northstory notes - Nov 15, 2013

northstory notes – Nov 15, 2013

red lantern

I have a confession to make.

Up until the point where I started dating my now husband, I hated Christmas.

No really.

For a variety of personal reasons that I don’t want to get into in a public forum /you can never really press delete in a forum like the internet, let’s just say that by the time I was in my late teens, Christmas and me were mortal enemies. It wasn’t the same magic as it was when I was 6. So I begrudgingly went through each Holiday (working retail no less that meant not having a Boxing Day off in 8 years) and just tried to get it over with.

It honestly took several years for my Christmas loving (by loving I mean he has his own Clark Griswold hockey jersey) husband to make me understand how fun this season can be.

Now I’ve gone from the Grinch to the hamster wheel spinning in my head of how we can decorate the trees (I said trees – we have 3 in the house and 1 on the porch) and living the excitement of the season with my kids who are besotted by the Christmas lights every time we go out anywhere in December.

So needless to say we get to decorating early. And this week I started noticing in my Instagram feeds so many other people doing the same thing and then saying “Is it too early? I’m sorry!”

Stop apologizing.

If you want to decorate, decorate.

If you want to put up your tree, put up your tree.

If you want to hang your garland on your banister, get out all your lanterns and lights and hang them up everywhere while having a Bailey’s with your Elf on the Shelf sitting next to you on the couch as you watch Christmas Vacation, do it.

And in the same breath, if you want to wait, then wait.

But don’t feel like you have to justify why either way. I for example, am not a fan of Easter decorating for myself. But if it makes someone happy to put pastel eggs all over their house, who am I to tell them otherwise? My husband ironically doesn’t enjoy Halloween but he would never tell me to stop celebrating or decorating for it. We in Canada have our Thanksgiving in October so we personally usually wait until after Remembrance Day to do anything. Even though the day after Halloween, both our girls asked “Can we put out the tree today?”

Do what makes you happy.

For the record we just bough a new tree for the house because our old tree is almost a decade old and shedding like a cat.

It’s a teensy bit too big for our living room. Clark Griswold would be proud.


In this week’s northstory notes:

It has been a long time since I sat in front of my computer and just been blown away by a photographer. You will not regret discovering Kyle Thompson.

Christmas word art!

Because I love a good upcycle, this garland is amazing.

Let the card making begin…

Amy at Love on Sunday is sharing her behind the scenes experience at Chatelaine. Go read her interview with Emma Reddington. Some eye opening advice for bloggers.

Becky is doing a series on easy DIY Teacher Presents.

One of the best holiday decorations I have seen this season.

Because I adore my red Kamik rainboots, that boot ornament in the photo above you can get here.

And continuing in my unhealthy obsession with white kitchens.

Now if you’ll excuse me I am going to see if I can convince James to make this bookshelf for our future home office (read: my craft room but home office sounds better).

Happy Weekend!