I had two motivators this year to put up my Christmas decorations early. One was that my oldest grandson was available on Tuesday to help me and the other was that, like last year, Thanksgiving would be later in November. I wanted to avoid the frustration that I had in 2019 when I had to rush into the holidays quickly, trying to decorate and do everything else in fast mode. It was mid-December before I got the decorations done and I felt short-changed on the time I had to enjoy them. I wanted an early start this year and a good attitude for the Christmas season.
While it felt strange on Thanksgiving Day to walk through the living room and see the decorations in all their array, on the Friday afterward it was a good feeling. The lights are plugged in and I’ve already baked 12 dozen cookies. I’m happy.
I’m enjoying the decorations because I know they only come out once a year and then for just a few weeks. They will be packed away, the house will look empty, and in 8 weeks it will be Ash Wednesday (February 17th) and Lent.