What do you need for the perfect Christmas? I know; peace on earth, your health...I know. But of those things that can be done, baked, bought, decorated and wrapped; what do you need? This might sound silly but for the last week, I've been giving careful thought to what makes Christmas perfect for me. And of course, it has nothing to do with the perfect gift.
I like a Christmas tree with too many lights. If I had to choose, I'd have a less-than-perfect sentimental tree over a perfectly themed department store tree. I need a wreath on my door. I need Christmas music although NOT before Thanksgiving. I need Christmas movies. I need baked goodies and pasta salad made with cheese tortellini and pilaf. I need things that either remind me of my childhood or the actual objects from the old days like the elf that hung on my grandma's chandelier and the angel tree topper that reflects wings on the ceiling. I wouldn't mind golden sparkly bells that play Jingle Bells when you pull the chord.
I need my shopping done pretty soon and the gifts wrapped and under the tree for a few weeks.
Hmm. That's all I can think of for now. But I'm determined to know what makes Christmas Christmasy and not wake up on January first and think, "I wish I would've remembered..."
I know these are not the important things. But sometimes if you decorate your life with the unimportant, the serious stuff takes on a softer glow. So what's your perfect Christmas made of?