It seems that my Christmas posts are always one room at a time, and there is never a whole house tour. So today, I want to put together some of the decorating from the last two years into one post.
I am calling this my Ghost of Christmas Past post, but I also need to tell you that unfortunately, you are not going to be able to enjoy the Ghost of Christmas Present until Christmas Future. Have I thoroughly confused you? (I see you shaking your head yes.) Okay, let me explain.
Way back in October, Ann Blevins, the Senior Editor at Better Homes and Gardens, contacted me to ask if we would be interested in having our home photographed for their 2015 Christmas Ideas magazine if we were chosen. (We were one of 12 homes that they were considering.)
I thought long and hard about it.
A few years ago, I would have immediately said yes, yes, and yes! But after last year’s photo shoot that still has not materialized into print and knowing how much work we put into something like that, I was a little leary. Additionally, someone who worked freelance with Meredith Corporation had contacted me this summer about doing a photo shoot, and it did not materialize either.
And more than that, I had already committed to the December 12th blogging event with several bloggers that I highly respect. I knew that magazines don’t like you to show the spaces they photograph before they are published, and I wasn’t going to back out on that upcoming Christmas in the Kitchen post- magazine photo shoot or not.
Do you see why I didn’t immediately jump on the opportunity? Ann had wanted me to call her, but before I did, I sent her an email (a lengthy one) explaining all these concerns. In less than an hour, she emailed back and we set up a time for a phone conference.
When we finally had that phone conversation, she assured me that if we were chosen for the final selection, it would indeed be published and we could work out the kitchen post issue.
I did not hear from her for quite awhile. In fact, I assumed we had not been chosen.
Near the middle of November, I sent another email to Ann that said something like,
Have you made your final selection for the homes you are using for the magazine? I assume that we have not been chosen as one of them.
(I was already starting to think about this year’s holiday decorating and needed to know if they might be coming.)
In less than 45 minutes, I received this reply from her:
Yes! We Are! Our process went much more slowly than anticipated. Can you give me a call?
So we spoke, and she explained the whole process and later sent me the contract that spells out all the expectations. (It was all very professional.)
Then over the following few weeks the art director contacted me, and she let me know that she will be coming along with the photographer(s). We emailed back and forth and finally settled on 2 days that work with both of our schedules.
Those 2 days are in January. At first I was disappointed that it was after Christmas.
We use sooooo much fresh greenery here that I knew there was no way it would look fresh in January…that basically meant doing it all twice – a tree twice – which is a TON of work. But then….
I came down with pneumonia the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and if you have been reading here in the last few weeks, you know it has really killed my schedule and my energy. So now I am super thankful that the date is not until January.
I am taking it slow. The Christmas trees are still waiting outside and will probably remain there at least another week.
If I put up everything late, I think we can keep it fresh until the photoshoot. So perhaps this pneumonia has been a blessing in disguise.
Now what does all of this mean for the blog during the month of December? Well…I have the kitchen ready for the post for this Friday.
I plan on keeping it like it is for our Christmas but will redo it a different way for the photo shoot. (I actually had 3 different ideas in mind for decorating it for this Christmas anyway, so I get to use 2 of the ideas.)
Unfortunately, I will not be able to show you the rest of the house decorated this Christmas. That is my Ghost of Christmas Present that you won’t get to see until next winter when the magazine is on the newsstands – my Ghost of Christmas Future.
I hate that I can’t share it with you this year, but knowing my low energy level, I probably won’t have it all finished until almost Christmas Day anyway.
But that does not mean that I won’t have Christmas posts for you to enjoy this month. I already have 4 planned out in my head for you right now, and there will be a couple more after that. So you will still find some holiday delights here this month.
Again, I am so sorry that I cannot share much of the house with you this season, but I know you will enjoy this Friday’s Christmas in the kitchen post.
And don’t forget about the giveaway of the two cookbooks and the $25 Williams Sonoma gift card. Details can be found here. To enter, just leave a comment here on the blog (not on email) on any/all posts that publish between 12/6/2014 and Saturday 12/13/2014 (only one comment per post please.) It will close at midnight Eastern time on 12/13/14.
I hope to see you back here on Friday morning.
Until next time…