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Loft Life: What do we celebrate? 
Jan. 14, 2014 8:25 am 
Updated: Jan. 22, 2014 11:22 am

On my walkabout today around the inside of our apartment building (15 rounds is three miles), I was noticing the Christmas decorations on the doors of floor two. That got me to thinking:

I, too, still have my Christmas angel, bells and wreath decorating our apartment door. And, I keep wishing I could move on to the next season, but really think the earliest I would do that would be Valentine’s Day. But, then Valentines would be a very short-lived decor, unlike Christmas which at least lasts about a month.

But, what is the decor for January? What do we celebrate after Christmas and before Valentine’s Day?

Really there is nothing. Well, there is nothing that Madison Avenue or Hallmark tell us to celebrate.

So have we come to this? We can’t figure out how to or what to celebrate unless there is an advertising campaign for it? I find that a little disturbing that I am so dependent on them for this, rather than looking into my own heart and life for motivation to celebrate.

I thought about just celebrating “life” and putting up decorations for that. But, that seems like it’s more of springtime and Easter. And, welcoming spring before it is time goes against my whole reason for loving living in a place that has all four seasons. I like the winter months. They give me time to contemplate, to visit friends, to turn in a bit and do some soul searching which doesn’t seem to happen in the good weather months (or in California ever when I lived there).

Some people have their favorite football team logos out. I guess that would be appropriate for January and early February. But, my heart wouldn’t be in it. Don’t get me wrong, I like football. But, I don’t get into it enough to use my door to cheer on my team (which has already lost).

There are no leaves on the trees. There is still some snow and more to come. It is raining and, though not so cold as last week, it’s winter. So I don’t know what to replace my angel, bells and wreath with. Maybe a wreath of twigs?

I will keep on considering this, but I am open to your ideas. I’m really not very creative about this area. And, decorating has never been my strong suit. But, I do seem to choose friends who are both creative and artistic. What is it we celebrate in January that could have a decor to go with it? Bring it on readers. I welcome the good winter ideas.

Jan. 14, 2014 11:25 am
I like to celebrate the seasons, not just the holidays. My Christmas wreath stays up a little while because it's really more of a winter themed wreath. I also have a grape vine wreath for which I have collected (and still collect) seasonal stems and decorations for the different seasons and/or holidays. The added bonus is that the stems store in much less space than individual door hangings.
Jan. 14, 2014 1:54 pm
Oh Marjorie - I love your Christmas Angel - and I would probably keep her up all year round. I am a huge fan of Christmas and start putting up my Christmas decorations as soon as the candle in the jack-o-lantern is snuffed out. I don't forget Thanksgiving and do put up some "fall" items - but it kind of becomes a "fall/Christmas" cataclysmic explosion with Christmas eventually winning - and I would probably leave all my Christmas decorations up till Valentine's Day if I wasn't threatened with being labeled "The Village Idiot" by my neighbors. So I begrudgingly take down my Christmas decorations within the first week of January - - except this year I refused to snuff out my Christmas tree until January.... well it was later than Jan. 6th - - call me a rebel - but I loved my little twinkle lights- and angel floating atop a sea of green - it was pretty to come home to and cheered me up - and it was in a part of the house that no one but me could see anyway. From the road, I looked the pillar of compliance in conforming to the unwritten rule of "all Chirstmas decorations must be removed and packed by (insert deadline) - - ahhhhh...... but on the inside, I was Christmas Rebel Gone Wild.....LOL! But I digress - - back to your original question - what to do for January..... Personally, I would just keep that cute little Christmas Angel up and she would be outfitted differently according to the season or holiday - - like right now, since you are in an area of the country where you get snow - - she would become a "Snow Angel" and I would put some kind of white fur on her for a dress - and put some small cotton balls in the wire over her head - like snow is falling on her - and maybe you could find a pair of little skis or something else wintery to accessorize her. And then with the next holiday or season - change her dress and accessories to something else. Just a thought -- but she is so cute - I would have a hard time taking her down. I look forward to reading your next blog and seeing what you decide to do - go ahead Marjorie - - color outside the lines!!!
Jan. 15, 2014 12:54 pm
Love the grape vine Linda. And, luv, you had me literally laughing OUT LOUD. I could NEVER have thought of your angel garb ideas. How cute is that! I will have to see if my sub-standard decorating talents could at least do the cotton ball thing. Skis? Hmm. Have to think about that one. I so wish there were a way on AR to correspond with each other. I hope you read this, and if you want to conspire together to "rebel" some more on this, you can find me at Thanks so much for your faithful support of my thoughts and questions.
Jan. 15, 2014 6:12 pm
Ah Marjorie - - you have now been added to my "Christmas Rebels Gone Wild" e-mail list. You crazy girl!! I actually do correspond with a couple of people that I have become friends with through AR - - so I've added you to my AR "friends" list and will send you an e-mail shortly. I love my AR "buddies"- ya'll are the best!! I highly recommend that you keep that angel up and just change out her dress & accessories from time to time - - go to your local dollar store and look in the kids toys areas - you'll find the bags of tiny toys - like the cowboys & Indians stuff or the combat military stuff - - you could dress her up to be "Annie Oakley" with a little cowboy hat and attach a miniature horse under her wing - - or G.I. Jane with a helmet and military camo dress and a flag in the wire over her head - - or one of the "Red Hat" girls - with a stunning red hat and feather boa wrapped around her and some audacious sunglasses - - your door angel just may be the talk of the neighborhood - - I can see it now - - people coming from miles around just to see Marjorie's door angel and what new "chic" outfit she is wearing today - - my-oh-my - - it will be "Driving Miss Daisy" all over again - lol! I'll be talking to you soon Marjorie - - rebel on!!!
Jan. 21, 2014 3:10 pm
This is Bibi. It seems the comments are still anonymous, but I think you deserve to know who is commenting. Mom was on the hospitality committee for her church and was tasked to come up with a decorating idea for a church potluck in January. She had some little artificial, feathered cardinals that she put on her Christmas tree, so we did a "winter wonderland" theme. We used red-checked table cloths, cotton covered styrofoam oases with curly willow stalks anchored in the foam. Then we attached a few of her red "cardinals" to the branches, and used those little star-shaped glass votive holders. I'm not describing it well, but people thought it was really pretty.
Jan. 22, 2014 11:22 am
Bibi, thanks. Got your comments--both, I think. Thanks for the red bird with snow idea. Sounds pretty. I am in the process of making my angel into a Valentine angel, thanks to the inspiration of my friend, Luv2cook! thanks to you all for the great ideas.
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