“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
― Edith Sitwell
There is no other time of year that brings to mind all the things that mean “home” more than winter and the holidays. It has become the gala of the home! We dress it up, drape it in as much “jewelry” as we can find, put a spotlight on it and then just stand back and admire! It’s the beauty, the whimsy, the warmth that invites people to share the love we have for our home! Yeah- they say Christmas is for kids, but our homes get their share of spoiling and pampering during the season too!
I remember growing up in Bardstown- that we always had a door decorating contest – for the businesses downtown, but also the homes around town. It was a big deal at our house, because our mother would always create the most beautiful doors. One year, I remember a silhouette if the three wise men against a background of royal blue. A single shimmering silver star led the way. (Of course, she won that year!) We also appreciated all the other homes’ decorations. All of us loaded up in the car, driving through all the neighborhoods looking at the lights, door designs and wreaths. A lot of things have changed about how people celebrate, but the adornment of our homes is not one of them!!
On the outside, I love the wreaths, candles in the windows and simple spotlights on a pretty house. But my grandson gets most excited to see the colorful lights, blinking and twinkling around a yard full of various Christmas characters or woodland animals! Whatever your preference, one thing is constant- the home decorated for the holidays emanates a warmth, coziness and a feeling that love is in that house! When I drive by a beautifully decorated home during the holiday season, I wonder wistfully about the decorating going on indoors. Is there music, candles? Is someone baking? Can you smell the apple cider, hear the laughter?
I know that the holidays can be hard for some of us who might be alone or missing someone special. I know it makes it hard to get that Christmas spirit, or the right spirit. “Humbug, not gonna decorate this year, why should I?” Try this- begin with a simple wreath on the door, a holiday scented candle and fix yourself something warm and sweet to drink. Feeling better? Now add a bright red bow to your mailbox, gather up some branches and holly from your yard and place them in a large container on your front porch with another big red bow! And there you have it- you just put a smile on your house! It will greet you every day after a day at work or a cold day out! There’s just something warm about a home decorated for Christmas.
Whatever your Christmas tradition is, I’m pretty sure that part of it includes dressing up your home to bring in the “magic” of the Holidays! So enjoy bringing Christmas alive at your home (inside and out) for your family and friends. But even if it’s all just for you… do it! Create JOY at home!