It used to take a week or more to decorate at the farm when the kids were growing up. The trees, the spiral staircase, outside - I even cut various sizes of lace paper doilies into snowflakes and glued them on the front and back windows. That was the most beautiful part. I have two closets full of Christmas decorations, many antique, that my kids don't want as it is not their style or they don't have room for. Wish I had had the forethought to go through them and sell them in my booth. Here are the little dolly ice skates I bought recently.
But, I am become Scrooge. I didn't decorate after they grew up as they didn't come to the farm and I didn't want to haul out all of the stuff and put it back up. Too much trouble. We had to go to the city so Santa would come and visit and I just did a minimal job at our other city house for the grandkids.
Last year I found these birch trees from Restoration Hardware. Already lit and easy, with brown paper packages tied up with string.
I have house collections, trees too, and a Snowman collection I couldn't find room for, so maybe another year. I did put out a few on this table and you'll notice the baby skis and child's skis along with the ice skates I recently found.
So, I had this old wood tree-shaped store display I brought up to the city to sell in my booth. I thought I probably wouldn't find anything else like it and used it to display my Christmas village. Didn't have to spread the village out and it went perfectly there. All the little people and things were quickly removed by my baby granddaughter, Penny Lane. She had a ball with it.
So maybe, I have not become such a Scrooge. If not for the grand babies, I still wouldn't decorate, but just for them, I am. Now, I've got to start baking and candy making and shopping for presents too.