Topic: Home environment
Stage yourself a Merry Little Christmas corner …
It’s a suggestion, not a demand…so don’t over-react by getting stressed-out. (You know who I'm talking to)
I have heard a lot of people saying “I’m not putting up the Christmas tree this year”, “I just don’t want all that work”, “I’m not in the mood”, “Too much else to do.”
I know, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the Christmas holidays. But I think there’s a compromise possible. And, in under an hour, you can stage yourself a little Christmas niche that will perk up your mood yet still keep clean up to a minimum.
First, decide what community part of the house you spend most of your time. Then find a “staging area” where you can put a small tree, and a comfy chair in which you can sit and have a cup of Christmas cocoa or a glass of wine while opening up your cards (or checking your e-cards on your wireless device!).
The area is defined as a “stage” by outlining the space with some Christmas garland…easier to do if you’ve chosen a spot by a window. And windows also let you count your tree as “outdoor” decoration if you can see it outside!
A real or artificial tree
Lights (not needed if you picked up a pre-lit tree!)
A “tree-topper”—(extra credit if the ornaments and topper reflect something about you!)
Table with holiday greens (artificial OK)
Recorded/uploaded Holiday music
Now, outline your stage, put your tree up on one side, the comfy chair in the other, a little table with Christmas greenery. Add a scented candle. Light the candle. Add a dog or cat (that's Max, one of our shepherds in the picture). Put the music on. Make the cocoa or pour the wine.
Remember to set the timer to come on just before you come home from work and to go off automatically when you retire for the night.
Even if you don’t put up anything else (and you COULD you know, put up a door wreath and that lighted Christmas village scene and nativity you have packed away without breaking a sweat)—but even if you do nothing else…at least they’ll be a little Christmas cheer to greet you throughout the next month.
Under an hour…promise.