There’s No Place Like Home

The holidays are always an emotional time.  This year, I’m feeling even more emotional.  Not only do we have a toddler, we have another one on the way AND it’s our first  Christmas in our own house!  As I started the decorating for Christmas, there was a sense of urgency to get it all up and make it look amazing.  And then, I realized that I was really the only one that cared about it all that much.  The tree looks nice.  There are some lights on the house but not as many as I would like.  A 2 year old couldn’t care less.  Don’t get me wrong.  I think that she likes the lights and the tree but it’s really not a huge concern for her.  So, I’m determined to view our Christmas decor as a work-in-progress.  Next year, we may actually have a real mantel above our fireplace.  Next year, the bushes that I don’t like will be moved closer to the house and might have lights on them.  Next year, we’ll have a 3-year-old and a not-yet-1-year-old.  So…..if the tree gets decorated, we’ll probably be lucky. 🙂

Here’s what we have this year:

My Santa collection.  I imagine that this will grow over the years.  I think next year, I'll buy or make a wreath to hang above the Santas.

My Santa collection. I imagine that this will grow over the years. I think next year, I’ll buy or make a wreath to hang above the Santas.

The Christmas tree.

The Christmas tree.

I love how the lights on tree reflect off of the doors on the fireplace (in the front) and the doors on our tall cabinet (in the back).

I love how the lights on tree reflect off of the doors on the fireplace (in the front) and the doors on our tall cabinet (in the back).

The front porch.  I imagine that next year, we will have lights on the bushes as well.

The front porch. I imagine that next year, we will have lights on the bushes as well.