Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter…
Hi Ho Hi Ho, it's off to decorate we go!
I love Christmas Decorations and when I've had my fill (usually after 1 1/2 – 2 months) I am ready for Valentine's Day decor. I watch as the predominantly red and green décor leaves and the house takes on a pink and red cast. Now, I don't put up as many Valentine's decorations as Christmas but it is amazing how a few items placed here and there can really change the look of a room.
After Valentine's day there is St. Patrick's day where the predominately pink and red décor turns to green, white with a little yellow.
Then, after St. Patrick's there is Easter where the predominately green, white with a little yellow décor turns to pastels…yellow, lavender, light blue, light pink, etc.
I understand how someone, especially without children or grandchildren, wouldn't want to spend the time to decorate for all occasions (YIKES! Some don't even decorate for Christmas)… BUT for some of us out there (you know who you are) WE LIKE THE VARIATION and consider it fun!!! It is a hobby rather than a task. It is an outlet for our creativity.
What is the point, you ask?
Both Santa and I really enjoy following all of the holidays. The only disadvantage I can see is that as I have gotten older the holidays come around faster and faster. I value each and every one of my decorations and most of them have a story behind them which makes them even more special.
I like decorating for everything and because I do, we always look like we are ready for a party. When we have people over, it is a party and when it's a party your guest are more likely to participate in playing games and generally just have a good old time. It's great being known as the "Fun House!"
The next decorating I will do is for the 4th of July. For a few months my house will be just "regular." You might think this would be boring and plain but "au contraire." I totally enjoy seeing my non-holiday décor, too!
You don't have to go all out like I do, but you too can add a little holiday/event décor in a few places and add a little party-like atmosphere to your home. When I walk around my home I am constantly smiling at the little Cupid here or the little Leprechaun or shamrock plant there or the goofy Easter Bunny over there.
When does Mrs. Claus take down her Christmas Decorations?
I get asked this question a lot! Santa and I are busy with out of town appearances starting before Thanksgiving up to Christmas Day. We have even been gone for 6 weeks straight! So, the day after Christmas is when we really get to relax and start to enjoy all of our holiday decorations. If it were up to Santa we would leave them up all year. I just can't bring myself to have Christmas Decorations up all year round (plus I really enjoy decorating for other holidays).
I know a lot of people take down their decorations the day after Christmas…that's not what we do! I understand that sometimes a dried up Christmas Tree dictates the take down schedule and that cannot be helped. Once you take down the tree you might as well take down everything else, too.
Two years ago we went to a faux tree (OK, FAKE!) We really did not want to stop getting a real tree but because of being out of town so much and having to put up our decorations so early it became a necessity. A real tree just doesn't work for us anymore.
Now, back to the original question… I don't even think about taking down the Christmas Decorations until the Epiphany (January 6th.) After that day I start to think that maybe it's time to take them down. It usually takes 7-10 days to take everything down mainly because I don't work on it every minute of the day. I figure if I get them down in time for Valentine's Day decorations to go up I'm doing fine!!!