Its Never Too Early For Christmas…

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?

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My youngest belting out Jingle Bells in his elf voice after decorating the tree last year. 

How soon do you decorate/shop? Are there any traditions that go along with that?

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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6 Responses to Its Never Too Early For Christmas…

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    you sound so organized and prepared! That approach to Christmas takes a whole lot more discipline and creativity than I apparently possess. Post some more pix of your place, after you get everything situated.

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    • I’ll post on my free week in November or December after I get decorated. It frees up the Christmas season to just be able to enjoy family time by having all that done ahead of time. It gives more time to enjoy baking cookies and everything with the kids.

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  2. I , too, shop sales all year and when I find something that seems just right, but I don’t wrap them. More on Friday.

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    • I never used to wrap them until last minute but when I am the one taking my kids shopping for my gifts as well as their gifts for each other I found it more fun to wrap right away so I don’t remember what I’m getting. 🙂 I look forward to reading what you post.

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  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    You’re one organized lady! I used to do things pretty much the way you do, but over time my traditions have changed a little.

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  4. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I think a lot of what we do is for the kids in our lives. I used to plan ahead like you do, but that was when my kids were small. I had a lot more energy then, too.

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