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Nostalgic holiday ornaments

Christmas ball

Wooden ornamentI'm still feeling my way through Christmas decorations for our trailer. On the one hand, it's very easy to go overboard and turn decorations into clutter in such a small space. On the other hand, when the days are so short and gray, lights and greenery are much appreciated.

Last year, I went with a homemade garland above our table, which smelled good and looked pretty...but started dropping needles awfully quickly. This year, I changed gears a bit, keeping the lights (which we added to the garland after I made the post linked to above), and adding the bare minimum of ornaments. Mom let me go through our childhood Christmas box and pull out some ancient wooden ornaments and glass balls, which definitely make me smile every time I look at them, both because they're pretty and because they remind me of long-ago trees.

I'm curious to hear from others who like holiday decorations but live in a small space. What's your favorite nod toward the winter season?



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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I love putting colored Christmas lights in windows. Some windows I'll frame in lights, some get lights strung up in designs like stars or trees, and some I'll just zig-zag the lights across. I love the colors, brightness, and cheer the lights bring, inside and out, without taking up precious floor space.

We also move furniture around to put up a small tree that is decorated with ornaments collected from various trips and life events. It's rather cluttered, but since it's only for a few weeks it is worth it I think. I love how decorating, and un-decorating, the tree is like a trip through memory lane. Every ornament is a reminder of something positive we've experienced. If we didn't have room for a tree I think I'd just hang the ornaments from the strings of lights in the windows!

Comment by Rae Mon Dec 15 21:08:00 2014





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