Our Holiday Decor Isn’t Perfect, Or Is It?

Last weekend we put up our Christmas décor and finally trimmed our tree. It was a casual affair, pajama pants and sweatshirts, leftovers and soda straight from the can. The guest list included the who’s who of the Maine Windrams: Me, my husband, and all three cats (yes, we got all three to attend).

We began with the décor we bought a few years ago, a time when we were inspired by magazine layouts, catalog ads and Lexus commercials. It was fresh, matching and super sparkly. All the best Target and Hobby Lobby had to offer–we spare no expense at the Windram house.

Matching garland went up above our windows, stuffed Santa’s and Snowmen on tabletops, festive towels in the kitchen.

Then I unpacked the hobby horse. Logan made it when he was eleven or twelve. When I look at it I can’t help but picture him wearing a Guns N’ Roses T-shirt, almost sawing his finger off.

Hobby Horse

One look at this and I knew Logan was destined to be a woodworker.

This, along with some of the other older, non-matching décor used to be displayed in their “own” part of the house, so they didn’t mess with the vibe of the sparkly new items from the big box store. But in our new place, there’s no room for that–it would all have to be displayed together.

Next, I unraveled a wad of newspaper and found these. They belonged to Logan’s grandmother. At first I thought they were angels because of the rings around their heads, but now I think they might be choirboys. Regardless, they come out every year, and while at first I thought they were weird (and they didn’t go with our store bought décor so they were put in the other part of the house), I’ve grown to really like them.


Don’t mind our macaroon shaped heads; baby, we were born this way.

After pausing to sit on the couch and eat half a deep-dish cookie, we trimmed the tree.

During our shopping frenzy a few years ago we also invested in boxes of matching ornaments, shiny new ones that gave our tree that designer, magazine look. Again, the best Target and Hobby Lobby had to offer.

Our older, non-matching, oddball (read lesser) ornaments were relegated to the smaller tree (yes, we have two trees, three actually), where they wouldn’t interfere with the perfection that was the big tree.

But this year, in an effort to keep our moving expenses low (Ha!), we only brought one tree with us. And in a moment of whimsy (I believe brought on by the deep-dish cookie) we decided to hang both the oddball and the perfect ornaments on the same tree.

And it was marvelous.

teddy bear ornament

A brown teddy bear ornament right next to a sparkly blue snowflake. The might even be touching–scandalous!

Moose ornament

A plush moose next to a blue and white, sparkly ornament. These two haven’t reached the touching phase of the relationship, but we’re working on it.

This “ornament” was made last year. I’d forgotten all about it until Logan hung it proudly on our tree.

Ornament fail

I might not be perfectly shaped, but I’m still made of styrofoam and yarn like the other wreaths.

It was supposed to look like this:

wreath ornament

And now as I sit here enjoying our festive décor, I’ve realized it’s the oddball, mismatched items that I like best. They make me smile, remember the past and get all nostalgic. And while our house no longer looks like it could be in a magazine, I think it looks better. And it comes with a partially eaten deep-dish cookie.

24 thoughts on “Our Holiday Decor Isn’t Perfect, Or Is It?

  1. laurelrainsnow says:

    I love it! The oddball stuff in my Christmasses past were usually things a child made…and lovingly saved.

    Nowadays, I have three miniature trees decorated with whimsical things…the handmade, sentimental ornaments went to the kids. They co opted them!

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    “I’ve realized it’s the oddball, mismatched items that I like best”—Yes! Same here. For the same reason as you–the memories they invoke.

    This will be your first Christmas in Maine, won’t it? Wishing you a merry one! (And hopefully a not too cold one…)

  3. Nicole Roder says:

    Awww…I love the “oddball” ornaments! Our house is filled with that stuff. We have room for more than one tree, but we only have one, and it’s certainly a hodgepodge of homemade and store bought ornaments. Merry Christmas!

  4. heatherbcosta says:

    Well, you’re one up on me: my first Christmas in my first place away from home and I have nothing but a small (yet real) Christmas Tree sitting on my coffee table. I did go a step further and display the cards I received, but apart from that my place is a Christmas-free zone.

    Rather shameful,isn’t it? 🙂

    My Christmas report card will read: ‘Must do better’ 🙂

  5. Trent Lewin says:

    Jennifer, that looks absolutely awesome – seems you have a knack for decorating. Our home is cluttered with kids toys and the occasional hidden diaper that’s gone rancid. The cinnamon candles somewhat hide the smell. Somewhat.

    Anyway, hop you had a good holidays!

  6. Alex says:

    I cannot believe you had two decorations almost touching one another…. might take me a while to get over that one. I bought some new ones for this Christmas just gone, decided to go down the be-glittered route and everything was sparkly.

    Loving that rocking horse – definitely Logan was born to work wood. I think anything I ever made at woodwork at school was shockingly bad. I dislocated the same thumb twice in the space of 5 mins in one class while trying to change a drill bit on a bench drill.

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