Expressing Meaning in Your Theme
Christmas is a time to remember all the wonderful things we have in our lives. The bathroom is a room that some people tend to neglect when decorating for the Christmas season.
Yet the bathroom is not a static place, life happens and moods change from season to season, so why not celebrate that change by dressing up your bathroom with a theme that has been around for two thousand years, Jesus in a manger, surrounded by the Three Wise Men.
While this is a more formal Christmas theme, it can still be fun to decorate. Christmas is a special birthday party for the baby Jesus; the most important part is to help your family remember the true meaning behind it all.
For this theme you are trying to create a warm, cozy, and safe feeling almost as if you were spending Christmas on the farm or a special cabin tucked away in the woods. Most of the items should be made of natural materials such as wood, stone or precious metals or have an old antiquity feel to them.
Images that come to mind are: Angels, colors such as browns, white and earthy colors, oil lamps, white, yellow, gold or red candles, sheep, cows and donkeys.
Shepard’s, a pasture, a lamb, Shepard’s staff, stars, the holy trinity, the holy star of Bethlehem, the last supper pictures, pictures of Jesus and his disciples, flowing robes, boats and fishermen, church, lanterns, a cross, bible, twig wreath, carpenter’s drinking cup, bread and wine.
Gold candle sticks with white candles, ancient looking wine jars (pottery) with the wide bottoms small handles and small pouring spout, poinsettias in canning jars and dove motifs hanging from the ceiling and walls.
Books or bottom of jars wrapped in canvas, leather or tarp like fabric and tied with a string or string bows. Parched paper wrapped up like scrolls and tied with red or gold string bows, O little town of Bethlehem miniature town set.
Figurines of Jesus, Joseph, Mary and the Three Wise Men as well as Gold, Frankincense and Mirth or a bowl of decorative festive nuts in glass containers. Hark the Herald Angles Sing, Away in a Manger and What Child is This are great inspiring Christmas tunes.
Examples of things you can do include: Set up a display of gold wine glasses with unleavened bread by the window or on the toilet tank. Or set up a display of an ancient horn with plastic fruit coming out of it on a red cloth in a display area or on the toilet tank or window sill.
More Festive Ideas to Bring in the Season
Create an inspired barn stall by cutting small rough bark trees in half and put along the walls held together with wire and propped up against the wall by strategically placed screws and wire; this display can be placed around the vanity or toilet area.
Remember to keep all candles out of the reach of small children and away from flammable objects.
Set up a display of Jesus, Joseph, Mary and the Three Wise Men on the toilet tank or window sill. Dove or Angel cut outs can be placed around the mirror or hanging from the ceiling or even in the window.
Set up a display of old antiquity jars and pottery from ancient times with offerings of rice and barley and olive oil in jars with sprigs of pine or other garnishes in them. Place a doll in a manger surrounded by natural garnishes (pine, twigs etc.) and display on toilet tank or window sill.
Put White Christmas lights around the mirror, bathroom door or windows or a large shiny star hanging from the ceiling, in the window or smaller stars adorning the toilet tank or around the mirror.
Set up a winter display of a small town with a church as the central building. How about making your toilet into a lamb by placing wool around it and cut out a face on the bowl with craft paper or washable paint, make your tub into a cow by placing black circles or cut out card on it.
If this is going to be a temporary display then make your sink or tub into a manger. Put large cut outs (or pictures) of Jesus, Shepard’s or the Three Wise Men on the bathroom door or walls of your bathroom.
Put a wreath with a picture of Jesus on the inside or outside of the bathroom door. You can even get soap dishes or pumps with Christian images on them. How about placing tall straw in a glass vase? Spice scented candles in the room can also add a festive feel to your bathroom. Set up a display of scrolls, holly and candles; be inspired!
Christmas is not about money and how many presents you got, it is about spending time with loved ones, friends and family and remembering why we have this holiday in the first place.
We should be thankful for what we have and not what we don’t have. The holidays are supposed to be fun for the whole family so why not get everyone involved in decorating your bathroom. And remember don’t spend more money than you have; worrying about how you’re going to pay for your extravagance can ruin the Christmas spirit.
Have a Happy Holiday and God bless!