This week we’re talking about how early we start decorating/shopping for the holidays. I love the holidays! Its such a cheerful time of year, people seem to be in better spirits (unless you work in retail then some people can be downright rude to you), the house always smells amazing, snow is falling softly putting a calm over the world. Things just slow down.
Those who know me well wouldn’t be surprised to find out that I started my Christmas shopping last December! That’s right, a few days after Christmas I started scouring the shelves for items I knew would be wanted. I purchased several items for my daughter that I knew she would love. I found a few things for my sons, my sister, and my parents! I shop all year, I don’t spend a lot of money on Christmas but you wouldn’t know that by looking under our tree. I shop clearance racks all year long. Not only do I shop all year but I wrap the gifts as I go. I have a nice little stack of wrapped gifts hidden away. When Christmas morning rolls around there are times when I am completely surprised at what the kids have because I may have purchased it back in February and forgotten all about it! My Christmas shopping will be done by the first week of November (we draw the Secret Santa names at the end of October).
Just last week I began to purchase things for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Its rapidly approaching and I hate to buy everything all at once. The items that can be purchased ahead of time will be. I like to hit the sales and use coupons when I can. We have a large freezer and I like to keep that stocked well before winter.
I don’t decorate my house for Thanksgiving. I know many people do and I always think it looks so nice but I just don’t do it. Maybe someday I might but right now that’s not for me. We used to decorate for Christmas on my birthday December 1 (or the Friday nearest), it was like a little party for me. I love decorating for Christmas. However, when my youngest started going to see his dad some weekends out of the month he wasn’t always home for my birthday so we started decorating the day after Thanksgiving dinner. Some years, that is the day after Thanksgiving. Other years it is earlier in November. This year it will be toward the middle of November as that it when I will have all my kids home so we’ll do Thanksgiving early. I don’t overly decorate my house. We don’t do the outside of the house. We decorate our tree, put out a few snow globes, hang the stockings, set out some candy dishes filled with peppermints. A pillow or two for the sofas in the living room. There are a few angels and a few Christmas village pieces I have gathered throughout the years. This year I have a nativity that will be going out. My sister made it for me when she found out I didn’t have one and I absolutely love it! The soft glow of the Christmas lights is so relaxing. After we spend the day decorating we get out the elf microphone and sing Christmas carols in an elfish voice. We spend so much time giggling at how silly we sound. Then its a nice Christmas movie and cup of hot chocolate. With many similar nights like that to follow leading up to Christmas. Why wouldn’t I want to kick all that off a little earlier in the season?
How soon do you decorate/shop? Are there any traditions that go along with that?