Melanie Jeanne

‘Tis the Season

It’s no secret, I love the holidays.

I may not be prepared for all of the holidays. In fact, we pretty much skip over Thanksgiving here. This is quite unintentional in all senses of celebration. As a blended family our kids have traditions at their other homes that far surpass those that we have created here. As a result, Thanksgiving has always just been J and me therefore our tradition is just different. We go to a local restaurant and partake in their turkey day festivities and we generally then nap and go to the movies. We also do a bit of Black Friday shopping together and finally allow ourselves to light up the house (because we decorate well in advance and don’t want to cause pause for our neighbors). We don’t have much by way of fall decor that would suffice for Thanksgiving and since no one is here… Well, Christmas comes early at our home (Christmas lights are hung and waiting right now).

I’ve already pulled out all that we have (except the tree for our family room, which by the way, may go up this week) and placed it. There’s not much this year. Last year we were in the throws of moving at this time and we had gotten rid of everything and anything that no longer held meaning or that did not jive with our holiday vibe. All we accomplished last year was putting up our tree and stockings and left decor at that. But, this year, Halloween reminded me just how much I love decorating. And, well, Christmas is my favorite.

I love decorating with intention and purpose. Our home felt festive and beautiful throughout the Halloween festivities. And now that we are in Christmas season here, well, I need to ensure our Christmas decor follows suit.

I started with what we have. Bins filled with our families favorites. Irish Santa’s gifted to J from his mom. Santa’s from around the World gifted to me from my parents (Santa’s I grew up seeing in my childhood home). Our mid century modern decor, as limited as it may be, that we have collected over the seasons together. Our stockings hung by the chimney with care. And now I start adding to the decor to make this season as incredible as the rest.

A tree has been purchased and decorated in the Doodle’s room. So sweet and twinkly. And I am a-ok with the pre Thanksgiving decor, as apparently decorating for Christmas now will make me happier. I am all for happier and I see no reason to argue with the Today Show.

Go ahead… decorate, I won’t judge you!

Coming soon – secrets in decorating with intention, mixing old family decor with new decorations that delight. 


  1. kylee

    November 15, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Love those little boots next to the bar cart! Where did you get ’em?

    1. Melanie

      November 16, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      Good ol’ Target. But, literally 15 years ago. One of the first things I bought for myself when I lived on my own. 🙂

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