Let’s not sugarcoat things: 2020 was not the greatest year—and I never want to hear the term “unprecedented times” again. The past year turned our lives upside down, throwing a wrench into the annual traditions we hold so near and dear. Vacations were postponed until who-knows-when, birthday parties and reunions went virtual, and casual outdoor hangouts came with a six-feet-apart requirement. It’s not ideal, but a small price to pay to help keep curb the pandemic.
With all the loss and grief the world has endured, decorating for the holidays feels a little...well, off. I mean, 2020 was neither merry nor bright. However, I think it’s more important than ever before to decorate your home for the holidays.
With all the loss and grief the world has endured, decorating for the holidays feels a little...well, off. I mean, 2020 was neither merry nor bright.
Chances are, you’ve been spending a lot more time at home than you anticipated. And, no matter how stylish your space is, looking at the same four walls day after day can feel claustrophobic. It’s as if your sanctuary has turned into a prison. Since you can’t get a change of scenery at your office, work space, or even your friend’s house, covering your home in decorations can offer a temporary breath of fresh air. After such a devastating year, we could all use a pick-me-up, right?
For me, making the most of my Christmas decorations is personal. Six months before the shelter-in-place order went into effect, I moved to California across the country from my family. While some people are planning to safely celebrate the holidays with their families, flying back to New York for Christmas is out of the question. And sadly, I know I’m not the only one who is spending the holidays far away from their family. My holiday season will look a lot different than the one I envisioned—and my box of decorations is the only way to make my Christmas feel somewhat normal.
I know I’m not the only one who is spending the holidays far away from their family. My holiday season will look a lot different than the one I envisioned—and my box of decorations is the only way to make my Christmas feel somewhat normal.
In an attempt to cheer up an otherwise bleak year, my boyfriend and I lit festive candles, pulled our stockings from storage, and bought a brand-new artificial Christmas tree. And, to my surprise, decorating our apartment for the holidays felt therapeutic. In a year when the days and months began to blend together, covering our home in festive greens and playing holiday songs gave us something to look forward to.
My favorite part of decorating was dressing up our Christmas tree. A few years ago, my boyfriend and I decided to pick up ornaments from each of our travel destinations. As we unwrapped and hung up each ornament, we reminisced about all our favorite adventures: the lobster from our trips to Maine, the Murano glass tree we bought in Venice, and the glitzy taxi cab that represents our time in New York City. 2020 was less than ideal, but rediscovering our ornaments reminded us just how much we have to be thankful for.
Of course, let’s address the elephant in the room: holiday decorations are synonymous with the end of the year. The sooner we set up and take down our Christmas trees, menorahs, and stockings, the sooner we can say goodbye to 2020 once and for all. And, with any luck, 2021 will be a lot better.