10 Reasons Why I Decorated For Christmas Early This Year

10 Reasons Why I Decorated For Christmas Early This Year

You make think lights and ornaments in early November is obnoxious and too soon, but I think it's smart and here's 10 reasons why.
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So, ever since I was young, I was always taught that you did not decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. However, this year I decided to switch things up a bit.

Since before Halloween, I could not go into Micheal's, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, Target or any other store for that matter without seeing snowmen, Christmas tress, ornaments, or candy canes. So, since Corporate America seems to be in the holiday mood, why shouldn't I be?

With everything negative going on in the world, everyone could use a little Christmas cheer. Politics dividing the nation, wars going on all over the world, etc. Everyone could use something to believe in, and what's better than Christmas?

Every time you turn on the TV there are Hallmark Christmas movies, and every time you turn the radio on, jingle bells and silent night stream through the sound waves. You can try to ignore it, but holiday cheer is in our cars and living rooms and we can't deny it.

If we go ahead and get decorating out of the way, that's less to do in the month of December. We all know December consists of exams, visiting family, traveling and food, so we will have more time to do these things if we go and get the tree up and the stockings up.

I am a planner, so I typically start shopping for Christmas presents in October. I know it's early, but being a college student on a budget, I have to space it out. Since I am already Christmas shopping, why not go ahead and decorate to help further motivate me?

To go along with buying presents early, you have to have somewhere to put all of the wrapped presents as you buy them, so why not go ahead and have your Christmas tree up so you can put them under it and not have to move them around.

When I put out Christmas decorations, I usually dust and vacuum the house as well. With the house clean and the pretty lights and decorations out, the house always looks so much better when we have guests over for the Thanksgiving holidays.

Decorating for Christmas usually takes a while and is a pretty thorough process. Why would you want to put in all that work and then only leave the decorations up for a little over a month. Having them up from the beginning of November to after New Year's makes me feel a little better about the amount of work that goes into putting them up and taking them down.

Although I love Thanksgiving, there really is no way to decorate for it. I mean sure you can set a cornucopia on your dining room table and put a few turkey or pilgrim figurines out, but you just can't decorate for Thanksgiving like you can for Halloween or Christmas, so you're really not taking away from the holiday.

Christmas is infectious. It's the one time of year that you can be obnoxiously jolly, and no one can say anything to you because you can always fire back with "Grinch!" or "Scrooge!"

Why not embrace the holiday spirit and celebrate this jolly time a little early? After all, it only happens once a year. If you don't, you will be hurriedly throwing up a tree and stockings, while I curl up watching Elf with my Christmas sock and hot chocolate, looking at my already decorated house.

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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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Forget Halloween, Christmas Time Is The Season We Should All Be Getting Ready For

Everyone is spending their time getting spooky, but I'm spending my time getting ready to be merry.

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If you were to ask me what my favorite time of year is, I would say, without a doubt, my favorite time of year is Christmas time. It's a beautiful way to remember Jesus' birth, there are so much joy and happiness in the air, and it's so much fun to give people presents! With all the fun times that await me every December, it's almost impossible to wait for all of it to happen.

My solution to this problem? I don't wait!

When June rolls around, I already start preparing for Christmas. I know, that sounds a little bit crazy. Okay, maybe a lot crazy. But I go all out for my Christmas decorations and presents, so I need to start early!

This year, and I'm not kidding here, I started my shopping for Christmas presents for my family and friends in August. I plan out where my decorations are going to go in my dorm and in my house. And, when I need the occasional dose of cheer in my life, I'll blast my Spotify Christmas playlist, even when the Arizona sun is blazing outside and there's not even the slightest hint of winter.

Now that Halloween is just around the corner, my anticipation for Christmas has tripled. We're only two months away!

It's nearly in sight! If I'm being completely honest, my patience is starting to wear out. Not only am I excited for the Christmas season itself to start, but I'm also ready for the semester to be over. Christmastime means that I don't have to work on papers and take exams anymore, and I get to spend my time relaxing and enjoying the happiness of the season with my family and friends.

I'll get to remember the beautiful story of Jesus coming down to Earth to ultimately trade His life for ours. I'll get to spend nights decorating the Christmas tree, blasting Christmas music, watching Christmas specials, and eating way more cookies and candy than any human being should. I get to wake up Christmas morning with a feeling of anticipation knowing that, for twenty-four whole hours, I will get to fully immerse myself in the happiness of Christmas and the joy it brings to my whole family.

Yes, Halloween is great. My friends and I have a trio costume planned for this year, I love eating obscene amounts of candy, and I enjoy the rush of adrenaline that comes with getting scared. But Halloween doesn't fill me with the warm and fuzzy feeling that only Christmas can. I can spend my nights watching Sam and Dean Winchester as they fight monsters all across the Midwest, but that can never replace the happiness I feel as I watch Scott Calvin take up the mantle of Santa Claus (that's my favorite Christmas movie, by the way). Halloween is a time of monsters and fear, but Christmas is a time of God's blessings, hope, and joy, and I'd much rather take that over a pillowcase full of candy.

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