Last Christmas, I wrote a guide to decorating a Californian cabin. This year, we no longer live in a cabin; we now live in a lovely Midwestern home in the suburbs of Chicago. Such a momentous move requires updated holiday design principles. Here they are!
1. Choose your aesthetic
In California my aesthetic was Christmas paper chains. In Illinois, my aesthetic is SNOW (with a secondary aesthetic of paper chains). The snow is so beautiful you hardly even need any other decorations. It's falling softly as I type, and really, does life get anymore Christmassy than that?
snow, Snow, SNow, SNOw, SNOW!
2. Make sure you get your (fake) taxidermy in on the action
Since we moved out of the cabin, I have significantly less taxidermy in my life. It's lonely. So I did the best I could and jollified Imogene, my jewelry moose. She has decided to be very dignified about it.
3. Hang your stockings by the TV
We no longer have a wood stove, or a fireplace, so were are hanging our stockings by the TV with care. It's so American. On the TV, Andy is playing some sort of video game that exemplifies the Christmas spirit, I'm sure.
4. Decorate your little tree
We are still into little trees. I just love them so much! They fit in the trunk of your car, they are a snap to set up, and they only need one little string of lights. We got ours this year at the Cosley Zoo, which is an incredibly adorable local zoo, that contains local animals. For a great collection of rabbits, deer, owls, foxes, and turkey vultures, look no further.
5. Hang your Christmas Star in your front window
This is still probably my favorite thing. And this year, we actually have traffic that goes by our front window, so other people can enjoy it too!