Yesterday I showed you what Christmas has looked like through the years, so today I’m here to share what Christmas 2015 is all about.
When we moved from Oakland, CA, to Dublin, Ireland, at the end of September, we gave a number of our ornaments and Christmas decorations to friends and family while keeping the ones that were the prettiest and/or held sentimental value. Unfortunately, along with a handful of other things, I’m missing at least one box of Christmas decor. Thankfully, however, the really important ornaments made it so while Christmas may be a bit more sparse this year than in seasons past, I still have all my most favorites.
We threw a holiday party on December 12 so we had to get the house clean and all of our random boxes and whatnot from the move put away (err … shoved in drawers and closets). While the party was a great impetus to get all of that taken care of, it also meant I needed to DECORATE. I had grand plans to drape the staircase banister in real greenery and to have a wreath hanging on every door while each window was lit by candles (LED, natch) but it seems like the fine folks of Ireland don’t really go in for the real greenery and so after searching many, many stores I finally gave up and improvised with some beaded garland and Dakota’s old stocking. Oh, and the piece of tree we broke off in the Great Lighting Debacle of 2015.And those LED candles I loved so much from Target? Nearly 20 euro each here!
While it’s a bit more spartan than I typically enjoy, it does feel wonderful to sit on the couch with the room all aglow while I listen to Christmas carols and drink my booze.
The beautiful amaryllis – which I totally think of as a Christmas flower – were delivered just hours before the party started, a gift from our landlord wishing us a happy holiday season. Yeah, we got lucky with them. So fab.