Last year I got all philosophical about Christmas decorations and I’m feeling the same way this year. But despite my lack of motivation (and more truthfully, a lack of time), I pulled out the plastic bin labeled “Christmas” and did my best.
For some reason I don’t take holiday decorations too seriously and I think that’s a good thing.
As per tradition, we got a small tree from the open air market near our house. For the last several years we’ve tried to get a least one new ornament each holiday season. I like to think of it as creating a timeline of our lives together and it’s a practice that will help ensure a magnificently eclectic tree down the road.
For this year’s ornament, we picked up the above (left) jewel from the gift shop at Taliesin.
My mom also sent me some of the overflow ornaments from my childhood. When my mom was pregnant with my sister in the early 80′s, she made a bunch of soft fabric ornaments and even though they look a bit dated, I love them. The ornament on the right is some of my early handiwork. (Do you remember those DIY kits with the cheap plywood ornaments and paint?)
Speaking of holiday decor challenges, last week we hosted Kyle’s office holiday party at our house. It was the first time since the major remodel that we had a formal dinner for ten!
During the design phase we strategized about ways to fit more people around the table for events such as these and I’m happy to report that it was a success! (Nevermind the mismatched chairs that clash with the red and green decor…at least we had 10 chairs!)
So how did we convert our regular table into a table for 10? Here’s a hint:
A few years ago (back when the living room was the dining room), we were hosting Thanksgiving at our place and needed more space at the table. So Kyle built this topper out of plywood and 2x’s that fit on top of a card table that we already owned. For this event, we simple rotated the wood table, added the extension leaf and then the card table. The LCW flipped to the other side of the living room which allowed the sectional to be pushed closer to the wall, giving just enough space for the larger table configuration.
Once you throw a tablecloth over the whole thing it’s hard to tell what’s going on. (By the way, the red tablecloth is a $20 piece of linen that I picked up from the fabric store.)
The next day, we simply put away the card table and topper, removed the extension leaf and rotated the table back to its original home. If we’ve learned one thing from living in a small home, it’s that flexibility is your friend.
Oh, and happiest of holidays to everyone!