Now that Thanksgiving (and Hanukkah) are over, it's officially the countdown to Christmas. This Jew doesn't really celebrate Christmas, unless you count movies and Chinese food as celebratory, but that doesn't mean that I can't marvel in the joys of the winter holiday season. I don't want to say that I love the Christmas spirit, lest someone goes into a diatribe about keeping Christ in Christmas and how, as a Jewish person, I'm diluting the values of the holiday, so I'll keep my joy broad.
Regardless of what you want to call it. I like December. The winter is first falling upon us, Christmas lights on the trees make it less scary to walk home in the dark, the mood is full of festivities and boozy holiday parties and people are only slightly miserable about the weather. In honor of the happy season, I love decorating my house. I break out my yummy vanilla snowflake/winter/icicle candles from Bath and Body Works that smell nothing like snowflakes, mix up some boozy hot chocolate, and set about decorating my apartment as non-Christmasy as possible with ornaments and white lights.
Last year I used blue and silver Christmas ornaments in apothecary jars because ironic Hanukkah decorations are fun.
This year, Hanukkah fell over Thanksgiving so I swapped out the blue balls (insert joke here) for all silver and went with a rustic shiny and burlap theme.
I was blessed with a badass 12 foot mantle in my new apartment that begged to be decorated. Keeping up with my rustic shiny theme, I took an old canvas frame that I had refinished (which is just a fancy word for whitewashed in 30 seconds on a random Saturday) with a cardboard E that I had covered in craft moss and stuck that puppy front and center. I cut strips of burlap because I'm too lazy to buy actual burlap ribbon and dotted it with glittered pine cones that I will no doubt be cursing myself for when I end up with glittered socks from wayward flecks on the floor. Today I picked up some Christmas lights and ran them behind the burlap for a cozy, winter holiday but not Christmasy, feel.
Do you decorate for the winter or just Christmas?