It is officially mid-December. It is the last week of work before break. My free time seems to be sucked up by frantic searching for the perfect presents for friends and loved ones. My mother, on the other hand, is moving furniture around, planning her cookie baking time and more. The weather has finally turned winter like with colder temperatures and, finally, got some real snow. All signs are there. It is the holiday season.
In my case, the holiday season represents family time, gift giving, yummy baked goods and enjoying festive decorations (at least at other people’s houses). Yes, you read that correctly. There are no Christmas decorations up at my place. I have the two cards I have received up on my entertainment center but that is it. There is no tree or lights. I don’t put up anything and haven’t even attempted in years. When I first moved to Madison, I bought a tiny tree along with some lights and put the few ornaments I have up. But it soon became too much for me. I usually don’t have a lot extra time (ever) but especially when I am working on buying and/or making presents. On top of that, my former cat always knocked it over. Besides, I’m not usually here at my place for the actual day. I can enjoy decorations at my parents’ or at my siblings’. That said, I still have the urge to buy ornaments, especially ones celebrating my favorite band.
This year, I did not see any ornaments available on the official store. There has been in the past. Most recently, there were ones connected to the Paper Gods album cover that you can see below:
I remember when these were available. I thought they were so super cute but they were just out of my price range and I could not justify the cost since I don’t really put up a tree. Previous years had ones, too. I remember gold and black ones. Heck, I even remember ones for Astronaut and Pop Trash. Each and every set called out to me, wanting me to buy and publicly display in some way.
Of course, there are unofficial ornaments, too. I remember years ago when my friend, Lisa, sent me one with a picture of John Taylor on it. If my memory serves me right, I think I created one for Rhonda once upon a time, too. Likewise, she gave me one with confetti from shows in a glass ball. I love all of them.
I have many questions for all the rest of you. Do you own any Duran related ornaments? Are they official ones? Unofficial/homemade? Do you display them on a tree? Do you put them up in between the holiday season? Do you like that they often sell them? Do you think they should always be available? On that note, I’m back to online shopping!