Friday, November 13, 2015

Is It Wrong To Decorate For Christmas Before Thanksgiving? Does It Matter?

Today, 13 days into November, I'm asking myself the same question I've been asking myself every day this month - "Is it too early to start decorating for Christmas?" Each day I've come to the same conclusion - yes. 

I'm filled with excited anticipation of decorating day. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed my Halloween decorations and am still enjoying my Thanksgiving decorations but fall decor just can't compare to Christmas decor. For one thing, my Halloween and Thanksgiving stuff all fits into one smallish plastic tub, whereas I have 7 big tubs full of Christmas decor stuff. Another thing Christmas has over fall - twinkling lights. They are everywhere - on the trees, garland, wreathes, inside and outside. That's pretty hard to compete with.

I've always forced myself to wait until Thanksgiving to decorate but this year I'm actually considering decorating the weekend before. I blame retail Christmas creep. I've already been looking at wonderful Christmas items in stores since August. By now, almost every store has big holiday displays and even festive music. It's hard not to excited about decorating at home. Still, there is some small practical part of me that thinks waiting until Thanksgiving is the proper thing to do. 

Somehow this year proper seems a little less important. I love Christmas decorations. Why shouldn't I be able to put them up next weekend if that's what I want to do? It's not like I'm trying to decorate in September. Do any of you decorate before Thanksgiving?


  1. I say, do what bring you joy! I'm leaving on Thanksgiving for a couple weeks, so I'm trying to decide whether to decorate before the trip, after, or let hubby do while I'm gone (he did it last year to surprise me, and he did an amazing job).

    1. Sounds like your husband is pretty amazing :) Have a fun and safe trip Jamie.

  2. If it brings you happiness and joy, why not? I think the weekend before is pretty close!!!!! We wait until the day after thanksgiving. That is as long as I can wait. Although I don't have a lot of decorations like I did when my mother was alive. I put up a small tree with lights in the living room and I love it. I don't put ornaments on it because my doggie would chew them and I would be upset as most of my ornaments are special to me. When she is older, I may bring them out and use the big tree but for now the little tree works.


  3. Do it! Blend the decorations, even! I'm thinking of getting my stuff out too, this year has gone by so fast, I want to enjoy the last bit of it while it lasts.

  4. Thanks for all the encouragement ladies :) I'm going to go ahead and do it next weekend.