Every year, sometime during the weekend following Thanksgiving, all of our Christmas stuff comes out of hiding and we hang, drape, wrap, prop, stand, or place our decorations on anything and everything that will hold them. And let me tell ya, we have a lot of Christmas stuff. I’ve always had a great deal of holiday decorations, usually adding a little more to the collection every year. Then, I met Mountain Man and his Christmas collection was quite impressive, too. After about a year, we decided to move in together, or shack up, depending on which region of the country you’re in. In fact, that first summer we were living together, Mountain Man had the brilliant idea of having a shacking up party. Sadly, we never got around to throwing this little shin dig. Anyway, back to the Christmas stuff.
When I moved up to his mountain cabin, it was already fully furnished and had everything anyone could ever possibly need, so most of my belongings went into storage. I only brought my clothes and personal day-to-day items, and some others things that I just couldn’t live without. You know, the little things that bring a smile to your face when you see them lying around your house. One of mine is a small copy of my favorite painting, Starry Night, that my oldest son presented to me one Mother’s Day long ago. Another is a glass turtle that I cannot recall where it came from, but it just makes me smile when I see it.
We didn’t bring any of the Christmas stuff with us up here because we really weren’t sure just how long we’d be staying up here on top of the mountain. That first summer, I really thought we’d be gone by the time the first flakes began to fly. So when the holiday season arrived and we were still here, it was kinda exciting to go dig all of my Christmas boxes out of storage and pull all of Mountain Man’s out that were stored around the cabin. Exciting might be an understatement here. I was as giddy as a school girl!
We had so much stuff!!! Together we had three full size artificial trees and at least four small ones! That’s not even counting the artificial pines that stand on either side of the fireplace year round that would be decorated, too! And we were bound and determined that each and every one of our trees would be put up and decorated. I’d finally found a man who loves Christmas as much as I do!!!
In the past, I had always had to put all of my everyday stuff up in order to make room for all of my Christmas stuff and now that there were two different collections of Santa’s and snowmen and Christmas moose and villages and snow globes, we were definitely gonna have to pack up all the cabin stuff, too. By the time we finished placing all of our beloved holiday treasures around the cabin and decorating all nine of our trees, it was gorgeous! An absolutely stunning Christmas display in a snowy cabin perched high upon a mountain top. It was every Christmas lover’s dream come true!
I believe Mountain Man said it best, though. He took one look at the living room alone and said that it looked like a Christmas store threw up in there! And he was right. I loved it! And I think he loved it, too. But, I don’t think either of us thought we’d have that much stuff when we first started converging our two collections.
That first Christmas together in the cabin was wonderful, just like every other Christmas we’ve shared. My problem today lies in the fact that it’s now January 2nd and it’s time to take down all the pretty red and green decorations and pack them all away again until next year. It’s time to get all of our everyday stuff back out. Don’t get me wrong. All the everyday stuff is nice and pretty, too. But it’s not the Christmas stuff. It’s just not as shiny and happy and whimsical as the holiday stuff. Each year, I’m always kinda sad to see the Santa’s and snowmen and Christmas moose and villages and snow globes go back into their boxes and hide away for the next eleven months.
I’ve not really bought anything for the house since I moved into the cabin with Mountain Man. I used to see things that caught my eye and if they weren’t too awfully extravagant, I’d buy them and bring them home with me and they’d find a new home alongside all my other little treasures that just make me happy. I’m thinking it might be time to start adding to my whimsical, often kooky, sometimes off the wall collection of everyday stuff. I’m thinking Mountain Man and I need to find some things that are ours. Things to hang, drape, wrap, prop, stand, or place throughout the cabin that will bring back fond memories and smiles to our faces every time we see them.
Perhaps then, having to put all the Christmas stuff away and unwrapping all the everyday stuff won’t be such a dreaded chore anymore, but a more exciting, thrilling job. One that can be just as happy as cracking open that first Christmas box right after Thanksgiving.