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Christmas Decorating: Festive and Expressive

Ah, the weather outside is chilly and possibly storming with snow flurries and/or slate grey rain (if you’re in Portland). The sun hasn’t shown in many a day, the only real indication of winter, and the nights are dropping down into four-blanket burrowing temperatures. It’s depressing, it’s sort of dreary, and it makes people like me wish they had a happy light from time to time. However, there is one part of this season that makes me sunny, no matter how many shades of grey everything becomes. What is it? Holiday décor!

It’s the best, and here’s why:

1. It’s Happiness and Joy in Gaudy Loveliness.

As I said in my post that defended Christmas music, the holidays are all about feeling fuzzy and happy, and part of the ridiculous amounts of decorations that pop up around this season is to recreate memories of bliss through multicolored tinsel and tree baubles. I think that people should decorate to their hearts content, with as many color combinations and lights that they deem necessary. If it brings them happiness, then sure! Let’s bring in purple and pink and teal and a whole freakin’ rainbow, it’s your prerogative, even if my own preference happens to be the classic combo of red/green/white (but in terms of lights, I’ll stick to warm white).

At the end of the day, people will buy colored lights shaped like reindeer and gingerbread because it makes them happy or spend eight hours creating DIY Santas out of felt and beads, and that’s great! Even if I err on the side of simple, that’s just what I grew up with and it makes me happy, but seeing the over-the-top actions of blinding Christmas spirit never fails to make me smile.

That said, I would not want this dude’s electric bill.

2. Kitsch is Accepted and Embraced!

When I was studying abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, one of my favorite stores was the touristic, campy, sensational Christmas wonderland that was the Käthe Wohlfahrt store—open all year ‘round, of course.

FEEL THE JOY. FEEL THE ARTIFICIAL LIGHT.

One step inside and you were transported to Christmas town, complete with crystal ornaments, hand-crafted clocks and wooden sculptures of classic holiday scenes. Walking through the entire store, without looking at anything inside, would probably take upwards of 40 minutes, and that wasn’t even the biggest chain store they had! Inside, décor ranged from classic to gaudy, wood to glitter, glitter and more glitter. But, that’s the name of the game! Sometimes, you just gotta kitsch it up, and the great part about Christmas is that it’s totally acceptable to be absurd.

Also, it gives us ugly Christmas sweater parties. Need I say more?

3.  If You Don’t Have Stockings Hanging by the Fireplace, How is Santa Going to Fill it with Chocolate and Socks?

Uhm, enough said.

4.The Smells of Christmas Include Pine, Clove and Artificial Cinnamon Candles.

Candles that smell like cookies, drinks that smell like cloves, and trees that smell like trees. This is all a part of holiday decoration tradition, and that is really hard to deny. Sure, some of the aspects might change slightly, but for the most part, the smells and odors of Christmas joy begin with ornamentation (and end with Glühwein).

Mmmmmmmmmm. Please and thank you!

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