
- To add some color and sparkle to the swag over my dining room window
- Handmade ribbon wreaths
- Pretty custom bows
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