Tuesday, December 05, 2006

In lieu of decor

Moving to my new place last year, I chose not to decorate during the holidays. I maintain the same attitude this year. No tree, tinsel, lights, fake reindeer and snow will clutter up my domain. I have enough clutter (plus a cat who is liable to chew on the lights and leave me sans furry companion, but a very bad odor that'll stick to the walls if I know my destiny).

What makes the season for me is Christmas music. Carols, the christmas concerts, even hearing the occasional Jingle Bells inside the mall, awakens the spirit inside me. I'm attending two concerts at the CCP and the Peninsula. Both will be full of classical carols, western and filipino. Two years ago, I remember attending the CCP/Philippine Philharmonic concert, and have gone to two Peninsula concerts in the same number of years. The former can be very freewheeling, especially if the conductor decides to broaden our horizons to new sources of Christmas songs. He threw in S. American carols the last time. While the Peninsula is a tried and true formula. Traditional carols, mostly western, with a couple of Filipino songs, a modern piece, then the Hallelujah Chorus at the end to top it off. The tree glitters in the background, the smell of nutmeg and butter and richness all around. I usually have to get to the Pen around 3 p.m for a decent table along the mezzanine, as all the tables in the lobby are packed. By then, I'm full of seasonal joy and goodwill, and a definite pushover when faced with my nephew and nieces' puppy dog looks for something for their proverbial stockings.

This year, I have an escape plan....

3 comments:

Katrina said...

I don't decorate anymore either, although on the rare times I find Christmas decor that fits my style (i.e., purple/ black/ silver/ fur/ glitter/ etc), I buy it and store it for future use. My first year at our place, I decorated and even made my own tree (since they don't usually come in my theme colors) out of black cord and purple twine. Then I got too lazy to take them down the year after. When June came along, I figured it was halfway to Christmas already and anyway, they matched my furniture; so I left them up and just added on to them come December when I had a party. But since I've hardly ever entertained since then, I've never been motivated enough to take the decor out of the bag again. I think I'll wait till I get a maid...

As for the music, my favorite is still Carol of the Bells. It always lifts me up, especially when it builds up till the whole chorale is singing. Never fails to give me goosebumps. :-)

Socky2u said...

Seems like there are now a lot of us (at least me, you and Katrina) who shun Christmas decors, er, clutter. Are we getting jaded?

Mila Tan said...

I think we all see the need to declutter our lives. One less thing to dust, store (the lack of storage is one reason I don't intend to buy a tree), and worry about. That way we can also enjoy other people's efforts along these lines, like that house in Mandaluyong which has all the Santa stuff. Or just go to one of the nicer hotels and enjoy the xmas spirit.

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