One of my favorite things about Christmastime at our house is that it doesn't happen all at once. Most of our decorations are packed away and in the basement, but some are more easily at hand. It would probably not surprise you to know that they show up first around the house - the Christmas linens, the smallish items that can be packed and cushioned by being in that box as well. We actually kind of "build" to Christmas!
A lot of our decorations are ones we have had since we have been married, with various themes - our pets, our trips, family. And of course there are newer ones as well that we have chosen or that have been gifted to us by others.
But even before those first things mentioned above show up, this decoration is taped onto the inside of our door.
Yep, a cardboard Christmas wreath. It's one of the first decorations we ever bought together, at our first Christmas after we were married. It hung on the outside of our apartment door (which was inside, protected from weather) when we lived in married student housing at the University of Notre Dame, where The Tim was in graduate school, and I worked in the library. We had neither a lot of money nor a lot of room for decorations, but were determined to make our place look Christmas-y. Until a couple of years ago, you could see the price marked in pencil on the back (69 cents!) Most of the year it lives in a plastic bag in the basement, with the other non-Christmas things. When I take the few things we have for Thanksgiving to put them away, it's right there, so it's easy enough to just bring it upstairs and add it to the door - voila, Christmastime has begun!
It's showing some signs of wear (I mean, it *is* a 35-year-old paper cardboard decoration), but as long as it still looks like what it is, and doesn't smell weird, get moldy, etc., I'll hang it up. I like hanging it on this door, with the peephole to the outside in the middle. (Note to the NSA - festive spying is more fun!)
Is it cheap-looking? Yes. Cheesy. Yes. But it's also colorful, cheerful, in one piece, and full of Christmas memories. And in our house, it means the festivities have begun!
Not a bad deal for 69 cents, if you ask me.