Anyone who knows me well knows that I was raised by a woman who decorates for Christmas on November 1. Every year. While I can’t say I embraced the same timeline in my adult life, I’m not usually too far behind.
This year, I find myself in a predicament. My pre-lit Christmas tree is in storage in St. Louis (since the voltage won’t work in Switzerland), and my ornaments and other Christmas decorations are floating across the Atlantic Ocean. With a December 23 move-in date, it doesn’t make much sense to purchase a large tree. Hmmm…what to do to make it feel like Christmas?
I’m happy to report that I found a few solutions to kick-off the Christmas season in my temporary apartment.
- Buy a small Christmas tree at the grocery store. (My mom informed me that she saw tiny trees like this at Kroger, so apparently the solution is universal.)
- Hang the lone “Happy Birthday Jesus!” ornament my aunt gave me as an early Christmas gift before I left St. Louis.
- Display the Advent Calendar sent in the mail by some random charity whose name I can’t pronounce.
The funny thing about these solutions is that this is my first real Christmas tree and my first advent calendar EVER!
Hope you enjoy all of the festivities in the coming month! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!