As a minimalist, I try to avoid most seasonal decorations. Which takes conscience effort to do, when walking through stores. Especially going through a craft store! They are wonderful about placing all the beautiful seasonal decorations at the front of the store to seduce you into buying cute decorations for the current season.
The fact is: decorating for each different season is a lot of work.
- Storing seasonal items take up space, in the garage, basement or closets.
- At least one full day of removing one season and setting up another.
- Often times, cute things are found on sale and stuffed in a corner of the closet, only to be lost.
- Extra money is spent, to get a certain look, or update old decorations.
I have limited seasonal decorations to just what is useful:
- A bowl of fruit sitting on the table or counter. It’s pretty, and we eat from it over the week.
- A vase of flowers, my favorites always come out of our garden. I tend to ask for a plant instead of a bouquet of flowers for special events, this way I can enjoy it much longer.
- Pumpkins from the garden waiting to be baked, will sit atop of a shelf in the dining room. They give a cozy fall feeling and by the time I’m ready for Christmas, I will have baked them all.
For Christmas I do have 2 smaller boxes of decorations. These hold our stockings, tree lights, tree stand and a few sentimental decorations. We do a simple tree decorated with paper snowflakes. Click here to read more about how we decorate our tree and how we use traditions to celebrate instead of depending on “stuff” to put us in the “holiday spirit”. We also make gingerbread houses each year, which are displayed on a shelf for the month of December and then, being the pyromaniacs that we are, we burn it in the wood stove. Which is really quite entertaining, as it melts all the windows and fire envelopes the whole house.
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