I will admit that I may have indulged in an eye roll or two when I woke up November 1st to see my Instagram feed full of Christmas trees.
But what about the rest of fall? What about Thanksgiving? What’s the big rush?
We always seem so eager to move on to the next big thing.
It’s not that I don’t love Christmas, or that I don’t love seeing all the beautifully decked out rooms, or even that I haven’t started gathering my own ideas for the upcoming season. I absolutely love having my home decorated with twinkle lights, and red and green, and all the festive cozy touches. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year and I always look forward to it.
But for me, part of what makes the Christmas season so special, is that it’s so brief. I kind of like it that way.
A couple days passed and Christmas fever continued to grow and then I noticed something else happening. People (myself included) started apologizing for posting pictures of pumpkins and leaves and fall décor. As if it was somehow out of line or needed excusing in November. As if it was somehow offensive to still have a pumpkin on the table.
And then a couple more days passed and I noticed something else. People started apologizing and justifying their reasons for posting pictures of their Christmas décor so early. As if posting pictures of pretty Christmas trees and stocking filled mantels could be mistaken as an insult to the people with pumpkins still on their tables.
Social media is such a strange and goofy place. Why are we apologizing for decorating our homes the way we wish? Isn’t there enough room in IG for pumpkins and twinkle lights and fall leaves and red and green plaid? All at the same time?
I couldn’t help but wonder (in my best Carrie Bradshaw voice 😉 ) – is it really the desire and excitement to decorate for Christmas that has us rushing to the season, or is the competitive nature social media tends to ignite the driving force?
The reality is, if I wasn’t on Instagram or didn’t read blogs it probably wouldn’t even occur to me to start my holiday decorating before Thanksgiving – my family’s tradition has always been to decorate the weekend after – but having been flooded with all the Christmas posts for the past week or so, I too, have been feeling the push to decorate early. Not because I want to, but because I feel the pressure to keep up with the masses and because I feel like that’s what people want to see.
Pumpkins are like so last month, right?
It’s true, my initial reaction to seeing so many Christmas trees so early may have been mild irritation, but I got over that pretty quickly. Everyone has their reason for decorating what, when, and how they like. Some start early in hopes to help you get the inspiration wheels turning ahead of time. Some want to get the work – because let’s face it, this season of decorating can be a lot of work – out of the way so they can kick back and really enjoy the time with their families. And others just want to get that tree up because they truly love the way it makes their home feel and can’t get enough.
And if you ask me, there is no shame in any of it. None at all.
Just like there is no shame in rocking those pumpkins for a few more weeks – which is what I’ll be doing by the way.
Whether your Christmas tree is up on November 1st or if your pumpkins are flanking your front door until December – the only person that needs to be happy with it is you. No apologies necessary.
So how do you feel about the “new normal” in getting those Christmas decorations up so early? All about it or not quite yet?