Monday, November 1, 2010

The Holidays

The Holiday Season is here!  At least for me it is.  I've been so excited for this day, the Christmas decors comes out at Target!  Ok, so some of it has filtered in over the past few weeks, but today was the BIG day with all the glitz coming out.  I'm sure as soon as I get a bit of work done I'll be heading to the nearest Target store to get a look at all the goodies. 

I am SO excited to buy some Christmas decorations this year!  I can honestly say I'm more excited about the decor than the gift buying.  Other than a three and a few (very cheap) bulbs, we don't really have the Christmas trimmings.  (Last year, we were newly married, frugal, and poor.)  Though still doing our best to be frugal, we've been saving for our holidays all year!  I'm excited to have a great tree, a wreath, some Christmas candles in our new fireplace (yay for moving!) and maybe even some festive plates.  Don't even get me started on how excited I am to be hanging our stockings on a real mantel!  Also I'll have to really enjoy our nativity scene this year because we probably won't be using it in Italy.  (Christians converting from Catholicism, especially in a country such as Italy, have a hard time separating nativity scenes and pictures of Jesus from idolatry.  Our nativity scenes will just be one of the many things we'll give up in order to reach the lost with genuine love.)  So for now - I'll enjoy it. 

In many scenarios, I find myself choosing to not buy certain home decor items because I can't justify buying it only to get rid of it in less than two years.  It just ceases to be worth it.  It amazes me the different way you spend your money when your mindeset changes that it's not really yours.  We're learning so much about how to be real stewards of our money.  Anyway, I'm buying Christmas decorations.  I know that we'll use them this Christmas, next Christmas and then either store them or sell them.  Some parts of me nag that it's not worth the money.  But, I've been saving for this, and even though we are leaving the country - we also have to live here for twenty months and two holiday seasons.  Living comfortably is okay.  So I'm doing some spluring without the remnant shoppers remorse. 

So excited for the Holidays.


  1. In Rome some of the biggest and most elaborate presepi are found in Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Euclide, Santa Maria in Trastevere, and Santa Maria d'Aracoeli, on the Capitoline Hill. A life-size nativity scene is set up in Piazza Navona where a Christmas marketplace is also set up. The Church of Saints Cosma e Damiano, by the main entrance to the Roman Forum, has a large nativity scene from Naples on display all year. You won't need a nativity because they are everywhere in Italy! :) Excited for Christmas decorating as well!! Yay!! :)

  2. I think you missed my point. :)