Wow, Dec. 16th. I know it is a cliche but where did the time go? Well I don’t know about you but December for me is always SO busy. Something happened earlier this week though that compelled me to write. I was at a client’s home and she apologized that her Christmas tree sat naked and unadorned in in the corner of the family room. This client works a full time job, has two young children, 2 dogs, a large house and a husband who travels extensively for work. Apologize?? For what?? For not staying up until 3am every night in December to get all the decorating, cleaning, shopping, card writing, wrapping, baking, and Ho Ho Ho-ing accomplished?
Okay, let’s just talk about one of these chores: holiday decorating. If you are a blog reader like me, you have seen so many beautifully decorated interiors over the past few weeks. Designers, and bloggers have opened up their home and shown all the creative, beautifully styled, beautifully photographed, holiday decor filling their home. They make it seem effortless and “the norm” which makes some of us feel the need to apologize when the tree sits undecorated 1 week before Christmas. You do not need to apologize. Let me tell you the not so merry truth about holiday decorating…IT TAKES TIME…LOTS OF TIME.
Take for example Tobi Fairley’s incredible beautiful holiday playroom.
Now Tobi is one busy gal. Do you think she actually did this one evening when she got home from a long day at work? Absolutely not. Recently while attending Tobi’s fabulous Design Camp, she shared with us that to accomplish her holiday decorating she has a staff of designers that spend days upon days decorating and then a professional photographer who spends days more photographing.
I recently attended a holiday decorating talk by my friend Monique of Monx’s Design House. Monique is a professional event planner so she knows how long it takes to decorate down to the minute. She shared with us that her own holiday party for 30 guests takes 80 hours. That’s planing time, prep time, and decorating time. 80 hours! It got me thinking, so this year I decided to track how long it took me to decorate just a few areas of my own home. Here is the not so merry truth about how long it takes me to decorate.
Let’s look at the not so merry truth about decorating for Christmas
Wreath for front door: 1 hour 5 minutes.
10 mins. picking out wreath: 15 min. standing in line to pay for wreath. 40 minutes decorating wreath and another 30 minutes looking for wreath hook . (okay, I know that is my fault so I am not even going to count that).
Christmas tree: 4 hours,42 minutes.
Picking out “the one” :30 minutes. standing in same 15 minute line as with wreath. 12 minutes putting tree in stand and bringing into house (luckily I knew right where the stand was). Putting lights on tree: This is my husband’s job and he spent 4 hours stringing the lights while watching the Patriots game on TV. Okay there was some non productive time here like eating, drinking beer and yelling at the TV so let’s say 2 hours total on this. Putting the ornaments on tree 2 hours.
Entrance way: 3 hours.
Time was spent polishing the silver candlesticks, decorating the little silver bowls, and hanging the ornaments from the overhead chandelier.
Dining Table: 3.5 hours
Time included polishing silver candlesticks, ironing the table cloth, stringing up the hanging ornaments, setting the table (no glassware yet as that was all in dishwasher) and decorating the little tree in the corner.
Summing it all up; putting a wreath on the front door, decorating the entrance way, decorating the tree and setting the table took a total of 12 hours and 17 minutes. Sounds crazy huh? I also decorated the living room, the kitchen and the mantle. I didn’t keep track of that time but I am sure it was at least another 4-5 hours.
So please be kind to yourself if your tree is still undecorated, the gifts are not wrapped (or bought as in my case) and you feel unprepared. It all takes time…lot’s and lot’s of time.
If any of you have actually found the time to read this post… How many hours do you think your decorating took?