At what point did women sell their souls to Martha Stewart and her like? She's not known for being nice or for playing fair. She is not someone our mothers would be proud for us to emulate. We are strong, independent women living in a time when those qualities are admired and appreciated and yet, when Christmas rolls around we all want to be Martha. We have been bitten by the evil little Martha
bug. It's a horrible creature that drills itself into your brain boring ever deeper convincing you that you must be like Martha all the while knowing that it is an impossible task. In my quest for Marthadom I now have half of a two car garage filled with Christmas decorations. Trees for every room. Ornaments collected from around the world. Even a giant Santa chair. There is no vaccine for this bug only a series of painful shots after you have been bitten.
My New Year's Resolution is this - Martha Stewart will be gone from my Christmas season brain. I will endure the painful anti-Martha shots, I won't even peek at a Martha magazine after July, and above all else, I vow that all future Christmases will be non-Martha like.
Join with me as I say farewell and good riddance to excessive Christmas stress caused by my need to be
like Martha. One tree, loads of ornaments, a wreath and a lot of guilt for not being Martha will become my Christmas of the future.
I had considered going so far as to merely post a Word document stating a simple "Merry Christmas" only later determining that even if Martha were to do it I couldn't.
|History making White Christmas in Atlanta|
First in 128 years
|Garland ornaments purchased from Rafe on Etsy|
|Santa's giant chair, who needs an elf on the shelf |
when you have this?
|My favorite gift! I love unusual nativity sets.|
|My creations only tree|
|Martha made me do it!|
All of my Christmas decor should be put back in its non-seasonal home by March 1. I'm sure Martha has a rule about putting away decorations by a certain date but I don't have a staff to boss around with harsh criticism and lack of appreciation and as of January 1, 2011 Martha will be vanquished from my life.
To each of you I wish a very happy, healthy, and peaceful New Year and easier Christmas decorting in the future! Thanks for being a part of my life!