It seems like just yesterday I was cleaning out our master bedroom and now here we are getting ready to decorate for Christmas. I love to feel the warmth of a fully decorated house for Christmas. It brings so much joy every time I pull up to our house. However, getting the house decorated is another story altogether.
We just aren’t that organized, and I’m sure that is why decorating makes my stomach turn. That is so sad to say, I know, but so true. All the boxes, all the different rooms, and all the time it takes. We should be able to put on Christmas music and dance away the night while decorating, but it just doesn’t seem to happen for us. Don’t get me wrong, we do decorate, we do dance, and sometimes together, just not always or with as much joy as all the Christmas songs reflect.
The kids are so excited to see the house all sparkling and bright and they are always the first ones to start dragging in all the Christmas bins from our barn. All I can think of when they do, is the mess we are going to have for the next few days while we decorate. So when it is time to decorate, I am just not in the Christmas mood. I wish that were not the case, since I love to have a house masterfully decorated, but that is the truth.
I don’t like to admit this, but we still had all our fall decorations up until this morning. Orange lights on the porch, colorful leaves hanging around picture frames inside, stuffed pumpkins around each room and sad to say I even found a bunny floating around in our kitchen, behind a plant today. A Bunny! It is almost Christmas and I found a bunny! Ah, if all the decorations were in one place than things might be more enjoyable, and just maybe I would have only the correct seasons’ decorations out at a given moment. What a dream. Maybe this is part of why I feel so overwhelmed thinking about decorating.
ADHD and all, we press on and work with what we have. Years ago, I purchased different colored plastic storage bins for each holiday.
- Fall in Black bins
- Christmas in Red bins
- Easter in Teal bins
What about Valentines day or St. Patrick’s day you may ask? We just don’t decorate for those days. I might get a cute sign to hang on our door but that is about it. Now back to the bins. Having these bins is a HUGE help because we always know which bins to pull out and easily which bins to look for when we are putting things away. Labels aren’t needed. Today we pulled out our black bins to put away all our fall decorations, and our red bins for Christmas. Maybe one of these years I will figure out to un-decorate for the past holiday, a week before it is time to decorate for the upcoming one. Oh well, maybe next year.
Today we got the Christmas tree up, not decorated, but up. Our oldest spent a long time trying to figure out why our lights didn’t seem to want to all turn on at the same time. Thankfully it was just that the plugs needed to be in the right order, and not broken lights. All the fall decorations are put away…oh wait, I just remembered a few wall hangings on the porch that didn’t get put away yet. Huh, bummer. That means tomorrow we will be pulling out the fall bins again. Ah, this is part of why decorating is no fun and seems to be a disaster each time around.
The good news is we still have 22 more days to get it all done. I have tried to resign myself to the fact that we don’t have to have the picture perfect, decorated home to have a good Christmas. It is better for us to take decorating a little bit at a time and try to enjoy the time with our family, than stress over all the things I wish were decorated. Simple decorations are all we are able to successfully accomplish, and that is okay. It really is. Success at any level, with ADHD in the home, is amazing. So we count our blessings that something was successfully accomplished. For today that was getting our Christmas tree standing and lite.
What about you? Do you struggle with all that decorating entails? Any tips for making the transition to Christmas time easier? I’d love to hear, so please comment below.