I wanted to get my Christmas decor posted, oh about 12 days ago, but well… It obviously didn’t happen. I was hoping to be able to join in on all the fun link parties around the blog ‘hood. Better late than never!
I don’t like making excuses on my blog. If I don’t post for a few days, you generally won’t see an apology from me. I’ll just pick up where I left off. I get annoyed when I read excuses on other blogs, so I try to leave them off of mine.
With that being said, I’ll be honest with you guys. I haven’t been as motivated lately with decorating and blogging. I haven’t been feeling well for awhile now, and it’s finally really catching up with me. I don’t know if it’s the cold, or the allergies, or what, but I feel even crappier than I usually feel.
I never feel 100%. Ever. I’ve struggled for a long time to figure out why I feel so run down and tired all the time. I have to drink an energy drink just to get basic tasks done. I’ve finally narrowed it down to two things that I’m pretty sure are the root causes of my feeling like I have a mild flu every day.
I’m about 99% sure I have Non Celiac Gluten Intolerance. Sucks. Really Bad. But at least when I don’t eat any gluten I feel a whole lot better. My sister was recently diagnosed, and we share the same symptoms. I’ve been gluten free for about 3 months and am feeling better already.
I’m also pretty sure I have Hypothyroidism. The more I read, the more I think I’ve had it for years and it’s just getting worse and worse. I have an appointment with an Endocrinologist next month and am anxiously counting down the days. It’s genetic, and my dad and grandma both have/had hypothyroidism, so I feel I’m a pretty good candidate for having it myself.
So, I’m sorry I’ve been posting less lately. I genuinely want to be here with you guys, I just haven’t felt awake enough.
This year I decided to go “minimal”. I brought down all the Christmas decor, and after a week of it covering the floor and me not feeling motivated to deal with it, I put out a few decorations, boxed the rest back up, and stuffed it in the garage. We do have a beautiful tree and mantle though so I don’t feel like too much of a Scrooge.
I also added all my glitter pinecones to the mantle because I’m pretty much obsessed with sparkly glittery things. In addition to the glitter pinecones, I also added my glitter framed vinyl tree to the mantle.
Last year I hung our bright ‘n funky Old Navy Stockings on the mantle for a more casual feel, but I decided to go more traditional this year with my handmade velvet stockings I made years ago.
Besides the mantle and the tree, I also decorated the railing on our staircase. I couldn’t resist the Old Navy Stockings. They are so bright and cute. The kids are so confused now and keep asking if Santa is going to fill both of their stockings. Maybe it’s a faux pas to have multiple sets of stockings in the same room but I don’t care one bit. I love them all.
Some Walgreens glitter trees and Target reindeer (both from last year) have been added to my green cart in the entry.
Ben and I have a set of glass ornaments from Russia that we try to put out each year. They are too fragile to put on the tree so I hung them from an ornament stand I picked up at ikea.
Here are some snow and candles on the shelves in our dining room, which I shared with you last week.
The rest of the decorating is on the headboard turned sofa table that I dragged from behind the couch. I might leave it here instead of putting it back behind the couch. I really like it here so much better.
Some of the decor on the sofa table are my terra cotta Christmas trees, West Elm Nutcracker Knock-Offs, and Silhouette Advent Calendar. There’s also a bowl of candy, a stack of children’s Christmas books, and a few of random decorations.
And that’s pretty much it for Christmas 2011. This is the year of simplicity. Even though I haven’t been crafting like a crazy person, covering everything in glitter, and decorating every square inch of the place, I still think it’s safe to say my mantle is looking a lot prettier this year than last.
I think it’s safe to say I’m slowly getting better at decorating. Not perfect by any stretch, but better.
I hope you have a nice easy simple holiday season!