Holiday Conundrum

I am not a decorate early kind of person. In fact, I’m not much of a holiday decorator at all. My sister got that gene. She decorates for every holiday throughout the year, and does the most at Christmas time. In fact, if you’re in her house while she’s decorating and sit still too long, she will wrap you in garland.

Xmas TreeBut this is not my thing. I put up a tree and some stockings and that’s it. Maybe a wreath on the door. But this year seems to be different. The spirit is hitting me early and hard. First, my sister (yes, that enabler mentioned above) sent me a pic of solar powered lights for my new fence. So, of course, I had to go looking for them. They are now draped along the sides of the fence and working beautifully. I think I was the first person in the entire neighborhood to put up any kind of Christmas lights.

Me! It’s so weird.

And then I found a lovely new tree. It’s the perfect height, pre-lit, and really soft. Even better? I got it for ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS OFF. What a bargain?! Since I ordered it online, I thought it would take a while to arrive. Um… no. It’s here. And now I want to put it up. But not before Thanksgiving, right? I mean, I couldn’t do that. I’ve never done that. It’s just not right.

But with the changes in the house, this is the first year I can put the tree in front of the window. And it would look so pretty!

No. I must resist. What do you think? Do you go all out? Do you hate that Christmas infringes on Thanksgiving more and more every year? (For the record, I’m totally against stores being open on T’giving Day!)

17 thoughts on “Holiday Conundrum”

  1. Diana says:

    I am growing to love christmas more and more as I get older. I love the comfort warm glow that Christmas emits. I love the smell of pine, cinnamon, and family. If I could, I’d start decorating, but DH refuses to think of Christmas before Thanksgiving. WHOMP.

  2. Terri says:

    I don’t blame him, Di. I’m usually in the “one holiday at a time!” camp. But my brain has defected this year or something. She’s all “Let’s just put it up now!”

  3. Hellion says:

    Well, since you guys actually already celebrated your Thanksgiving dinner, I suppose you could. You freak. *LOL*

    But being in allure of the season is a good thing. Even if your sister takes it to Martha Stewart levels.

    And you didn’t do it before Halloween was over. You’re doing pretty good actually. *LOL*

  4. Terri says:

    Excellent points! Though I did get the idea to paint and stack the little pumpkins left from Halloween (never cut open) to make them look like a snowman. Saw it on Pinterest, of course. I have plenty of white spray paint. Curious to see if I can make it work.

  5. Who are you and what have you done with the real Terri?

  6. Terri says:

    I know, right? Crazy!

  7. Hope says:

    I say go with the flow. My Dad had that gene and he went way way to the our house was Disney at holiday time. There wasn’t a space without something amazing he put together. He made villages and four large size trains went all through the house. It was pure genius and every year a different theme. And now I have tears in my eyes because starting last year he couldn’t figure out anything. Not how to hang an ornament, a wreath , nothing. He is frustrated this year as he tells my mom and me that he wants to decorate. His dementia has hurt his memory and ability and has taught me to go with the flow . Every year can change so why not? We sent him a DVD of all the years of his massive set ups and my mom said he sits, watches with the biggest smile on his face!

    Decorate or not, do whatever brings you joy !

    1. Terri says:

      Hope, that is such a sweet story. Bittersweet really. Maybe you all could do the decorating for him. Or with him. Might feel even more special.

  8. I’m with Hope — do what brings you joy! THIS year. Previous years, maybe you weren’t into it, but this year you are, so I say go for it! Life is short.

    And, btw, my parents are in the EXACT same boat as you — they ordered a tree, it was delivered early (whoops!), and now they want to put it up. My mom called last night and said she caved, so the tree is now up and lit in the living room, but has no ornaments yet.

    I’m starting to think the whole country is going to start putting up trees on Thanksgiving Day — It’s kind of a nice thing to do when family is all gathered anyway.

  9. Lynnette Dent says:

    Well first let me say thank you for the mention and yes I am proud to be an enabler when it comes to decorating.

    Decorating for Christmas makes me happy and reminds me of Christmases past with Pap Pap and Nanny.

    Now my rule is to always start the day after Thanksgiving. I have no urge to do Black Friday shopping so I decorate instead. However, this year I am considering to start this weekend, at least a little bit of it. I am feeling the urge which in my case is a good thing since I have allot to do.

    Terri I say go for it and start and don’t forget to post pictures.

    Your enabler of a sister. LOL

  10. Jean says:

    I say enjoy your Thanksgiving. On Black Friday, stay home, put up the Christmas tree, make some hot chocolate, boil water and toss in a cinnamon stick for the aroma. There! The season starts….and you haven’t spent anything or faced the onslaught of mega shoppers. 🙂

  11. Terri says:

    The thing about the day after Thanksgiving is that kiddo will be out of town. And I’m not putting it up without her. So it would have to wait until the Monday after at the earliest. I think I’ll make it.

    Heck, I haven’t finished putting the books and knick knacks back on the bookshelves yet from the carpet install. I do have other stuff to finish first!

  12. Terri says:

    Oh, and I never do Black Friday. Though I’m tempted to wait until the day to change cell phone companies, hoping they might have a major deal on both phones and plans.

  13. Sharlene Moore says:

    You could put it up and officially “light” it after Thanksgiving.

  14. Terri says:

    Sharlene, that would drive me even more nuts. If it’s there, it’s on. I LOVE the look of a lit tree.

  15. Irisheyes says:

    I’ve always been a wait til the “right time and place” type of person – follow the rules and all that. But I have to say the older I get the more I’m thinking DO IT NOW! Do whatever you feel now cause time is short and if it brings you joy, definitely do it now! You can never have too much joy!

  16. Terri says:

    That is an excellent point, Irish. And I too find myself less inclined to “stick to the rules” the older I get. Life is too darn short.

    I have a feeling this tree will be shining in the living room before Sunday morning.

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