Decorating Day

We decorated early this year. I mean early. The day after Halloween I strung a few strands of lights around the living room. Jess, my daughter, is typically very anti-Christmas decor UNTIL after Thanksgiving. We had had Halloween lights up around the living room. Since, I have been getting a lot of headaches the softer light was often used at night instead of the bright overhead light. Jess declared that she liked the lights up. Wyatt and I really thought that she would want them taken down. About a week later I strung red ribbons with bells over the two living room doorways. A few days after that, I set out two candy jars filled with peppermints on the ottoman in the living room. That was it, I wasn’t going to do anything else until after our family had our Thanksgiving dinner. Usually we decorate the day after our Thanksgiving. Some years that is the actual day after Thanksgiving and other years it is the weekend before, it all depends on when Wyatt will be home. On Thursday November 11th I was doing some deep cleaning to get ready for the holidays and I made a giant mess in the living room which I had just cleaned a few days before. So when I picked Jessica up from work that night Wyatt told her “Just wait until you see what Mom did!” He was referring to the massive piles of books and DVDs that were scattered all over the living room floor.

Jessica looked at us both and said “You decorated for Christmas, didn’t you?”

“No,”

Jessica replied, “Because if you did, I don’t care anymore.” I asked her why she didn’t care and her answer was that she was just in the Christmas mood. So it was ok with her if we did decorate early as long as we waited for her to do the decorating. The past few months have been a little difficult for our family, with us not knowing where Quinlan is or if he is alright. Then Jess hasn’t been feeling well, she started some new meds to see if that will help her to feel better but it will take some time for these shots to kick in. My anxiety and panic attacks have been a near daily thing in the past few months. Jessica had just decided that perhaps we needed the cheerfulness that the Christmas decorations bring. So we decided that we would move Decorating Day up to Monday November 15. While Jess was at work Wyatt and I got the tree put together, we cleared off a small book case and then filled the bottom shelf with nothing but Christmas books. The second shelf holds our small Nativity, the first shelf has a Western Christmas village (there are not many pieces there as we had just received a few as a gift), and the top of the book case holds snowglobes. When Jess came home from work we spent the evening decorating the tree then we all snuggled on the sofa under blankets to watch Curious George A Very Monkey Christmas. Normally on decorating day we would watch White Christmas but we decided to save that movie for actual Thanksgiving weekend. Wyatt and Jessica each got their decorating day gift of a new musical snowglobe to put in their bedrooms.

We didn’t finish all of the decorating. We still need to move the books out of the secretary so that I can put my other Christmas village there. We need to hang the stockings, we were talking about hanging paper snowflakes or stars from the ceilings. There are a few Christmas sewing projects that we would like to get done so we can have some table runners, and things like that to use. Paper angels are on the list to be made as well as yarn Christmas trees. So there is still plenty left to do but it felt so odd to have the house partly decorated before we even had our Thanksgiving dinner. But it was the right move for our family this year. It cheered us up to see the lights and the decorations. We’ve had several cozy movie nights since we decorated and one night of ornament making. We’ll have more. We’ll have our special nights throughout the season. Grinch night, Polar Express night, classic Christmas night, and Christmas paint party nights will all take place between now and the end of the year.

I know there are people who think decorating before Thanksgiving is too soon. I also know people who think decorating for Christmas before December 1 is too soon. I have even heard people say that Christmas decorations should not be put up until December 15th. For my family, decorating early has been fun.

When do you decorate for Christmas?

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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7 Responses to Decorating Day

  1. Before last year, I was adamant against Christmas before Thanksgiving, but not anymore. We all need cheer and besides, I have been fight against the anti Happy Holiday people for years. “Happy Holidays” meant “Happy EVERY CELEBRATION from Thanksgiving through the New Year”.
    I won’t put my decorations up yet; I used to decorate like crazy when my sons were young. I still kept my scarecrows, and have turned the jack-o’lanterns’ faces to the wall. I have quite a bit of Fall-leaf decor (and a few Pilgrims,but more Indians). I have no problem seeing Christmas trees and lights at houses or hearing carols.
    I wish all of your family health and peace.

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    • I never could understand people who get so upset when someone says “Happy Holidays” as that did include all the holidays.
      We don’t have much for fall decor but we did get some this year when my mom decided that after not using hers for the past three years that it was time to pass it along to someone else. We did keep the scarecrow out on the rocking chair, right next to Wyatt’s stuffed animal.
      I think you’re right, we all do need some cheer during these trying times. I’m sure your place looks nice I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving.

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Every year is different for me. I usually decorate when I have to – like when we’re about to host a Christmas celebration. This year, I might not do anything, because it’s about all I can handle to keep my husband alive and semi-comfortable. One of my daughters is hosting Thanksgiving, and the other one is hosting Christmas, so I don’t feel the need to decorate. I’m glad your decorating day helped you cope, and hope the task of finishing your projects continues to help.

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  3. Jeff Salter says:

    I agree with you that the family should decorate whenever they feel the time is right — all the better if all parties agree on that timing.
    I know your family has been through a lot this past year…, hope and pray things will turn out well for your older son.

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I usually decorate the day after Thanksgiving. It’s really exciting to see the decorations go up.

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