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Thread: What do you enjoy about decorating for Christmas?

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    Super Member Chicca's Avatar
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    Red face What do you enjoy about decorating for Christmas?

    My husband and I began decorating the house for Christmas today. With our medical problems it takes us a few days. LOL. Yet, after spending basically the whole day accomplishing what we did, we were sitting and talking and I asked him What is your favorite part of decorating?

    He said that hanging the Christmas bulbs was his favorite and went into describing various past events/instances and why that was his favorite. I really enjoyed listening to his memories.

    My favorite part of decorating is arranging all of my Nativity Scenes. For me it is so calming. Now, I can not stop there....I also love to set up all of the Knick Knacks. Understand that for me with having the severe memory problems that I do, it is like opening Christmas presents all over again. YIPEE!! On top of that, my husband describes the memories that go along with them and we end up talking and laughing. It really is a special time.

    One more thing that to me really makes Christmas decorations come alive (so to say) is the various Garland. They come in so many colors and just add that extra sparkle and brilliance to everything.

    I just thought I would share and find out what your favorite part of decorating is and why? Looking forward to reading all of your responses. I also want to say Thank You for sharing.
    Brenda

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    I love your story! We have not begun to decorate so not much to add today.

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    I love decorating my Christmas tree...almost all the ornaments are homemade, either by me, or by friends, or are given to me as gifts...so many memories...made over 30 years +...and I think of so many people as I am doing the tree decorating...I play Christmas music and just really enjoy every minute I am hanging all the ornaments....looks very old fashioned.

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    I love it all. I have a tree in every room including the bathroom and each has a theme in the family room I have the fireplace surrounded by trees sort of a forest look. Even have trees in the hall way. I do it right after Thanksgiving then just enjoy it.
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    I no longer decorate, just us two and older DGD. We go to oldest DD house, she decorates for 9 YO DGS.
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    I love helping my kids decorate the tree.....it is theirs......it gets decorated any way they want......maybe when they are older, I'll decorate it my way!

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    I love decorating the tree as a family we always have we have a lot of homemade ornaments some going back to my great grandmother it makes me smile of memories of Christmas past and looking forward to being a grandma myself now. I love the look on the grandchildren faces as they look at all the colors and lights. They get so excited to hang up their stockings by the fireplace. I get to tuck them into bed and relax with my daughters and DH.
    We sit around with Christmas music on and talk about all of our memories and what we look forward to, its one of my favorite times of the yr.

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    From the time my children were little We always start deco. on the Day after Thanksgiving, it usually took 3-4 days to get it done and the tree did not go up untill the Sat. before Christmas. Now the kids are grown with homes of there own, we have 9 grands now, and we can't get out into the hills as easy as we used to, we now use an artifical tree, this year we had 6 Grands at our house and everything went up in one day! I was amased! Everything inside, Christmas Villiage with over 50 pieces, that does not count the ice rink with moving skaters or the half pike for the snowborders, the stair railing is lited, all the candels, and nick nacks are out the tree up. Out side the EX-Large star is hoisted up the flag pole, santa and his sleigh with 5 reindeer, all the blow ups are staked down, all the banisters are wraped in lights The sueit balls are all hung in the trees, all spot lites are working (can't wait to see the elec. bill this year! NOT)and through all the glitz and crazyness of the day the best part was watching my kids and grands every time something came out of a box it was OH remember when or I made that or Mom has had that forever. No mater what happens during the year it is the looks of joy I see on there faces each time they see a memorie, that means Christmas to me.

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    No decorating yet for me the 8th or 9th of Dec I put up the tree we have an artificial one but I have wanted a real one for the last 3 or 4 years even tho I am allergic to them. We will see what is available this year. I may once again go with the fake tree. I usually do an old fashioned type tee.

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    I haven't started my decorating yet, but I love having a real Christmas tree. I have all sorts of different random decorations for it - no theme re colour or anything else - so it is like a scrappy quilt... all colourful!!

    I also have a particular love of tinsel. I will wrap it around everywhere
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    BAKING! I love "decorating" the house with the aromas of homemade Christmas cookies!!!
    Wendy

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    "I love decorating my Christmas tree...almost all the ornaments are homemade, either by me, or by friends, or are given to me as gifts...so many memories...made over 30 years +...and I think of so many people as I am doing the tree decorating...I play Christmas music and just really enjoy every minute I am hanging all the ornaments....looks very old fashioned."

    ditto, here. My favorite time is telling the DGKs the stories of the ornaments that their Momma painted when she was a little girl
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    Please make a recording of your memories, just to keep or to share with others. It would make a great gift!!

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    I love it all...it is a time of so many memories. I remember where each ornament came from. Joe and I traveled a lot and we bought a lot of great "stuff" for Christmas. It makes him seem near when I unwrap them and hang them on the tree. My home is decorated(I got it done the day after Thanksgiving) and it looks so pretty and peaceful. It is a sweet time of reflection. I think about when the kids were small and all of the wonderful trips to get the tree, wonderful smells of Christmas baking, wrapping all the gifts, etc. It makes me smile and even cry a little...sweet sorrow. (I used to wonder what that meant...now I know!)
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    I love making the kids and g kids PJ's this year I am up to 15 pr. Plus this years I am making soup bowl holders up to 42 need to make about 24 more. Pot holders as well.
    I love to bake and cook.
    I love our front porch. Decorations will start some time this week.

    Merry Christmas to everyone.
    Last year Hubby had almost no chance of living they replaced his heart valve Dec 23. He is Alive and Well. Thank you baby Jesus.

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    My dear MIL passed away 2 years ago. Just today I was decorating the house and I unpacked the stockings she had made for each of my children on their first Christmas. Those stocking were always loved but how hold a special significance for me.
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    I love that my family decorates together
    I love that decorating sets a tone of excitement for the holiday season
    I love that my kids love the tradition of decorating every year
    I love that it makes the house feel festive


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    I love getting my snowman collection out and decorating my mantle with them, fresh pine boughs and mini white lights. Kind of like seeing old friends after a long absence and just seeing their smiling faces makes me happy!

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    To tell you the truth, if the kids and grandkids didn't come for Christmas, we probably wouldn't put out any decorations. The problem is not in the decorating, but the taking down and packing away. It is just DH and myself now so we don't decorate for any of holidays anymore other than Christmas, and every year I put out less and less.
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    LIGHTS!!!! I love lots and lots of lights on my tree. I usually do around 1200 or morre on a 7 ft tree. My lights are never messy, I take several hours each new year carefully folding them up so that they are nice and neat the following year.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    This year my favorite was that my two grandsons (ages 12 & 10) decided they were coming home with me Thanksgiving night and we were going to do the tree. This is a first as they have never been interested before so the weekend before Thanksgiving I cancelled my other plans to put up my tree. It is my tradition to start decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. I usually start by taking all my fall decorations down and putting them away but this year because the boys came home with me I had to do it backwards and pull my Christmas stuff out first to get to my tree. You could not walk into any one room of my house without running into decorations and boxes. Did I mind, not at all, the grand kids grow up so fast that I want to enjoy them while I can.
    Happy Quilting
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