I'm Lindsay Ferrier, a Nashville writer with a passion for family travel, exploring Tennessee, and raising kids without losing my mind in the process. This is where I share my discoveries, along with occasional deep thoughts, pop culture tangents and a sprinkling of snark. Want to get in touch? Use the CONTACT form at the top of the page.
January 18, 2013
There’s nothing that can put you in a bad mood quite like taking down the Christmas decorations and realizing you have at least two more months of cold, dreary, weather ahead, with no twinkling lights or holiday cookies to provide a distraction.
January is generally the saddest time of year as far as my house is concerned. We have fun decorations for fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, and in the summer time we’re outdoors so much that we don’t really pay attention to how it looks inside.
But in January, once the Christmas decorations are down, we don’t have a whole lot to look at. The house is suddenly bare. And cold. And sad. And we’re stuck inside, trying to deal with it.
This year, I finally decided to act on an idea I’ve been wanting to try for ages.
This year, I turned our post-holiday house into a Winter Wonderland.
Overall, the best deals came from Michaels, one week after Christmas. By that time, every Christmas item was eighty percent off. EIGHTY PERCENT OFF, PEOPLE. I loaded up a shopping cart with fake snow, snowflake ornaments, mercury glass vases, silver ribbon, and snow-sprinkled pine cones and spent next to nothing.
Why hello, snowy staircase!
But my favorite decorations are in the kids’ rooms. I picked up a few packages of paper and tinsel snowflakes from Party City and transformed their rooms into a snowstorm of flakes while they were at school.
And mercury glass vases, finials, pine cones and icy branches on top. I’m paranoid about fire, so I put LED votives inside the vases. You really can’t tell the difference. We turn them all on each night and feel very cozy.
I also put vinyl snowflake decals on our kitchen windows and on the windows in the kids’ rooms. We are thrilled with our winter wonderland and plan to make it an annual tradition. And who knows? Maybe the real thing will fall outside before the month is over…
It’s not so bad after all.