A Simple Winter Table

Scandinavian blood in my veins or not, I’m not keen on getting us out and about when it’s windy and rainy, so this Saturday, between a grocery adventure and a nice 3.5 mile run when the sun broke through in the late afternoon, I went through and de-Christmas’ed the house.

As much as I find that depressing, it was time. Things were starting to collect dust and despite our best efforts and any live greenery we had was starting to droop and look sad. This is usually the point, too, where the Christmas clutter starts to become overwhelming.

So we took down all the ornaments and decorations, cut the boughs off the tree and used them to cover the garden beds outside {it helps protect them from flash thaws and the unpredictability of Virginia weather}, and chopped the trunk for our firepit {after taking a few slices to add to our Christmas tree coaster collection – more on that later!}.

But we didn’t just go cold turkey on the decor. Winter can be pretty bland and bare, and we didn’t want the house to feel that way. So here’s what the tablescape ended up looking like with all the Christmas removed.

So you might be asking why, with all the stuff going on in our lives, I spend time worrying about decor. I wonder that, too, sometimes.

The answer? As you might have noticed around here, I spend a lot of time cooking up food and we love having people over to share it with, I also spend a fair bit of time making sure the table and the surrounding areas look welcoming and festive. Call it a frame for the main event – the food!

How long do you guys leave Christmas decorations up?

2 thoughts on “A Simple Winter Table

  1. I love Scandinavian home decor!
    Poland has strong bonds with Catholic Church, and in the Church, Christmas ends on the 2nd of February. Most homes and public spaces have Christmas decorations up until the end of January or so, just before the official end of Christmas season.

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