Well, we’ve done it! The tree is decorated, the stockings are hung, and hot chocolate has been consumed, all while listening to some lovely Christmas carols. We even decorated outside on Saturday, despite the cold, which doesn’t happen every year but totally makes the kids’ Christmas when we do.
And I’m left feeling just the tiniest bit overwhelmed and sentimental. Primarily because if things go as planned (I think God laughs when he hears those words), this is our last Christmas in this house.
There will be lots more on this topic in the upcoming months, I’m sure…talk of bad wallpaper, open houses, indecision, excitement, stress, etc. But for right now, I’m a teensy bit sad. Which is the last thing I expected to feel about leaving this house.
Don’t get me wrong; this is a great house. It’ll be a perfect fit for someone out there, I know. It’s just that when we bought it, we bought it with the intention of being here 5-7 years (current count: 6 years, 2 months). We knew immediately that this was a stepping-stone house; not our first, which we adored, and not our forever house, which we will also, hopefully, adore. And of course, there are things I definitely don’t love, layout-wise, about this house, else we’d be staying.
But this house holds so many memories that I have reminded myself over the years are captured in my mind, in pictures, and on the blog. I told myself that I wouldn’t miss this house, but I’m starting to see that there are bits of it that I will.
Ok, enough icky sentimentality. I’m not in the mood. In the meantime, bask in the weirdness with me that our Christmas tree is in our office (in 7 Christmases here, our tree has been in our living room one, playroom once or twice, and office all the other years…it just doesn’t fit in our living room) one last time. Nothing says Christmas like, “Hey, kids, it’s Christmas morning! Let’s go open presents in a room without any comfortable furniture on a cold, laminate floor!”
Here are pictures from decorating the tree, what the outside of the house looks like at night, and our trip to Wild Lights at the zoo…