Hello everyone and Happy Easter (if you are celebrating it)!
After our last vacation in December 2017 and no annual leave days left until April 1st this year, having a long weekend feels amazing. My plan has been to simply rest, exercise, watch movies and read in bed. Apart from this, we’ve also been cooking a lot and eating too many chocolate and other sweets. For some reason holidays end up being all about food and crazy amount of sugar.
As we’ve become more and more self disciplined in terms of spending money and organizing our home, this Easter feels as if I become a master at low key decorating but still keeping the festive vibe going on.
Growing up, my mother would also decorate the entire home during Christmas and Easter time. Every room of our apartment with most focus on the living room and dining area. Most of the time I loved it, it felt like we were living in on of those really extra commercials played during holidays. Plus, she would always use a combination of last year’s and newly bought decorations. This is something that stuck with me so once I moved into my own place I gradually built my own holidays decorations supply.
When I moved to Sweden, I had to move around a couple of times and had either studio or one room in a shared apartment. This has been me for the transition to minimalism. I was twice in the situation where I had to pack and unpack, I was aware that the place is not mine but luckily always fully furnished, and I had limited funds to use. The home decor shopping had been reduced compared to back home. Not to mention, Scandinavian design and lifestyle gravitate around minimalism.
The third I had to move was when I bought an apartment with my boyfriend. Owning it of course changes the way you do the shopping for the house, in both good and bad ways. I would say the good is that you have full control over decision making regarding furniture, color of the walls, appliances, etc. On the negative side, you tend to overbuy because you can always pack it somewhere when you no longer need it and you tend to save even the smallest thing because you never know when you will need it.
If for Christmas we have a box with decorations we use each year, for Easter well…we had zero. I spent a couple of minutes wondering why we don’t have anything saved for Easter time and then it hit me, Easter in Sweden is not really a big thing and even if they do use eggs and bunnies as decorations, it’s mostly plastic eggs that you can buy but don’t feel like holding on to them. Easter decoration is also mostly about the big egg packaging for sweets, coloured feathers and flowers. As far as I remember, back home is much more variety in Easter decorations and in all fairness, there is so much more demand.
This Easter has been minimalistic. As I’m the one in charge of keeping the home fresh and nicely decorated (even in our minimalistic interpretation), this year I was very strict and did not allow myself to buy more than two decorations. I put most focus on flowers, tulips and daffodils. I’ve placed the flowers in our kitchen, on our big dining table, and on the coffee table. The two decorations are: one painted eggs arrangement with a chicken hatching from one of them, and a set of colored plastic eggs that we hanged against plain whit background.
I feel really good about my decision and I still get the same Easter feeling. Incidentally, my mother sent us a package that arrived over the weekend and it was partially filled with Easter decorations and sweets. We incorporated some of them, while the rest we decided not to use because it would be too much. We did eat all the sweets in two days.
What I realise now is that I went from manically decorating the entire house to only focusing on the one-two areas of the room we spent most time in – our living room and open kitchen. I definitely prefer the minimalistic way and I really feel just as festive. We’re making clean, simple yet elegant choices and feel less commercial.
This our way of doing things and it’s just one aspect of celebration.
Holidays and celebrations mean different things to different people. Some people are at their fanciest or put most effort in decorating the home only during festive days. Others live for table decorating and love to spoil family and friends with amazing lunches or dinner parties. There is no correct or wrong way to celebrate your holidays. There is also no obligation to celebrate at all. We should do what feels best for us.