One of the things I look forward to during Christmas season is decorating our home. When I was still living with my parents I usually bug my mom after Nov.2 to start decorating. The decorations along with Christmas songs somehow heightens the spirit of Xmas in our home.
Now that I have my own home and in charge of the decorations I felt a bit lazy. I get tired of thinking about getting the decorations from the storage, dusting it off and then taking them all down and cleaning after the holidays (now I know how my mom feels).
This year I wanted our decorations to be minimal yet unique and meaningful. I wanted to make our own ornaments for the Xmas tree. I wanted to decorate photos of our family on our little tree. I actually got the idea from my husband's cousin.
It took me and my husband some time to choose among photos and then we debated on what format to print it in (plastic or photo or laminated). In the end we just decided to have it printed as 2xs2 photos using the silk waterproof paper from Photoline.
My next challenge was too look for a gold thread because stores seem to run out of stock. I ended up using old ribbons from gifts and cutting it in strips.
Last night slept early with my son and woke up at 11:00 Pm (an evening nap?), I decided to put up the Xmas tree since it is just 7 days before Xmas day. I finished at 3:00am and here it is...presenting our Family/Xsmas tree.
I know I could have done more and add other ornaments but I wanted the photos to be the focal point. My son squealed in glee when he saw the tree this morning and got busy pointing at the pictures and identifying the people in it. I lighted up the tree and now he didn't want to turn it off. He seemed mesmerized by the lights and photos. The look of delight on his face is the very spirit of Xmas and it lighted me up inside just like a Xmas tree.
Merry Christmas from our family to yours! :)