Santa Didn't Steal Thanksgiving - The Case for (Early) Christmas Decorating
Every year, Christmas sneaks up on us. With retail stores replacing swimsuits with Santas, the holidays appear earlier each year. As I type this on November 3rd, there is a slight chance I’m watching a Hallmark Christmas movie and an even greater chance I’ve listened to Christmas music within the past 48 hours. At least 4 of my friends have shared the same article defending the emotional health benefits of early holiday decorating. And I think it is spot on.
The Christmas Kick-Off
I think several things contribute to early holiday decorating. Personally, I feel Halloween is the start of “the holiday season”, with Thanksgiving and Christmas all falling in line. It is simply a festive time of year, full of opportunities for fun and fellowship and decorating. As we move through these 3 holidays, excitement builds. Stores begin promoting and displaying seasonal items and décor. Sure, you can tell yourself, “I really want that but it’s too early so I’ll come back and get it when it is more seasonally appropriate”. But, inevitably, when you return, the item you waited patiently for is sold out – the more eager holiday decorators grabbed them & you are left broken hearted.
The Seasonal Segway
I have known some to put up a tree and even greenery on a mantle, in October or November, tree only, with lights, adorned with earth tones & fall décor. Following Thanksgiving, you can swap the fall décor for Christmas.
Pre or Post Thanksgiving
For many, the holiday tradition is to put the tree up after cleaning up Thanksgiving dinner, especially if hosting Thanksgiving. I love to go all out and provide an elegant, candlelit meal for my Thanksgiving guests and may not want Christmas red & green tree in the background, competing with pumpkins, pilgrims & cornucopias. However, one of the beauties of today’s holiday home is a huge variety of color options. Many Christmas themes would blend beautifully with Thanksgiving decor. (If you are like me, with more than 1 tree, it is likely one of your trees is Thanksgiving friendly)
Holiday decorating has become such a huge trend over the past few years (from fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc) While I don’t know specific stats on how much each average household spends, I know it’s likely higher than you would think. If you are going to spend all of that money and invest of all that time decorating, you want to enjoy as long as you can.
Deals on Decor
A budget designer myself, I pride myself on stocking up at those 70-90% off after Christmas sales, packing discounted treasures away in hopes of making next year’s holiday home even more festive than the previous. The joy I experience as I unpack and discover things I completely forgot I had just adds to my holiday excitement. Who can blame me for wanting to start this sooner than later?
Given the effort and expense invested in holiday decorating, it is perfectly reasonable to get started early and enjoy it longer. For for those keeping Christ in Christmas, what is wrong in prolonging the celebration? We could all us more of the Christmas spirit so start when you want and enjoy as long as you can.