naughty or nice (wreath)
If you are like me your naughty or nice switch cycles every 180 seconds on some days. The origin of naughty or nice is steeped in European history, but this time of year I see naughty or nice with more shades of gray than red, white and green.
With Christmas less than two weeks away, the definitions of naughty & nice get blurry.
Of course, it may be the glass of wine
during while making ordering dinner.
**Disclaimer: the following examples do not involve wine…
Naughty and nice gets blurry when I circle the parking lot at the mall for the 3rd time. The first pass through the lot I sing, “Let it Snow..” at the top of my lungs, but by the third lap I tweak the lyrics in the family favorite, “Grandma got run over by a reindeer….”
Or, while waiting in the self-checkout lane at King Soopers, to buy one more bag of brown sugar, I rewrite the self-checkout rules (in my head) to include the following; no one with fresh produce is allowed to operate the self-checkout kiosk. Sometimes, it’s just too hard to be that nice while watching 11 bags of oranges, limes, peppers and the seasonal favorite bag of mixed nuts roll down the belt.
In life, just like during the holidays, there are blurry edges in the everyday. On some days I hover between the naughty and nice list. #nojudgement
But when I find a balance between naughty or nice it takes a lot of pressure off of me. I feel a weight lift off my shoulders and lower neck. Sometimes, with an attitude change I feel the warm, holiday happy feelings return. You know, the reason for the season. #perspective
And, the adage, “fake it until you make it” was my motto when I used a red and white naughty or nice sign (from last year) with a favorite artificial boxwood wreath. I thought a naughty or nice wreath would add a little bit of holiday happiness to my kitchen pantry door.
Sidenote: My boys’ eyes just rolled with that last sentence.
And, adding a little red, white and green was just what my kitchen needed this time of year. With a room that becomes the hub for “lost and found” and dirty dishes, my kitchen was on my naughty list.
I love simple Christmas decor in the kitchen. See my favorite kitchen below.
With a foot of red ribbon and a small wood sign, I create a pretty, naughty or nice wreath. Against the white pantry door, the red and white look amazing against the green boxwood wreath.
Oh, and the origin of the expression of “naughty or nice” you can read about it here.
And, here is my favorite Christmas kitchen this year. I love it!
So what are you feeling today? naughty or nice
Linking to: Create with Joy