This year I am advocating minimalism. Not the fun or the magic, just the stuff.
I am using the same artificial tree I have always used, rotating the ornaments (I have several sets to choose from), putting up a few of my favorite decorations and only buying gifts for the grand-kids.
Outside I have a few fun things I like to put up every year too.
My favorite decorations are my hippie Santa I've had for years, my ceramic lighted tree that is now 35 years old and my elf that is now 50 years old (doesn't he hold his looks well??)
I hang the holiday cards from a jute cord along the ceiling beam. This way I can just keep adding to the row.
I think the important thing to remember is that this is a holiday of many faiths, traditions and beliefs, but we can all celebrate it together in our individuality.
I especially look forward to the winter solstice! A very magical time for plants and wildlife. This is my new year, a time I put troubles behind me and look to the future. Not to mention the days start getting longer and more light is always appreciated!
What are your traditions for this time of year?