Today we take a peek into my personal Christmas cave. Just nine days into December - the decorations in our lounge room are already on the brink of peak Christmas.
This year the theme is MAXIMUM COLOUR. ALL colour, EVERY colour, BOLD colour. No pretty pastels, no subtle shades... just ALL-OF-THE-COLOUR. This was decided and cast in stone months ago - back in the middle of the achingly dull, grey, foggy, winter blah. The days of grey were sapping my life force. I wanted big bright bold colour in my life. I projected myself into sunshiny December and saw a Christmas room FULL of bold primary brights... so I bought decorations online in August. Wonderful, enormous, vibrant tissue paper baubles and shapes from Lark. Take a peak at their awesomeness here...
Now I have always been a bit.. um, shall we say... 'particular' with how the tree is decorated... I would 'tweak' (read: completely rearrange) the baubles and bits after the kiddos had drifted off to sleep post trimming the tree. This year there has been a shift in my care factor. A glitch in the matrix? A rising in the force? A hiccup in the space-time continuum? Or perhaps I just couldn't be stuffed this year. I let the kids go for it. The have piled multiple baubles onto single branches. They've dangled angels next to Santas and shiny disco balls next to reindeer. Red, Green, Purple, Silver, Blue, Gold, Sequined, Furry, Glass, Heirloom and even home-made glitter-glued-bedazzled-polystyrene-balls-festooned-with-pipe cleaners are dangling side by side. My lounge room is totally the United Nations of Decorations.
We have Christmas bunting (made by clever Jesse.) We have FIFTY CHRISTMAS WALL STICKERS (thanks Mum) ...over to you kids, go your hardest (only twitching a little bit over that one).
There are knitted Santas and a mad zebra in a stocking (? ...I know) and fairies and elves and sparkles and a sprinkling of glitter everywhere. (Mostly on me.) At one stage I sat back and felt overwhelmed like a kid on her first day at hypercolour day-care.
My house will feel like a stark minimalist paradise by the time the last sequin is sucked up the vacuum in January. Until then I am embracing living inside a sparkly rainbow like a My Little Pony in a field of magic mushrooms.
Are you a themey Christmas person? Do you think you could handle my max colour approach or do you prefer to stick with one colour? - and do you change it up each year?
What do you do with all your Christmas cards? We hang them on strings across the walls like odd rectangular Christmas themed bunting. Love. It.
Hope you're feeling the festive fun Gold Dusters!
- Love and sparkles, Kathy. x