Do you display the holiday cards you receive? I think it’s a lovely thing to do, but I just…don’t want to. I like things neat and homogenous. Dozens of cards with different colors, shapes, styles does not appeal at ALL. I look at every card we receive and read every letter. I keep them in a pile and sometimes look through them all again. But I can’t bring myself to put them up. We put photo cards from immediate family members (parents & siblings) on the fridge, but that’s the extent of the displaying.
I’m not sure why the cards annoy me the most, since our tree ornaments aren’t any more homogenous. Although…it has been kind of bugging me that (it seems) everyone who has tweeted a picture of their tree has a ‘decorative’ tree (as opposed to a ‘personal ornament’ tree) and I don’t. I’m jealous! I’m the kind of person who would rather have a pretty tree with red and silver balls only than one with mismatched ornaments from special occasions, vacations, preschool crafts, and so on. So how do people do it? Do you have two trees? Do you put the mismatched ornaments on the back of the tree? Do you just not have many ornaments that don’t fit into the color scheme? Do you have lots, but refuse to display them? I know my aunt wanted a tree with white ornaments only for years before she finally just did it one year. What I really would like is for a professional decorator to come and decorate my house with no personal touches. Does that make me a Christmas grinch?