Decorating Party

N324 Decorating Party Blog

When I got home last night, I went to my platform (big surprise) to start taking down the set I had built for yesterday’s post and I just couldn’t take it down yet.  As I looked at the set and thought about what I wrote yesterday, some of the things I did my first couple of Christmases after moving to this city…needless to say, I had to use it for just one more shoot.

As I wrote yesterday, I need to start creating more of my own holiday traditions here, in my home.  While I am always welcome at my sister’s for the holidays, I am not always going to be able to go due to my work in health care.  With that being said, I need to make sure that I have things here that help bring the Christmas spirit into my home…things I can control and influence.  By doing that, it will make it much easier to not let my family’s response to my transition impact me so much.

When I first moved here, I would host small Christmas decorating parties.  I would supply all of the food and drinks and invite a few of my closest friends over to my house to help me decorate for the holidays.  The only thing I asked of them…that each of them bring an ornament or small decoration to add to my home.  Along with providing food and cocktails for them, I also gave each of them an ornament for their trees.  The idea behind this…we all got a reminder of someone special in our lives that became a part of our Christmas traditions.

My friends always brought ornaments, which was perfect.  They always work because you can mix and match ornaments all day long.  Every year now, my tree is decorated with a combination of ornaments that my mother gave me (she gave all of us a box of ornaments every year, which I love and now do the same with me niece and nephews) mixed in with the ornaments my friends gave me.  Some of them are really cute and all are a reflection of how my friends view me and the friendships we have developed over the years.  Its a wonderful reminder of that idea that we can pick our families…families aren’t defined by blood.

So while I had originally decided that I wouldn’t decorate my home for Christmas, I changed course.  I started reaching out to a few friends last night and this morning.  There are four who want to come help me decorate my home for Christmas.  So…we all found a time this coming weekend that works and the plans have been made.  I’ll need to do some ornament shopping and get something special for all of them but that’s ok.  I am really excited about this.  I think it will have to be an annual tradition for me.

Yep…this will help a lot with getting through the holidays.  Some of these friends…they have stood by me through so much.  I’m glad I reached out to them.  I haven’t been so good about that over the past few years with the demands of work and school.  I need to step up and do my part to stay connected with my real life peeps.

This will be fun and it will be so awesome to show them how much they mean to me. ♥

See it on Flickr!


Credits
What I’m Wearing
Dead Dollz – Helga Shorts, Sweater & Socks (socks sold separately)  [@ Uber]
Essenz – Austria [@ FaMESHed]
Truth – Teila [December VIP Group Gift]

What She’s Wearing
Addams – Melissa High Boots
Vinyl – Red Hot Sweater Dress [@ Uber]
Wasabi – Hope Hair & String Lights [@ Tannenbaum]

Poses
Fashiowl – XMas Car F1 [@ The Liaison Collaborative]
GingerFish Poses – Cocoa Dream 3 & Prop (head position adjusted with Animare) [@ The Liaison Collaborative]

Decor
ACORN [@ Epiphany]
Snowy Christmas Bone Stocking Exclusive
Snowy Christmas Fireplace RARE
Snowy Christmas Stocking -D
Snowy Christmas Stocking -E
Snowy Christmas Stocking -O
Snowy Christmas Paw Stocking VIP
Snowy Christmas Stocking -R
Snowy Christmas Stocking -Z

Apple Fall
Apple Sprig w/ Branch
Magnolia Leaf Wreath
Paris Loft Skybox RARE
Pinecones & Hazelnuts
Step Ladder
Twig Wreath

ARIA
Nouvel Rug

Can’t Even [@ Tannenbaum]
Vase Of Balls (Green/Red)

Kalopsia [@ Tannenbaum]
Angels Gift Box – Red
Animals Gift Box – Bear
Animals Gift Box – Fox
Candy Canes Gift Box – Green
Starry Gift Box – Plain
Starry & Pines Gift Box – Drawing
Starry & Pines Gift Box – Plain

Refuge [@ Tannenbaum]
Burst Bauble Blue
Burst Bauble Pink
Burst Bauble Purple
Burst Bauble White
Classic Bauble Blue
Classic Bauble Gold
Classic Bauble Pink
Classic Bauble Purple
Classic Bauble Silver
Drop Bauble Blue
Drop Bauble Gold
Drop Baunble Pink
Drop Baunble Purple
Drop Bauble Silver
Tree Frame Green Animated
Tree Frame Natural Animated
Vintage Star Topper RARE
Winter Scene Twinkling Stars
Wire Snowflake Blue
Wire Snowflake Pink
Wire Snowflake Purple
Wire Snowflake White

tarte
farmhouse coffee table
holiday twig vase

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