With temperatures reaching 100 degrees and the humidity making sweat run down the back of my knees (you know?) it was hard to believe that Christmas will be sliding down our chimney in just a few weeks. Or is that Santa?
Anyway, I determined it was time to decorate for the holidays. First up was a homemade advent calendar that I hung on the odd little wall above our kitchen table. There’s a red card for each day up until Christmas that we’ll take down each morning at breakfast to discover the message on the back.
Some days have little challenges like “perform a random act of kindness” or “call someone from your G (our training group) just because.” Others have positive reflections, like naming something we’re thankful for or an unexpected joy of being Peace Corps Volunteers. I’m lucky Isaiah is such a good sport in participating in these little “games” of mine.
Next up was a tree. Much to my surprise I have seen some traditional Christmas trees around town. However, this isn’t going to be a traditional Christmas for us, being away from family and all, so a different kind of tree was in order. Hence, this happened:
Now to prove I’m not nuts (or at least not alone in being so) I found my inspiration for this odd branch tree from a very reliable source: the internet. Check out my inspiration images.
I love our strange little tree and Isaiah even admitted that he liked it too, which flattered me to no end. It’s decorated with homemade ornaments including
cotton snow balls, pretty images from a travel brochure, and even some of my jewelry.
But as for where I’ll be hanging out for most of this month, it’s under this homemade mistletoe found between our living room and kitchen. Who knew that toilet paper roll could look so…festive?
And my last little Sunday afternoon project was hanging up the cards, notes, and drawings we’ve received from all of you guys to remind us that, in a way, we’re still celebrating this Christmas with family and friends. But so far my little twine clothesline is refusing to stay put, so I’ll have to keep working on that.
I know Christmas isn’t about being cold or putting up decorations, but these little house tweaks have helped put me in the Christmas spirit. They make me smile! Sometimes it’s the little things.
What are you doing to get ready for Christmas? Any other untraditional Christmas trees this year? How about Christmas album recommendations? We just have two (Josh Groban and James Taylor) and that could get a little old over a month’s time.