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.

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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Putting Away Christmas

It sometimes feels like the end, but it's not.

It's probably the worst time of the year for those of us who love Christmastime. At least in the days immediately following December 25th, it's still socially acceptable to listen to your favorite Christmas carols, keep your Christmas lights plugged in, and enjoy your tree and decorations.

But, sometime after New Years, the day inevitably comes when the celebration of the Christmas season must give way to the next one. Whether you throw your tree out promptly on January 1st, wait for the official changing of the Christian liturgical season at Epiphany (January 6th), or just take everything down when you have time, there's a definite sadness that accompanies the un-decorating process.

First, there's the sheer amount of work involved in taking everything down and packing it away for next year. It takes time and effort to locate every tiny ornament hidden in the boughs of your Christmas tree, tenderly wrap each fragile figurine in a Nativity set, and untangle the many strands of lights that illuminated your yard all December. We spend hours putting everything away, not to mention vacuuming tree needles and glitter off of the rug.

Once everything is safely stored in the basement or garage, of course, it's guaranteed that we'll find one last decoration that we completely forgot about, meaning that we have to somehow make space for it in one of the already-overstuffed boxes of ornaments and tinsel and lights. It can all be pretty overwhelming.

Christmas teardown is also a reminder of just how much stuff we accumulate, and just how little of it we really need or care about. Now is probably a good time to get rid of some of it so that we'll have less to store, put up, and take down next year, but often in our mourning for the ending of the Christmas season, we find it difficult to part with almost anything. We make mental pacts with ourselves not to buy any more decorations next year, but then immediately break our resolutions when we see the cute little nutcracker ornaments on a great sale a week after Christmas, or when all the new decor begins to appear in stores the following October.

And of course, there's the essential fact that putting away Christmas decorations means the ending of one of the most beautiful, festive, and happy times of the entire year. The decorations in the stores and around town gradually disappear, the number of family gatherings and parties on our calendars begins to dwindle, school and work resume as vacations end. Everyone and everything just seems a bit less jolly as the bleak wintry weather of January sets in.

But even in the face of a long winter devoid of Christmas cheer, there's still hope. There's hope for exciting holidays ahead, like sweet, romantic Valentine's Day or joyous Easter Sunday. There's hope for changes in weather, like potential snowfall and the eventual coming of spring, when the earth will finally come back to life in flowers and birds and trees and EVERYTHING. And for those who celebrate the coming of Christ at Christmas, there's the promise that Immanuel, the presence of God With Us, doesn't go away even when we've put away our manger scenes and stopped listening to O Holy Night.

Before we know it, Christmas will be just around the corner once again, and we'll get to enjoy our favorite holiday traditions and celebrations sooner than we think. Even though lovers of Christmas will never not struggle when Christmastime comes to an end, we can take comfort in the fact that the cycle of the seasons continues, bringing so many other things to enjoy until Christmas comes again.

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The 7 Stages Of Preparing For Christmas As Told By Buddy the Elf

I'm in a store and I'm singing!

Ahhh Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year. Sometimes preparing for Christmas can actually be the most enjoyable part of the holiday season, and no one knows Christmas like Buddy the Elf!

1. Waking up on December 1st and going into full Christmas prep mode.

2. Eating massive amounts of food.

3. Making Christmas plans with your friends.

4. Doing some festive holiday shopping.

5. Getting everyone around you pumped for the big day.

6. Responding to all the 12 year olds out there saying that "Santa isn't real".

7. When you wake up on December 26th and realize there are only 364 days left until Christmas!

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