Somehow 2014 has flown by, and it’s already the holidays – the first holiday that Hedge and I are sharing as a live-together couple – which means our Christmas decorations, Christmas tree, and holiday party decor are now an equally shared endeavor.
So far in our living together, “our” new style has usually been simple: Hedge will have very specific functional requests (e.g. “I want bookshelves for all my books” or “I wish to have my desk facing the TV so that I may play Final Fantasy and watch sports simultaneously”), and then he is happy with any style / specific items I select to make it come together. This has worked out quite well so far.
But when it comes to the holidays, Hedge and I are equally opinionated on how to decorate. Luckily, both of us are actually really nostalgic about Xmas trees and lights. I think some people have assumed I’d have a very designy-tree, but Christmas is a time where I love to feel at every turn the holiday magic I felt as a kid – same with Hedge. So it’s been a pretty seamless blending our decorations so far: rainbow lights (incandescent old-school lights, never LEDs), vintage wooden ornaments from the 1980s, and now (thanks to Señor Hedge), lots of light-up, talking nerd space ships + sports memorabilia!
As far as tree decorating advice, I’m all about people just enjoying decorating for the holidays in ways that cherish the traditions they love — not necessarily to impress anyone. As long as the tree itself is beautiful (Noble Firs for the win, but I’m also into the more spare “Charlie Brown” look of Silver Tip trees), the lights are evenly strung, and each ornament is hung to face outward, I will probably be obsessed with your tree, because it is a reflection of how the holidays make you happy. My newest clients’ home in San Francisco is covered in their huge nutcracker collection, for example.
SOOOO, in that spirit, the rest of this post will just be close-ups of some of the decorations in our tree and other evidence of Hedge’s holiday nerdery around the house!
I will end this post with a final note that, whatever decorations you and your family put up for the holidays, no matter how tacky you think they might be, they are already awesome – the holidays are about love and being together and happiness and magic!!!! No need to over-design that 🙂