Like many of you, I feel like our world has been turned upside down. The days slip by, but every day is the same as the last, and there’s been nothing to look forward to. Now we are under another 3-week restricted shutdown…
By the end of November, I usually have the house decorated…or at least started. At one point this month I considered not putting up the tree. Normally the onset of the holidays brings so much anticipation and excitement but lately a general feeling of malaise has been hanging over me. Knowing that the family probably won’t be home for Christmas, missing my grandsons, and the loss of Chloe, our much-loved dog, just weeks ago, has almost been too much…
Recently in the middle of the night when I wasn’t sleeping (again), I had a much-needed conversation with myself. This is when I usually find clarity. It’s quiet, and I’m able to sort through all the clutter and find a better, positive perspective.
The current epiphany brought a renewed appreciation for my home…now more than ever before. It’s wrapped its arms around us for the past 8 months protecting us from harm’s way. Although my home is not grand, it’s comfortable, and a reflection of who we are. After the latest middle of the night “self-talk”, I’ve decided to show it the love it deserves…starting with a much needed deep cleaning. I’ve ignored the dust that’s been piling up in every corner since springtime when my days have been spent in the garden. Now it’s time to prepare the house for the season…even if it’s just for the 2 of us to enjoy.
Although I’m planning on doing some decorating, I will be scaling back this Christmas. Vignettes will be placed in areas where we pass through during our daily routines. I’ve set the tree up in the living room where we spend most of our leisure time. Normally it would be in the dining room amid all the hubbub where the family gathers over Christmas. I do, however, plan to make the season special with good food, yummy treats, and lots of wine (champagne is even better).
While cleaning the den I found in the desk drawer a lovely card I had saved. I remember how emotional I was when I received it from a loyal customer at the time of the store closing. Her sentiments were heartfelt as she recalled her experiences in CC as well as some of the treasures she purchased over the years we were open. Along with her thoughtful, personal remarks, she included a quote from Charlotte Moss. While rereading the card this week, I was once again reminded of the importance of home and what it says about us…
“To express the things of the spirit in visible form”:
It’s my belief that our spirits are most honestly expressed not by sofas, curtains, and carpets, but by the stack of favourite mysteries and gardening books on a side table, flowers on the windowsill, or porcelains displayed in the dining room. These “telling details” – our objects, bibelots, whatnots, and knickknacks-say the most about who we are. They are as honest as a diary.
The reflection in my front hall mirror is of my living room along with my many books and collectables. I’m grateful for my safe haven along with all the treasures collected along the way.
I hope you, too, have found the comfort (and joy) in your home and that you are inspired to dress it in all the fineries of the season.
Take care and be safe,
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American followers!
PS… It’s warm enough to make a snowman…that will brighten anyone’s spirits and get us in the mood to celebrate the holidays!