December 1st- Decorating Day

I started this tradition when I was a singleton, wanting a way to mark the season that was my own and would stay with me throughout my life circumstances. It began with a tabletop tree and ornaments collected during my youth. That little tree cheered me when I came home from work, feeling homesick for my family and friends. Over time, the tradition became more established as I became more established in life. The little tree was replaced by a six-footer which has been replaced by a seven-and-a-half foot pre-lit tree. The ornament collection has grown too as each year I purchase something for the tree. Some ornaments are reminders of places my husband and I have visited, and now I find myself buying German-made ornaments to honor my heritage. The day consists of decorating the tree and the house, playing Christmas music and eating gingerbread cookies and drinking mulled cider. The tradition has also developed an end date of when to take things down. Our decorations stay up until Epiphany, with the taking down being a time of quiet reflection on the season that has passed. Here’s to another joyous Decorating Day!