Here it is.
November 30th and I’m publishing my first Christmas post.
I’ve been reading about Christmas online and in magazines for weeks now so I feel a bit like I’m late to the party.
You’ll still let me join you though, right? 🙂
Growing up, it was my family’s tradition to always decorate for Christmas during Thanksgiving weekend. I can remember so often people wondering why we decorated “so early”.
How times have changed.
These days, waiting until Thanksgiving almost feels too late.
Even though the rest of the world seems to be jumping straight from Halloween to Christmas (and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, if that’s your thing!), I will probably always keep my family’s tradition of waiting until after Thanksgiving to deck the halls – I think part of what makes this season so magical is how briefly we get to enjoy it.
But oh how I love having the house decorated for Christmas.
The twinkling lights of the Christmas tree.
The cozy pillows and throws.
The fresh smell of pine that hits your nose as soon as you enter the door.
Gingerbread baking in the oven (see my favorite recipe here).
Christmas carols humming in the background.
I often have to force myself to turn off the lights of the tree and head upstairs to bed at night – I think I could sit and stare at that tree for hours.
But as lovely and magical and merry as this time of year is – it can also be filled with stress and expectations.
So I have made the decision for a stress-free, no-expectation, enjoyable holiday season.
I kept my holiday decorating simple – I had way too many hooks and holes in the walls last year. It’s surprisingly just as cozy and ended up being half the work. I hope to get pictures taken this weekend to share with you early next week.
Most of my shopping has already been taken care of online. This is a first for me, as I typically prefer to do my shopping out in the stores. I love being in the stores this time of year – everything is so festive! – but I do feel a huge weight lifted at knowing most things will be delivered straight to my door.
And I won’t feel bad if I say no to a holiday invitation or two. I’m a homebody, so having commitments too many nights after work during the week stresses me out.
Which also means that I may be hit or miss on posting here on the blog for the next few weeks. As much as I love blogging with you guys, it can be tough to juggle with a full time work schedule – let alone when there are cards to write and presents to wrap and awesome/awful (and so addicting) Christmas movies to watch on the Hallmark channel. 😉
I have a couple gift guides coming up to hopefully help with some of that holiday shopping, and of course a little Christmas decorating to share – it ended up being a cozy/country/lodge-y vibe this year (similar to what you see here, but not).
Until then, I hope you enjoyed a little look back at last year’s decorating.
Cheers to a beautiful holiday season this year.
Happy Holidays, sweet friends. 🙂