Decorating for Christmas is one of my favorite things. I drag 15 bins up from the basement, the weekend after Thanksgiving, and tack, glue, sprinkle, shred, and glitz, until every room shimmers. My son imagines a new creation for the mantle, and I watch his face. He is at the age where Christmas is unbearably, exciting.
But, school is back in session, the tree is wilted, and the party invitations have ceased. It’s time to load Christmas back into crates for its three-season nap. I tossed old ornaments, candles, and decorations that haven't been used for a while. It seems, as far as Christmas is concerned, the older I get the more daring I am with things that twinkle. I tend to be more subdued with colors and clothing and home. (Grey is the New Blah)
Only 14 boxes returned to the basement. I gave away one bin of things I hope others will enjoy. But, in full disclosure, my dog ate 17 ornaments off the tree. It was his first Christmas and helped himself to low hanging fruit. My back yard is a glitter graveyard and his sparkly dog waste will decorate the woods for weeks.
I like to shop for the Christmas decorations after the holiday and I am tempted to replace the eaten ornaments at one of the many 60% off sales. But, there's that little No Spending for 24 days rule. Instead, I will think of my Sankalpa and know that I am making in my life for the new. Nothing can enter a space that is over-crowded.
Feng Shui Christmas Tip: If we decorate with too much "fire" during Christmas time we can risk burn out and even ourtbursts. Christmas is a stressful time for most people so lets not add to the tension by using too much red, pink, and purple. These are the fire element colors and are used to warm the energy of a room.
Cool off the colors with icy blues, silvery greys and sparkling whites. These water and metal elements will balance the fire and create a more peaceful atmosphere.