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Starting Over – New Holiday Traditions

November 26, 2011

It seems fitting that after publishing my articles over and Miss A that we would HAVE to start over on our holiday traditions.  We were all set to start putting up the outdoor decorations when we discovered that they were all ruined.  The hurricane that flooded our basement and took out our furnace also destroyed our Christmas supplies.  Almost nothing is salvageable.  The majority of our bins are laced with mold and mildew.

I’m not gonna’ lie, I cried about it.  Hundreds of dollars of ornaments and garland.  The amazing Monster Stockings we bought our first Christmas living together and the one we bought for Alexa on her first holiday season.  So many memories are sitting out on our front porch waiting to be tossed in a trash bag so they can be brought to the dump.  Big ugly tears **sobs**

There’s a little hope that some things can be saved through bleach and/or dry cleaning, but I’m not going to hold my breath.  Instead, I’m shopping.  New everything for a new year. This will be the first year that Alexa understands the concept behind Christmas and I won’t let this ruin it.

The only bright side to this whole mess is that I was already planning to keep the glass ornaments in storage in favor of a Kid Friendly Holiday.  That means I was already going to hand-craft lots and lots of paper decorations in lieu of the traditional breakable kind.  So while I’ll still need to replace the bulk of our outdoor decor the indoor things can be replaced over time.

One of the indoor additions this year will be another set of handmade stockings.  No monsters this year since the store is sold out already!  I found a truly amazing replacement though.  These adorable curly elf toed stockings from, you guessed it, Etsy!  Now we just need to chose our fabrics and place an order.  Yes, we plan to get the new baby her own stocking (with her name on it, just in case the shop goes out of business before next year) but no we won’t display it or share the name just yet ;D

Note to self, never ever ever ever ever store anything in the basement ever ever ever again.

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  1. November 26, 2011 10:41 pm

    Noooooooo to ruined things! That is a load of suck! But so cool that you’re getting awesome Etsy stuff with so much character. You guys are so fun.

    • November 26, 2011 11:12 pm

      HAHAH thanks! We were totally clubber weirdos when we met, and while we’ve both toned it down a LOT since having Alexa…I can’t help but love a bit of quirk. The new stockings are MUCH more traditional, but still super fun. I also love that I’m supporting another handmade business with the replacements. The original stockings were actually my first Etsy transaction!

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