I made the executive decision yesterday to decorate our house for Christmas, on November 15th. This is maybe the earliest I have ever decorated, and I’m feeling good about it.
I have referenced (probably ad nauseum, sorry), that things are BUSY right now.
We have like 4 swim meets coming up before Christmas. Asher’s birthday is December 2nd. The garage/ room projects are still….there. Thanksgiving is next week, at my house. (Very small- just basically my parents. And maybe my sister-in-law’s family. So, very low stress. But still- gotta prep, cook, etc.) Holiday cards? (maybe) Present buying/ wrapping.
And then, I have the huge 3 day home hosted swim meet that I am coordinating all the volunteers for on December 17-19. I took some time yesterday morning to work on that (hence no blog post), and at the moment, my rough estimates show I’m sitting at needing around ~250 volunteer positions for the course of the 7 different sessions of the meet.
Which is, a LOT, and also, more concerningly, way more positions than I’m probably going to have families to actually work! So, yeah! Yippee for figuring that out. But it’s okay, because I’m sure most families will jump at the chance to volunteer a bunch of extra hours on the weekend before Christmas. 🤯 (False. They will NOT.)
SO- I looked at the calendar, saw a big “open” Monday evening after school, and I told the boys, “Let’s DO THIS!”
It is early, yes. But you know what? It’s done. (Kind of…minus the tree. And our outdoor decorations.)
When we looked back at pics from last year, to see where everything goes (because I can never remember), I saw our pictures from Thanksgiving last year. Last year I apparently decorated for Christmas on December 1st, after Thanksgiving.
I started to feel a twinge of sadness/ “guilt”…”Oh, the house looked so nice on Thanksgiving with all the fall decor still up…the orange and leaves and pumpkins….Shoot, maybe I should have waited…..”
But then I remembered the tip from the other day: Just because you do something one year, doesn’t mean you always have to do it!
So just because I’m decorating for Christmas early this year (because it will help my future self out), so what?! Doesn’t mean I can’t have a “fall-like” Thanksgiving next year again. Or not! Anything goes. 🙂
Also, I’ve been wanting to mention this book I read last December, right before Christmas:
It’s a complete history of Christmas- the cultural side of it. How did it turn into this crazy, worldwide phenomena of carols, Santa, reindeers, and putting trees inside our homes?? Where did those traditions even come from? What does any of that have to do with Baby Jesus? And was he even born on the 25th??
It’s all in this book! It is a fairly small book and an easy read, and it was soooo interesting to me! I would highly recommend it if you like Christmas and are interested in its roots. Many things were a huge surprise to me, too.
I am grateful that my lighted garland STILL WORKED, because I did not have another to replace it with, and I didn’t want to have to go try and find one.