I love staring at this photo. The garlands around the window and the table setting. It all just feels so cozy. And it was the perfect entrance to our office holiday party.
I love decorating both the inside and outside of my office space. Actually, I love decorating the outside of the our office more. I think it's because people don't expect it. Most offices are unassuming, and hidden behind a plain door.
But not ours during our end of the year party!
I share my office with two incredible women. A scientific writer/journalist and a playwright. I really lucked out when I was invited to join the office! Really, the ideas that flow thru the doors are incredible!
One day we'll be talking about the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant spewing radioactive particles, and the next day we'll have a conversation on directing actors for the locally produced play "The Laramie Project."
This past December, my office mates and I decided to throw an end of the year/lets celebrate the holidays/lets just have a party party. I couldn't wait! I'd been slammed with work from the other job, and it was satisfying to distract myself by dreaming up the decorations I'll use for my office space and think about how I wanted to decorate the windows.
I really didn't know what I wanted to do with the windows, though. Last year I knew exactly how I was going to decorate them. And they were up by the beginning of November for the Downtown Greenville Holiday Open House.
But not this year!
Until I sat quietly in my office, in between projects, staring blankly out my window.
Stars! Lots and Lots of Stars!
So one very cold afternoon, I climbed up my 6' ladder, hauled up with me white thumb tacks, fishing line, and scissors and started pinning the stars to the ceiling of our overhang.
I was 3/4 of the way thru when my Faithful Sherpa pulled up. By this time my hands were red from the cold and had literally stopped working. But I still had more stars to pin.
"Here, let me help" he said. Sweet music to my ears.
The response from the town has been incredible. People walk by the office looking up. Traffic slows down as they drive by.
"I love the stars!"
"I feel like I'm walking the red carpet"
"I love watching the stars at night"
"I walk to work each day, and I love walking under your stars!"
So nice to hear that people are noticing this small addition to the holiday spirit!
I know that some people take their Christmas decorations down right after the holidays. We typically put everything away 12 days after, at Epiphany, which this year was Monday January 6th.
But I couldn't handle it. So last Saturday everything came down at the house.
On Monday, when I came into the office, I let my "Fiction" office mate know I was going to take everything down on Tuesday. "Oh I love your stars, and it's really nice to have something up for the Winter season."
During Knit Night that night I mentioned to everyone I was going to take everything down the next day. "Oh we love your stars." "The stars are so beautiful, don't take them down."
So, stars are staying up!
Actually, it really is nice to watch the stars wiggle in the breeze and listen to the tapping on the windows.
If you're in Greenville, be sure to walk under the stars, especially at night, and watch them sparkle. They'll be up until the beginning of March.
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