Ditching the Domestic Diva!

Scarecrows, hay bales, pumpkin displays, wreaths, ribbon, fruit bowls, lights… “Deck the Hall with boughs of holly..”, and all that jazz!

I’ve always been a sucker for it! Especially with music students (and their moms) coming in and out of my house for lessons, small group meetings, dinner parties…la la la. I’ve loved cutting the corn stalks down from the garden, and tying them together just so, being careful that the whole stack doesn’t topple over. I’ve carefully placed the hay bale, mums, and pumpkins in a forcefully haphazard fashion in my front bed.

I actually have corn stalks and pumpkins from the garden, and a hay bale in the basement, all ready to make me look good to the neighbors!

Hmmmph! So why don’t I want to put up the obligatory display? I”ve realized just today that I’m resisting it! What is going on in my little “over-achiever” brain that it’s short-circuiting so?

Am I depressed? Is it the economic issues, that dwarf my concerns for a “Southern-Living-esque” home? Or am I rebelling against the pressures I usually put on myself to conform to the suburban goddess image?

Is it healthy? Or just Scroogey? Am I the only one?


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I'm a mom, blogger, vlogger, libertarian. I love Jesus, and my husband, too. Social Media Strategist for a Non-Profit (All statements here are solely my own)


  1. melody is slurping life says:

    The boys just asked in the middle of school work, are we EVER going to put up our Halloween decorations?

    Me, Ms. Loves Holidays…not so much into it. ?


  2. I’m hardly ever into all the decorations. But this year is awfully strange in that I’m totalling refusing to admit that it’s fall yet. I want my summer back. I mean, I’m seriously rebelling.


  3. Coma Girl says:

    I am not joking – about 5 minutes before I read this post I put into my tasks on my phone “decorate for Halloween”. I had completely forgotten about it.

    You’re not the only one!


  4. Hay Real Mom!
    Since you yourself grew the cornstalks and pumpkins, go ahead and arrange them. This is authentic harvesting. It’s not vain fluff!
    Go ahead. You can bale out and not feel like a hypocrite.


  5. I used to go all out in my decorating…now….mmm, not so much. I can’t quite figure it out either. I think it’s because there are things in my life now like homeschooling my kids and just keeping the house clean that take precedence over decorating and trying to impress the neighbors (who, by the way, don’t seem all that impressed).


  6. My daughter went out and decorated the front of the house herself this year. I think sometimes its ok to have a little rest. I know you’ve been feeling scattered. Take a break and do something good for Sarah. If you love doing those things then make time for it but if it causes you undue stress thinking about your house not being pretty enough for the neighbors then forget about it. I know I’ll love your house either way.
    Romans 12:2
    Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will isโ€”his good, pleasing and perfect will.


  7. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates says:

    It is certainly OK if you don’t decorate! I get that way myself sometimes about things – though this is the first year that I actually decorated for Fall. The blogosphere made me do it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think if you have too many things going on and you are trying to keep everything straight in your mind, then you feel like you don’t have the mental energy to do something so creative.

    I say only do it if the mood strikes you or you are inspired by something.


  8. Way More Homemade says:

    I ditched her a LOOONG time ago. I never decorate for fall… I only do Christmas. But I LOVE Christmas decorations.


  9. I think maybe the economy and the elections really do make this sort of thing seem frivolous and unimportant this year. It shouldn’t maybe… but I think it does.


  10. Amy @ Experience Imagination says:

    Wait, it’s fall? Where’d summer go? And when did the stores start stocking Christmas, for goodness sake?!

    I have thought about getting/making a harvest-y wreath for my door. Maybe after we get unpacked. Assuming I won’t need greenery by then.


  11. Tedd and Emily Lodes says:

    I struggle with this a lot. One of my favorite things to do is decorate and make things look good and I often feel my conscious nagging at me for it. I just can’t justify the need to impress others, wanting to decorate my place to “make me feel good,” spending money on a cute snowman figurine or candles or seasonal dish-ware when there are people who don’t have enough money to buy rice so their kids can eat. I just can’t shake it; yet I feel such a drive to decorate and cutsie-up a place! I feel a lot of grace, though, and the Lord made the Earth beautiful; I don’t think it’s a haphazard design! I think it’s a balance…now I’m blabbing ๐Ÿ™‚

    You’re not weird.


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