*This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot. I have partnered with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. for this post. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own.*
There seems to be great debate out there about Christmas decorating. Frankly, I’m shocked at how vehement people get when discussing this ‘issue’. And, I’m perplexed as to why it’s an issue at all.
You see, everyone seems to have strong opinions when it comes to whether or not it should be acceptable to hang even one single strand of tinsel until after Thanksgiving.
And all I have to say is, I don’t get it. Granted, I’m a blogger and we work ahead of the season to try and bring ideas and inspiration to you in time for you to maybe implement them in your own home. But, even though it’s part of my job to decorate early, I simply like starting before Thanksgiving. It doesn’t make me any less thankful on that day and no one in my family has ever gotten the two holidays confused.
It takes me a long time to decorate for Christmas and I want to enjoy it, not rush through it. I want to be able to do a little bit each day so that by the time December 1 arrives, I can simply sit back with my cup of coffee and look at those twinkling lights knowing that all I have to do is enjoy the season ahead because the decorating is already done.
And this year, I got a little bit of a push when I was asked if I would be willing to incorporate some of the new pieces from the Martha Stewart Living Holiday Collection at The Home Depot.
I selected pieces from the Winter’s Wonder collection and they are a beautiful combination of glam meets vintage style.
The Champagne Berries Wreath looks perfect hanging on the mirror in my entry and I love how the glittery tones of the berries pick up the light and make it look like it’s sparkling.
The Winter’s Wonder gold standing and sitting reindeer are so beautiful with their varying color tones and glittery antlers.
And I have to tell you that this is hands down the most lovely boxed set of ornaments I have ever seen. They are all hand-blown glass and each has it’s own unique design.
I’ve always wanted to try out having a little tree in my entry so this was the perfect opportunity. My husband told me that pretty much all that’s left is having Christmas trees in our bathrooms. I told him to just wait! 😉
Aren’t these just gorgeous?
This next one is my most favorite of them all!
Our homes are such a reflection of who we are. And at this time in my life, who I am is a very busy wife and mother who is writing a book, running a business, shuttling kids to and fro and just hoping that I can get a shower each day. So, I say that if decorating for Christmas a little bit early makes me happy and helps me in the long run, then why shouldn’t I get to do that without being met with protests?
And, who am I kidding? On a wet and blustery day here in Oregon, putting up a few Christmas decorations here and there lifts my spirits. What can be wrong about that?
So, whether you are a ‘die hard will not decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving’ person or a ‘the moment the last trick-or-treater comes to your door on Halloween you are breaking out your Christmas decorations’ person, let’s all choose to put an end to the great Christmas Decorating Debate.
After all, shouldn’t this be the season when we focus on more important things? Like our many blessings and all of the things for which we are thankful?
I count this wonderful community here At the Picket Fence among my many blessings because I know that no matter how early I start decorating for Christmas you will be supportive and encouraging, right? 😉