I love Christmas! I know it’s cliché to say it, but I do. I’m the kind of gal who celebrates every holiday to the fullest. However, for Christmas, I go over the top. For perspective on what I mean, my artificial tree rotates and displays some 500 ornaments. I have collected and been gifted these ornaments over my thirty-something years on this planet. My tree is Hallmark Christmas movie worthy. Decorating for Christmas is a family event in my house but deciding when to do it is a little different this year.
According to a recent study, people who put up Christmas decorations early are happier. And in 2020, we need to grab all the happiness we can with both hands. So, how early is too early to start decorating for Christmas?
Usually, I wait until after American Thanksgiving to start decorating. It seems right that at the very end of November, I start lugging my many, many, plastic tubs up the stairs, to start the daunting task of unpacking, each ornament. However, this year I’m chomping at the bit to decorate for Christmas. Maybe, my need to decorate is because I’ve been home so much and need my house to look different. Or it could be because I have so many great memories associated with Christmas and the decorations remind me of the best of them and that’s very comforting. Whatever the reason, it’s a fun activity my entire family enjoys – especially me and my dad – and I can’t wait to start.
The Decorating for Christmas Early Rationalization
So, I have a rationalization for decorating for Christmas early. I’m going to put my outdoor decorations up first (today actually). We’ve never done a big outdoor display before, but last year an after-Christmas sale changed all that. So, I’m going to use the unseasonably good weather that Ontario, Canada is having as my excuse. This way I can take my time and arrange my display without it being miserably cold. Putting my outdoor decorations up early will make it easier to secure them to the ground, as I won’t have to contend with snow. I mean I still have parsley and onions growing in my repurposed window greenhouse.
I’m not going to be lighting up my display until December though. This way, I can enjoy my outdoor holiday decor for an additional two-ish weeks and not ram the Christmas spirit down the throats of neighbours who may not be quite ready for it. One of my neighbours has already done that but I digress.
Another reason why this is a good idea, is that I won’t be rushed. Usually when I put up our few outdoor decorations, it’s while I’m doing one hundred other Christmas tasks and I give it no more than twenty minutes. This time I get to enjoy the process. It won’t be rushed, and it doesn’t take me away from other things that need to be done. I call that a win, win, win situation!
As for my inside decorations, I’ll definitely start before American Thanksgiving, but I ‘m still working on the logistics because it’s a process. A process I love but a process. Until my indoor decorations are complete, I’ll enjoy Christmas movies and look out at my outdoor display to help keep me in the holiday mood.
When do you normally start decorating for Christmas? Is that changing in 2020? Let us know in the comments below or share any interesting traditions that your family has embraced year after year.
Whenever you decide to start, embrace the joy of the season and happy decorating!