Get Ready To Decorate With the 'Spirit' of Christmas Instead of Its Theme
On my to-do list today: Order new bulbs for the window candles.
Now is the perfect time to start decorating for Christmas. You can start today too. No-- I'm not talking about a blow-up snow-globe in your front yard. Please don't do that--ever.
Decorating for Christmas doesn't have to be just throwing tinsel and stringing lights. It really can, and should, be about a whole lot more. Decorate with the "spirit" of Christmas-- not the theme of Christmas.
What do I mean by the "spirit" of Christmas?
Create an environment full of sights, sounds and aromas that provoke feelings of peace, serenity and even a bit of nostalgia. For example: A fire in the fireplace, with a warm blanket draped over the arm of a nearby chair and a stack of classic novels long forgotten, beckons a weary soul.
By creating an atmosphere, rather than a display, your houseguests, visitors and all that dwell within can find a unique peace away from the hustle and bustle of the busy season rushing past your door.
The season of hospitality officially kicks off next week at the Robinsons'. It's the best time of the year. Soon we will have a stream of houseguests that take us through to the end of November.
It's been our tradition for over the last decade to place the candles in the windows. When the children were small, I started to collect antique looking electric candles. It took several years for me to get one in every window ledge of that old farmhouse, but I eventually did.
At that time, its purpose was to create a warm glow in the evening throughout the house as the days grew shorter and the nights grew colder.
Now that the children are grown, it serves as a more traditional symbol of a safe place for weary travelers and family as they make their way home for the holidays.
This week, it's time to set candles in the windows, ready the fireplace, seek out some new music and fill the house with the sent of cinnamon and cloves. Most importantly, create an environment that says, "Come sit awhile and rest, eat and laugh— the Savior has come."
What says "peace" in your home during the holidays?
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