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Almost The Holidays! (Or Maybe They Already Started!)

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Whee! It’s that time of year again, when no one seems to agree on when holiday decorations should begin to appear around town.

Stores have started putting out displays earlier and earlier, and inquiring minds want to know: does the sight of holiday decorations going up right after Halloween make you want to scream? Or does it make you want to run for your favorite reindeer sweater and get things started?

Please tell us more, in the comments, about when you like your holiday season to begin and what you do to kick things off!

In any case, soon I will be pulling out the old lights and untangling them…because that could take awhile. 😉

 

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26 thoughts on “Almost The Holidays! (Or Maybe They Already Started!)

  1. Christmas is my favorite time of year. The colors. The songs. The kindness of strangers. Movies.
    Personally, I think things should be kicked off on Black Friday. We need to get over the sugar coma of Halloween. We have plenty of protein in us to counteract the carb coma we get on Thanksgiving.
    This year, Hallmark and Lifetime started Christmas movies a week before Halloween. That’s a little too much.
    What do I do to kick of the holidays? Well, I’m already done with my present shopping (usually done by Halloween). I make a list of what I need to do for the holidays.
    First things first, decorate the Christmas tree
    Elf on the Shelf
    Cookies to neighbors and firemen.
    Wrap presents
    Send out Christmas cards
    Create my Christmas passport
    Write my ‘12 days of Christmas’ or ‘twas the night before Christmas’ parody
    Figure out where I’m putting my village.
    Order my own presents from Amazon, so I am sure to get what I want.

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  2. I do love Christmas lights and general festivity. I’ll admit, I sometimes get a little confused when Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all start crossing lanes. I’m usually a little “late” on each holiday, simply bc I am disorganized. I’m one of those people who leaves their lights up way past Jan. 6th. (We can do that here in NH. Hey, it’s cold, dark, and snowy!)

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  3. I need to clarify my answer. 🙂

    I’m a firm believer in “to each holiday it’s own season.” Which means yes, the sight of Christmas displays in September make me grit my teeth. For heaven’s sake people, we haven’t even done Halloween yet! I play music from my phone through my car, and if a Christmas song comes up in the shuffle, I’ll press next. Too soon.

    HOWEVER. I understand that weather, especially in places that get a lot of snow, can make putting decorations up in December a little…challenging, shall we say. So I completely understand folks who take advantage of a sunny day in October to string up the lights.

    So I suppose my person position is: Put up the decorations whenever you please. I just won’t be plugging them in until the first Sunday in Advent.

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    • That’s a good point about the weather, Liz! And I also agree that whenever anyone *wants* to decorate, that’s the perfect time for them to decorate. The first time I saw a Santa around Halloween, I was like WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING but I’ve become so used to it by now…

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  4. I will start decorating this weekend. Since I am out of town for Thanksgiving every year, I have to get an early start. Especially this year when there is so little time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’ll have more to do when I get back, but I like to have at least started.

    That means I’ve also bought new Christmas lights since some of mine were burning out. So I am thankful stuff is in the stores already. I’ve also looked at some other stuff, but I didn’t buy any of it.

    I am mixing Christmas music into the regular music I have playing on my phone.

    I’m not in full blown Christmas music mode yet, but I’m transitioning.

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  5. I love Xmas decorations but when I saw some in September, I was like, nuh uh. I’m the “right after Thanksgiving” type. I used to be SUCH a big decorations type. I still have a dozen boxes of ornaments and that’s after unloading a dozen boxes! Now I just needlepoint them and don’t buy. But I did make a purchase last year of something I’ve always dreamed of – a revolving tree stand! It’s only for artificial trees, but we’ve had one we’ve been using for 20 years (save the trees!), so it’s perfect.

    Except that last year when I lay down to turn it on before guests came over, I lay down in a puddle of dog pee from our late, incontinent dog, so my guests’ first view when the door opened was not the tree, it was me running by screaming “Sh–t, sh–t!” as I rushed to change my clothes.

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    • 😂 I’m sorry that happened, but it makes for a good story, El! Congratulations on the revolving tree stand, though. I haven’t seen one of those…is it to show all the lights? That would be so cool!

      We always somehow end up with a huge branch gap or otherwise oddly shaped tree and put that part against the wall. (Seriously, we are the worst Tree Picker Outers.)

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  6. Now that I’m in Hawai’i every year at Christmas time, we have Hawaiian-themed decorations. A live Norfolk Pine in a pot for the tree (a tropical pine tree), and a crèche with all the usual characters as well as a tiki and a native Palila bird watching over the baby Jesus. And Mai Tais instead of Old Fashioneds for Christmas cocktails!

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  7. Thank you for taking the poll and chatting about this today! I’m someone who wants Christmas to start the very MINUTE after Thanksgiving is over. But we don’t usually set anything up until mid-December because we’re too busy finishing the semester. Which also explains why we end up with the most Charlie Brown tree every year–that’s all that’s left. Wah wah wah.

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  8. I luuuuuuuurve Christmas! For me, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and I embrace it with a tree jammed with homemade ornaments, inflatable decorations for the yard (including a grumpy-faced Santa I’ve named Noel), and Pinterest-disaster treats for loved ones. I’d start decorating on November 1, but my family makes me wait until after Thanksgiving. The good news? I use this “late” start as an excuse for the fact that I’m behind on everything and running around like a madwoman until the wee hours of December 24th!

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  9. I need to clarify my answer too. I voted for November, because that’s when I expect to see stuff in stores and ads on TV and such. But for us personally, decorating never happened until early December. I think I mentioned recently that when my kids were young they were on year-round school and had their long break from before t-giv until after New years. That meant for a very relaxed holiday season at our house. But now that they’re all on their own, we don’t do much for Christmas. Sometimes we travel (NYC and Santa Fe were fantastic trips), but we only decorate if one of the kids will be here or if we have a party. We don’t even buy gifts anymore. I don’t know anyone who needs one more dang thing. I joke that my gift to my hubs every year is that he doesn’t have to buy me a gift. So, while ads don’t bug me, we’ve taken the commercialism out of the equation for us. I’m not a grinch, though, really I’m not!

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  10. There are some Christmas things I’ll enjoy all year, when the mood strikes: movies, music, and books. I’ve been watching the Christmas movies on the Hallmark channels since they started showing them last month. I don’t mind when stores put the holiday stuff out before Halloween or people decorate early, but I don’t usually decorate until after Thanksgiving.

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