Christmas decorating is going to be a little bit more exciting for me this year- my wheels are turning with ideas! Why so different? Well, for the first time in 5 years of living together,
Humbug Hubby has given the green light on white lights- on our porch.
As a young Jewish boy working in retail during the holiday season, Hubby was traumatized early by Christmas music on repeat and garish, in-your-face decorations. Being the good wife that I am, I have tried to be sensitive to his PTCD (post traumatic Christmas disorder) and kept the decorating rather simple. The extent of our previous exterior decorations was a kissing ball. Last year, in a moment of clarity (or slip of the tongue) Hubby mentioned how nice tasteful white lights can look. Yes Dear, I agree, we should totally have tasteful white lights on our porch this year! What a great idea!
Oh the possibilities!!!
So I was thinking of doing something simple like this:
I can only imagine what our electricity would cost with that on! I kid of course, I was more thinking along the lines of this.
The puppy completes the ambiance. Think I could get Charlie to pose in a Santa hat?
I love the not-too-traditional-but-still-traditional look of magnolia garland. Mix in a few metallic leaves and it would be magical (IMHO)
No lights that I see here, but if you imagine this simple garland with lights, I could see that working on my porch. I also love the wreath (I see a non-traditional greenery theme emerging)
This is also a leading contender. Take away the large red bows and maybe add a simple burlap bow and now we're talking.
I know it's probably taboo of me to say in blogland, but I have no desire to spend exorbitant amounts of time and money decorating when it'll be mainly Hubby and I seeing it. I'd rather have a few festive vignettes that put a smile on my face and get us into the holiday spirit.
I'll probably bust out the tree and ornaments and get started this weekend- I may even force Hubby to help. It'll be good therapy for his PTCD, I think.