Originally uploaded by PaperDollyGirl.
In sort of a follow up to my previous posts, I’ve been thinking a lot about the sustainability of domestic life as we know it. There is so much marketing directed towards the happy homemaker. Decorate for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring, Summer, July 4th – every holiday is now a cause to redecorate one’s home.
I do not have a lot of storage space. I do not want to spend hours upon hours of my seasons decorating. I do enjoy having a Christmas tree and a tree-trimming party. And I am slowly acquiring some extremely special holiday decorations. But where does it end?
I’m thinking about it a lot because this year might be the first ever year I spend Christmas not in New Jersey. So instead of my house being a temporary Christmas stop while “real” Christmas awaits me in NJ, I might be responsible for real Christmas myself. I’m ready. I’ve knit myself and my husband Christmas stockings. I have a beautiful nativity set of the Holy Family that a friend brought me back from Israel. I have a “Tidings of Joy” banner I got on sale after Christmas from Anthropologie years ago. I also have a tree with lots of handmade ornaments, and lots of Christmas lights.
And yet, I see projects like this one. A wreath made from broken costume jewelry. I LOVED this project when I first saw it. Hence it’s been sitting in my idea book for the past several years. It’s from the now defunct Organic Style magazine. I have realized through ebay and beyond that to actually acquire enough clear rhinestone jewelry to make this wreath will take years and probably around $150-200. Should I let the dream go? Is that too much to spend on making a holiday decoration? How does this tie in with my desire to spend less of my life energy on complicated projects taking years to complete?
If I wait until the 12 Days of Christmas Plates from the DeYoung Museum are on super sale after Christmas, can I then justify getting a set of plates that I will store approximately 330 days of the year? Or is this just material acquisition? How can I balance these desires? And where does being a Catholic fit into this? I don’t usually mention my other life as a seminary student on this blog, but it definitely is a huge motivator in my drive for simplifying my life.
All of this to consider, and yet, and yet, I still love this wreath.