forget the weekend. who’s ready for the holidays?! raise your hand! both of my hands are up. can you see them?!
in my little world, however, this is a problem. you see, i have a strict rule that i follow every year:
no christmas decorations, music, shopping, or any other festive activity until after thanksgiving. (yes, i love christmas shopping at the last minute in the midst of all of the hustle and bustle – it’s part of the holiday feeling!).
the thing is, i’ve always been a hard core american who believes that we should not skip straight to christmas after halloween, forgetting the beautiful simplicity of the one day out of the entire year that americans try to focus to food + family, home + hearth, more than anything else. we americans simply shouldn’t skip over thanksgiving (the rest of you, celebrate on!).
american society does not agree. the christmas season must reach back into the season of autumn as much as possible in order to create as much profit for business as possible. so, it’s really, really hard to avoid getting all christmas-y in november because it is everywhere. mixed in with the fallen leaves and the cozy, organic, earthy colors are christmas trees, snowmen, stars, and twinkling lights. it’s literally impossible to avoid it all.
it’s even harder when you are an expat living in a country that doesn’t celebrate thanksgiving – where it’s totally understandable and ok to begin celebrating and decorating for christmas… like, now.
herein lies my holiday dilemma. for whatever reason, i am seriously obsessed with my winter pinterest board – already! i am pinning away like crazy. and that inspiration has gotten me all geared up and ready to start celebrating now as well.
i will hold out, though. sort of. there will be no xmas decorations in our home until after we host our thanksgiving dinner on the day after thanksgiving (november 27). but, that doesn’t mean that i’m not preparing a playlist, decorations, and activities to do during the holiday season.
here’s what i’m geeking out on right now (so much so, that i even threw this little vignette together myself the other day!):
last week, lina texted me a picture of some candlesticks that she thought i might like to use for christmas. i sent her a photo back, then she sent me another, and soon we realized that we are on the exact same page when it comes to a christmas mood. which is super duper exciting.
the look that we are going for this season is this:
white, all shades of grays, and naturals. with a pop of evergreen touches. our idea is to have a minimalistic (shocking, right?) nordic-inspired home. we’re drawn to the calm, simple, balanced shades of gray; a bit of white and black, and a tiny bit wood + dark green to bring a little nature-inspired, organic feel to it all.
oh, forget me trying to explain it. here. take a peek at some of my absolute favorites from my winter board on pinterest:
what about you? when do you start decorating? do you have a theme? what look are you going for in your christmas decorating?! how will you express yourself this holiday season? do tell! tips, ideas, more inspiration are most definitely welcome!
merry (almost) christmas! xoxo
// you can follow my winter board on pinterest >>> here. //