I know, I know. I realize it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. Honestly, I do. I know that sometimes that wonderful day of thanks gets lost in the shuffle between Halloween and Christmas. I know that we all need to slow down and truly appreciate each holiday as it comes. And I really am thankful and I really do enjoy Thanksgiving. Really!
But, here’s the thing…deep breath…I can do this….I can come right out and say this…
I decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving. Like waaaaayyy before.
Please don’t throw a turkey at me! 😉
There are several reasons for this. One, I’m a blogger and in blogger-land we are working a season ahead to try and bring you ideas and inspiration that you can incorporate in your own home whenever you decide to start your own decorating.
Two, it takes a LONG time to get it all done. I mean, between all of the other daily craziness going on in my world, getting these halls decked just requires a good chunk of time. Frankly, it feels soooooo good to have it all done before Thanksgiving so that I can go into the Christmas season knowing that I can simply focus on the things that really matter and not worry about garlands and untangling that ball of light strands.
Of course, this year, I had a little bit of extra motivation to get started when a big box arrived from Balsam Hill. And after pulling out this gorgeous Magnolia Leaf Garland I couldn’t resist the urge to start decorating my mantel. I cannot even explain to you how realistic this thing is! The Balsam Hill catalog even provided the inspiration for the top of the mantel and I scored these beautiful old bottles at a local antique store.
Combined with battery powered candles they give off the most gorgeous glow.
Now, I haven’t gotten around to decorating my banister yet because I plan to use fresh greenery this year but I will definitely be adding this Magnolia Leaf teardrop .
And this battery operated tabletop tree is so perfect in our upstairs hallway next to the paper Advent houses that were mine when I was a little girl. Opening the doors and windows are definitely a highlight each year!
And, ok, so since I’m all about transparency, I guess I might as well go head and come out with the rest of it.
You see, the thing is, I just really LOVE Christmas. And decorating my house early just makes me feel good.
This time of the year when the days are shorter and it’s cold and dreary, heading into the attic and pulling out those familiar boxes filled with treasured pieces is simply good for my soul.
And hearing the beautiful strands of Christmas carols when the rain is pouring outside is so comforting and uplifting that who can blame me if I feel the urge to break out my CD’s the week before Halloween.
Don’t throw a turkey at me. 😉
How about when it comes to decorating for Christmas we all just take an ‘I’m ok, you’re ok’ approach?
Because, at the end of the day, all of us who love Christmas are kindred spirits anyway, right?
And we kindred spirits know better than to throw turkeys at each other!
Happy Saturday sweet friends,
*discolsure: I’m partnering with Balsam Hill this holiday season but all opinions are 100% my own*