It's looking spooky up in here.
Last week I wrote a post about my seasonal decorating- specifically for fall. If I'm going to make any changes to my home for the seasons, I want those changes to be subtle. Warmer looking pillows and throws in the fall and winter, a few jars of seashells in summer, and maybe some extra flowers in spring. That's it. I don't change the colors or overall decor style that I've already got going on. I decorate my house in a style I like, so I don't want to change that with every season. So any changes I make totally go with what I've already got going on with my normal decorating.
Holiday decorating is totally different.
Unlike with seasonal decorating, which is just for me, I see holiday decorating as something that's for my kids. So as much as all the jack-o-lanterns, and fake spider webs, and window clings of Winnie the Pooh dressed up as a ghost may start to bug me by about halfway through the month, I love just letting the holiday themed stuff be as flamboyant as the kids want it to be (to a point- I definitely wield the power to X anything I really don't like). I haven't gotten into decorating for Easter or Valentine's Day but I decorate for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The decorations go up on the first day of the holiday's month (except Christmas- I put that stuff up the day after Thanksgiving) and then they all come down the day after the holiday. So even on December 26th we are dragging the stripped tree out to the road and taking down the lights from outside. I love this time of year when it's time to pull out the holiday decor and the kids are excitedly anticipating a new holiday every month. And just as much, I love the feeling on December 26th when all the holidays are over and the last of the holiday decor is getting stored away and the house is back to looking like normal. After three months of super themey holiday garb all over the place, it feels really serene and empty (in a good way) to have all of that stuff gone. Mmmm just writing about it now has me anticipating it. I love that good clean feeling.
But for now, we are living in our own little Halloween Land and the kids are loving it. And so am I.