05 December 2012

Ho Ho Ho

It’s that time of year again, when the decorations come out of storage, the apartment starts smelling like cinnamon and mulling spices, and I can unabashedly blast Christmas music on Spotify.  The one difference this year is that we have two new furry friends to consider when placing decorations. Last year, I was in love with our mini-tree, mostly because it was the first real tree we had ever gotten, but also because anything miniature is always adorable.  I was finally able to use the ornaments we have either collected or been given as gifts over the years to decorate our perfect little Christmas tree.  While I would love to recreate that tree this year, I know exactly how that will end up: with my beautiful creation lying upside down on the floor, ornaments either broken or converted into cat toys, and tree water everywhere.  To avoid a situation like that, I had to get creative with my decorations.

At first, I considered wrapping the stair railing in our shared hallway with the Christmas tree lights, but quickly realized there’s not an outlet to plug them into.  I also thought about stringing them across the living room ceiling, but I wasn’t sure how good that would look since there’s a ceiling fan in the middle.  FInally, I realized that I could wrap them on the fake tree in our bedroom.  Even though the cats like to play on that tree, it’s too heavy for them to knock it down.

Last Year
This Year

To make up for not hanging ornaments on a tree, I strung the ball ornaments that filled my Palmetto vase last year on fishing line and hung them in the open doorway between the kitchen and living room.  Using 3M micro hooks, I tied fishing line from one side of the opening to the other, and hung the ornaments on individual strings of fishing line at varying lengths.

Last Year
This Year

Also, last year I filled a glass with candy canes and holiday M&Ms, but because of the cats, that’s off limits this year.  I’m still trying to come up with a unique way of decorating with candy canes that’s out of reach of the kittens.  Hopefully, I’ll have an update on that next week.

Last Year

What are some of your favorite ways of decorating for the holidays?

1 comment:

  1. Great ideas!
    & if you decide to bust out the candy canes again this year, you could use your Christmas tree skirt or another piece of fabric to replace the M&M's.


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