I have read so many negatives posts lately about how it’s terrible that we skip straight from Halloween to Christmas. It’s true. Stores reposition merchandise literally overnight, Christmas music becomes socially acceptable November 1st and the shopping sales begin almost immediately. In the past, I have always decorated for Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving. However, this year, my decorations went up a few days after Halloween and I couldn’t be happier. Here’s why I’m decorating for Christmas early.
It’s the Busiest Time of the Year
This time of the year is SO BUSY. For me personally, November includes my wedding anniversary on the 11th and my birthday on the 21st. Throw in Thanksgiving and the month flies by. December isn’t any less hectic. There are parades, parties, shopping, events, plays and the list goes on and on. In the past, when waiting to decorate, I have always felt like I never had time to actually enjoy my Christmas decorations. It always fells so rushed. I’m excited this year to take the extra few weeks to really savor it.
I Love Christmas
I have so much Christmas stuff. Stored in my tiny two bedroom condo, I have one bin of fall decor, one bin for Halloween and THREE bins of Christmas decorations. I absolutely adore this time of the year and decorating my home is a fun way to celebrate. I love the joyous feeling of twinkling lights and festive garland. Not to mention all the cute throw pillows (I just can’t get enough).
Time to Savor Thanksgiving
A lot of people argue that we ‘skip’ Thanksgiving by jump starting the Christmas festivities. But I disagree. In fact, decorating for Christmas early allows you to actually enjoy it. Instead of stressing about decorating the house right after cleaning up a huge meal, you can spend that time with family, savoring the Thanksgiving holiday (and preparing tactics for Black Friday shopping). I love Thanksgiving too and all the traditions that come along with it. Decorating for Christmas before the holiday doesn’t change that. We do buy a ‘real’ tree so that doesn’t go up until the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Christmas Time is Here
In my house, Christmas has arrived, with the exception of a tree since we always buy a fresh cut one. Despite 75 degree weather, we’re enjoying listening to holiday music, watching Christmas movies and marveling in all the splendor of the most wonderful time of the year.