I really would like to decorate for Christmas this year, but I’m running into the dual obstacles of having gotten rid of our Christmas tree and the total lack of places to put Christmas decorations. (Truly, the only surfaces in our apartment that can hold decorations are the kitchen table, the kitchen bar, and the TV table (and tv tables have the unfortunate habit of having their tops covered by, you know, a TV. The nerve)).
Bart was not sad to say goodbye to our Christmas tree (he does not enjoy putting it up or taking it down, although he enjoys having it up – the best Christmas gift I can give him each year is to take the entire thing down myself and have it ready to go back in the garage when he gets home from work. I’ll have to think of something new this year. . . ). He did say I could get a small tree and put it on the kitchen table. I plan to take him up on this offer.
And we have a really nice nativity scene from my parents that I’d like to put up, but again. . .where? (Last year, it was on top of our bookshelf, but that bookshelf, along with most of the books it held, stayed behind in Boston). The top of the fridge seems very classy, yes it does.
We also have some excellent stockings that Bart’s sister made us the first Christmas we were married (and a Christmas stocking Bart’s mom started for him when he was about six or so, and just sent him this past summer), but, surprise! We have no fireplace. Should I nail them to the wall?
I like to have Christmas decorations up since it makes it feel so much more festive and also, hello, it is my baby’s first Christmas and the idea of nothing makes me sad. Because, clearly, she is going to notice and remember if I do nothing. And also, right now she’s too little to grab things, which surely won’t be the case next year, so I feel like I ought to take advantage of my last Christmas where I don’t have a child trying to break all my heirlooms (by which I mean “things I bought on sale after Christmas a few years ago”).
Yes, these are the kind of questions that plague me. My life is clearly very sad.