The downstairs of the apartment block where I live is made up of the lobby, dining room, lounge area and some office rooms. There are Christmas decorations all over the place. Even one area with a purple poinsettia, and some purple mesh-like material draped around. Not to my liking … it’s not Traditional. The lady responsible for it told one of the tenants that she was trying to educate us; we needed to make changes!
When you’re as old as some of us are, you don’t want anyone to mess with your traditions! We have three tenants that are over 100 years old! (No, I’m not one of them, yet!)
When I downsized, and moved here five years ago, my decorations didn’t make the move. Mice had got into them where they were stored in the crawl space, so better not to bring them here. I have a wreath on the door, and a small poinsettia (a red one!) on my table.
There was a Santa Claus light bulb that had been on my tree ever since I was about fourteen. There were hand made clothespin dolls and soldiers, quilted stars, animals made out of felt, and some bells made out of beads, and crocheted “stars”. They were all things that I made. Then I had some store bought corn husk dolls that I loved. I think those were what attracted the mice!
I don’t have any of those decorations any more, but I do have very fond memories of making them, and of hanging them on our tree each year. And some of them are now on the trees that my three sons decorate each year.