I was raised by a mother that has all kinds of holiday spirit. Growing up I really didn't appreciate it and just took it all for granted. Now that I'm all grown up with kids of my own, I'm really touched that my mother always went through the effort of decorating our home during the holidays. I cherish those holidays past.
Her holiday home décor ideas have always been easy and practical with a fair share of whimsy and frivolity. She does things like adding holiday specific throw pillows to the couches. Replacing everyday comforters on beds with cute holiday inspired quilts. Candles in appropriate colors for the season make appearances. And you know what? It really does add to the spirit of the season and make you feel more festive.
The present finds me far away from my mother on most holidays, but my mother still finds a way to spread her mirth by sending me holiday inspired gifts. My teenage self would have rolled her eyes at such gifts, but my grown-up self loves them. I open care packages filled with placemats for our Thanksgiving dinner, ornaments for our Christmas tree, and all sorts of sparkly knick-knacks to bring in the New Year and I feel the love, I feel the joy.
These gifts keep giving year after year because part of the fun is pulling them out of storage every year and letting the sweet memories of holidays past sweep over me and sharing those memories and creating new ones with my daughters. My daughters are very young, 4 and 2 years-old, the memories that their traditions will be built from are just being created.
The year that my eldest was born, we were gifted with a ridiculous battery operated Christmas stuffed animal style penguin that moves and sings, "Feliz Navidad." I though the penguin was not only ridiculous, but totally useless until I saw my daughter's face light up with joy every time that penguin sang, "Feliz Navidad." Now that penguin is a staple of our holidays. My eldest forgets about him all year long, but when I pull him out of storage, she squeals with delight. Her squeals are now echoed by her younger sister.
This holiday season we have already decorated for Día de los Muertos, Halloween, and we're in full swing for Thanksgiving. I love the bonding that occurs as we decorate, I love the opportunities to share stories of family that are far away, I love seeing our home all dressed up for the current occasion.
How do you make your surroundings and loved ones feel special during the holidays?
Our tradition is to decorate the day after Thanksgiving. I try to have a nice balance between decorations my son will appreciate and ones that us adults would like.
I let the kids decide where to place things, that way they feel involved.
I use the decorations that I had as a child. My hubby has some that he had and then we add my sons stuff in to make it everyones holiday.
I like to pull out some holiday decorations to make the place more festive. :)
We have an advents calendar...so we count down the days until Christmas with hidden surprises behind each door ! :)
I like to take out all the old Christmas photos from years past and put them up in addition to the new ones we get
I do something similar....
I put DS's Santa picture in a frame ornament and add it to the tree :)
I decorate to the hilt... Everything and everywhere, LOL!!! and the house is always filled with Christmas scents and sounds.
You should post pictures!
We go all out both inside and out. My kids give the same squeal (including my now 14yr daughter) when I bring out my animated stuffed snowman collection that plays music and moves.