November 8, 2015
The Christmas Room.
I love all our seasons but Christmas is my favorite, next to Fall. You'll notice I referred to Christmas as a season, because in our house, it is a long experience, not just a day. We begin decorating right after Halloween and often leave everything up until early to mid February, sometimes later if winter is particularly harsh. It seems to make our winters not so dark to have twinkly lights, ribbons and garland and candles every where. I know most won't agree with our approach, but in our little house in the big woods, it's what we do and what keeps us smiling when the wind outside howls and the snow falls down, covering our Earth in white flakes and frosty pebbles.
In our old house, we kept bins and boxes of Christmas decorations in our furnace room that doubled as a storage room. It was packed! Before we moved, we purged boxes and donated items that no longer fit with our current decor. Our new house, as roomy as it is, lacked a large storage space. We gained more closet space, an art studio, a storage room in the garage and a desk under the main stairs, but couldn't fit in a large storage room without giving up one of the above assets. However, our builder did manage to carve out a small space in the lower level, between the furnace room and the theatre room. It became affectionately known as "The Christmas Room" and I finally had a chance this week to sort it out. Until now, our decorations have been stored in bins in the garage but now that winter is moving in, it was time to move them out. The room itself had been used by our builder in the last few weeks before we moved in as a place to store the leftover flooring, some paint cans and some boxes we moved in. Not pretty at all! Here's the before:
An eclectic mess!!
Flooring, paint, boxes and our light.
Next post: the "reveal" of The Christmas Room.