It’s beginning to look a lot like….

28 Nov

The season I dread and other people anticipate with frenzied all-consuming excitement is upon us. Like I said in my Thanksgiving post, I enjoy certain things about the holidays: the music, the movies, the cooking (and the eating) and the general merry-making. What I don’t like: the stuff.

And I mean the stuff in all forms…the decorations, the overwhelming piles of gifts, the packaging housing the gifts and the boxes used to mail the gifts from family all over the country. I don’t like the packing peanuts or the tissue paper or the curling ribbons. I don’t think of myself as a Scrooge but I also think my overall aesthetic and philosophy support these preferences: minimal, intentional, meaningful. Display and decoration for the purpose of display and decoration over whelms me. I understand that the stuff is meaningful to a lot of people and I respect that. It just isn’t to me. (Nor is it to my husband, one of the many things about that man I appreciate.)

That being said, we have daughters who love it. And I mean love it. In the spirit of mid-century, I started investigating how to approach this from an MCM perspective. I also usually have a ‘one-holiday-at-a-time’ rule (thanks to conditioning from my ex-husband) and I don’t like to prepare for a holiday until the actual month the holiday is in. But given the fact that Brett would be out of commission this holiday due to his shiny new hip, we started early.

Some inspiration I ran across while investigating MCM holidays both inspired and amused me. These made me think I need, in the immortal words of Lucy (seriously, I can’t get enough Peanuts) ‘a great big shiny aluminum Christmas tree, maybe painted pink!’ Apparently these trees also come with a light wheel that changes their color regularly. I know we need to have the traditional tree in the family room or the girls will revolt, but I am wondering if I could get away with a modern tree in the living room ($100-200 on Ebay).  Maybe? (A lot of these photos came from Retro Renovation’s collection.  See more here.)

(I remember making these wooden ornaments with my aunt and being so upset that she painted in the lines so much better than I did!)

All that being said, one particular photo got my imagination going, these over-sized hanging ornaments. That combined with the fact that I saw them just calling my name at Target ($5 each) let us to the beginning of our outdoor decorating. I love lights. White lights, though multi-colored over-sized bulbs would probably be more MCM. So my lovely husband and oldest daughter put them up along the overhang of the house last weekend. They are cute, but it still looks a little naked to me. Probably because the front of the house is still something way down on the to-do list. Maybe we should add a little greenery swag across the top too? That just seems strange given how much greenery we have around.

Maeve and Ainsley also decorated the small evergreen in front of the house as well with tiny ornaments and curling ribbon. Again, I think it needs something. I just have no idea what it is.  Please share how you decorate for the holidays and if you have any old MCM photos of your family Christmases, post ‘em up!


7 Responses to “It’s beginning to look a lot like….”

  1. Tina November 29, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Memories of those wooden ornaments were buried deep! Thanks for making me remember making those!

    • Brandy November 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

      So I got home from work today and my mother in law had brought me a bunch of them after reading this post. Wasn’t that sweet!


  2. Jacqueline McArthur November 29, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    We have two silver trees up in our house this year. One of them came from Home Depot a couple years ago when all our stuff was in a moving van headed for Mercer Island. The other one is a vintage pom pom aluminum tree my husband found on ebay for me. Its a big one, 48 branches, and very beautiful!

    A Very Mid Century Christmas to all!

    • Brandy November 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

      I would love to see them! Email me a photo. Very MCM Christmas to you too!


  3. Reenie November 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    That was all we could afford up there as real trees were so expensive!

  4. Reenie November 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    We had that exact silver tree and turning light our first Christmas in North Pole, Alaska in 1973! Wish I still had it and I’d send it to you!

    • Brandy November 28, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

      Man oh man! I would have loved that. They seem so funky!


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