I’m always a little sad the day that I take down my Christmas decorations and this year was no different. The tree, garlands, and wreaths had been deconstructed and our tree had been planted (we buy a bulb tree with the roots in tact so that we can add it into our one day wooded land). When I was finished putting it all away, it felt stark and without personality.
I remember thinking about when we lived in Vail, Colorado and the cozy feeling of Christmas would stay with us throughout the winter. Snow stuck around until May and with it stayed the twinkling lights and lush greenery. I got to thinking about winter decorations vs Christmas decorations. What is it that keeps us feeling cozy and wintry and keeps spirits bright and warm throughout the coldest months of January and February?
A quick scan of Pinterest showcased some of my favorite winter looks. Lots of white, twinkling candlelight, natural branches, antlers, and sheepskins. In my house I began pulling out the sheepskins and draping them on furniture. I put lights under a cloche instead of on a tree. I removed the tartan ribbon from by boxwood wreath only to replace it with an oat colored one. A feeling began to come together that was decisively non-hoiday, but was still warm and sung. I honestly don’t even think that having a couple of small evergreens flanking the door would be off base.
There was something about living it the mountains that made all that woodsy decor totally ok during the non-holiday months. I miss that mountain feeling and throughout this week will still make some changes to implement it in my house.
I told you in a previous post about my love for boozy hot chocolate that one day I would tell the story of Matt and My adventure moving to the great west. Today seems like a perfect opportunity because each year the post-holiday time period has me totally missing the mountain life. [Read more…]