A couple of years ago, I got the idea to set up the tree I used to set up on my desk at work and create a sort of tableau. Last year, I did it again, making it look like my dolls were decorating the tree. Everyone seemed to like that one a lot. When I told Rob I planned on creating another tableau this year, he hoped I would recreate last year’s, maybe using different dolls but still having them decorating the tree.
I am stubborn and refused to do the same thing I’d done the year previously, as you can see. Instead, my initial idea was to have some of the husky toys we’ve collected and pretend they are decorating the tree. However, when you think about pets and Christmas trees, decorating isn’t usually the final outcome. So instead of decorating, I let the puppies look like they knocked over the tree and were now having fun playing with the decorations.
I think it looks like I have succeeded.
One of the few things I miss about being gainfully employed is the fun I used to have decorating my cubicle. In truth, I went overboard, and I knew it. I knew it and I didn't care. I wanted to make my cubicle look festive and fun even if I wasn't necessarily enjoying myself day in and day out. So it's nice that I'm finding ways to use the decorations I bought to be used for a particular purpose are still being brought out and scattered about our home.
Of course, I keep setting the bar higher, coming up with new tableaux without buying new things. I don't know how much creativity I have to come up with these little stories but I'm enjoying the challenge.
Then again, the real challenge right now is making sure Holly doesn't live out the imaginary scene I've created. She's already sniffing around the decorations. I guess you can say I've started a new tradition in the past couple of years. And I'm not too worried about coming up with something creative and clever in 2015. After all, I have an entire year in which to think about it.