All Ideas Welcome: How to Decorate for the Holidays

How to Decorate the House for Christmas

It’s been an interesting experience this year decorating the house for Christmas.

Adam and I are decorating the house by ourselves and this is the first time we have decorated this particular house. So everything is new and the decorations don’t have an established place.

I had ideas of what could go where but wanted to be inclusive and let Adam participate in deciding what should go where.

The biggest decision was where to put the tree. We tried it in several different places. Adam suggested moving the TV and putting the tree in that corner, which we tried, and it looked great, so that’s where we left it.

It ended up being fun, seeing his ideas and encouraging him with those ideas. He found a long piece of gold ribbon that was sort of like foil tinsel stuff.  His idea was to staple it to the top of the wall where the wall meets the ceiling.

I would never have thought about putting a piece of anything up at the top of the wall, or how to put it up. I certainly would not have thought about stapling it. But he had that idea and I said, sure go for it.  He found a heavy duty upholstery stapler and proceeded to staple the gold foil thing to the top of the wall. It looked great.

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Then he said, okay, what do you want me to do now?

And I said, here, arrange this nativity scene up there In that nook on the top of the wall.  He took all of the pieces of the nativity scene and a bunch of real Douglas fir boughs. He made a fantastic display in the plant shelf between the top of the wall and the ceiling. It looks great!

It took him several times to get it just right.  He got it all arranged and then he got down off the ladder and backed away and looked at it and said, wait, that’s not balanced; it’s crowded on one side. That’s exactly what I would’ve said. So he obviously has developed an eye for placement and balance and harmony. It was very fun to see that come out as he arranged the nativity scene.

Then there’s a matching plant shelf/nook area on the other side of the hall.  I told him to arrange the wood elves on the top of that.  One of the wood elves kept falling over, but what he did was basically wedged that one between the top of the wall and the sloped part of the ceiling at the far end of the nook.

And then he spaced the other ones out evenly. So they’re all standing up there and you would never even know that one of them is touching the ceiling out of necessity to keep it standing up straight!

So it has been a pleasure this year to decorate with Adam and Let him go with his ideas and see what he comes up with.  And then to watch him smile at his work and feel happy with what he has done has been fun to see also.

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