Not sure why I agonized so much over this layout, but I did. And the boards were down, I was going nuts. I had a whole request for advice post ready to go (and emailed it to Delia who gave me some feedback (sorry for ignoring it!)
I have a ton of patterned holiday paper, and I felt the need to use it. That's why the tree and Santa strips are used. I have a HUGE stack of seasonal paper that I felt compelled to buy because it was on clearance. Mistake. I doubt I will use a third of it. I suck at using patterned papers. I need to steal some good ideas at incorporating such paper into layouts.
Here's Christmas 2004. I'm not sure how I feel about the ornaments on the left page, but I really didn't know what else to do with them. They looked stupid on the red mat with the tree. I matted the tree strip with red (not sure how well that shows up in the picture) and made the Santa strip a little smaller on the page so it appeared to be matted there too.