I was so sure I am NOT going to decorate for Christmas this year. Yes, I know, “‘Tis the season’ and all that. But I just didn’t have the time… too many things on my plate. And most importantly, we aren’t even going to be home for Christmas. We’re off on vacation. So, I thought, what is the point!
So I have a perfectly planned week and all is running smoothly… till I land up at Crawford Market to buy handles for Project Comeback. That changed everything. I saw the streets lined with Christmas decor… GORGEOUS Christmas decor. You remember how the music plays in Shahrukh’s head every time Sushmita walks onto the screen in ‘Main Hoon Na’? (Watch this if you don’t know what I’m talking about) Well, Santa started playing ‘Jingle Bells’ in my head! I wish I could show you pics of the street… but I forgot to take photographs. Not a big deal if you don’t really know me. But if you’re family or a friend, you know how shocking that is. I was so taken in by all the stalls that I actually forgot to take photographs!
I picked up a whole lot of stuff that I totally loved… then remembered I am not going to be home for Christmas. So I put it all back down again. But I decided to decorate. After all, ’tis the season’! I thought I’ll use what I have and keep it simple.
Decorating for Christmas:
I chose to decorate our living room window. It’s the first thing you see when you enter and is pretty much the heart of the home. So if the window is decorated, then Christmas has arrived!
I started with the silver net. It is the best decor item I have ever invested in. It’s very versatile and really easy to use. You’ve seen me use it on the base of the window for the Ganpati Decoration. This time I draped it on the top.
The red and silver streamers went on the other side, in front of the AC.
I found a bunch of Christmas tree ornaments used in previous years.
Some of these, I cello-taped onto the marble on top. Others I suspended from the net using a needle and thread.
I’ve seen so many lovely pics of snowflakes used in Christmas decor… I thought this was a good opportunity for me to make my own. It’s mostly about folding and cutting paper, and is very easy to do. I found simple, step-by-step instructions on how to make snowflakes here.
The snowflakes went along with the streamers.
And I finally added my fave decor accessory… plants.
Fairy lights means ‘festival’ and they completed the look. See how the light is shimmering in a haze because of the silver gauze?
Add some cushions in red and green, and my window is complete!
It looks even prettier at night as everything begins to glow in the soft light.
The gauze and the streamers shine and the white of the snowflakes stands out.
The silver Christmas ornaments twinkle with the fairy lights, and become one with the twinkling city lights outside.
I got up the next morning to see sunlight streaming through the snowflakes… and I loved the pretty picture it made!
Christmas Comes Home:
I’m glad I changed my mind and took out a few hours to decorate, because we’re all in a festive mood now. School is on for the kids, and work for hubby and me, but our home is on vacation already! We smile to ourselves every time we pass the window, and the ‘Jingle Bells’ continues to play in my head. The kids take a break from whatever they’re doing, and go sit on the ledge for a while once the lights come on. And suddenly, I feel like calling friends over for coffee.
‘Tis the Season!
Well, that’s what festivals are about, aren’t they? About taking time off from our busy routines to make memories with family and friends. Because, as Charlie Brown would say,
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Here’s wishing you all many memorable moments with all your loved ones this holiday. May all the fun and joy of this season be yours. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy Happy New Year!
And hope you enjoy this video…
Until next time,