Accept it: Christmas Time Is Here…

I recently noticed a trending topic on Facebook last week: Christmas. 30 of my friends posted about Christmas, but only 2 — yes TWO of the Christmas status-updates & pictures were positive. Most of my friends were bitching about how we aren’t supposed to even think about Christmas until after Thanksgiving. 
Really?!? REALLY?! 

Think about it: when did we start decorating and planning for Halloween? October 1st? Um, no. Most of us started our costume planning around Labor Day — or even before. Many of us put up our leaf & pumpkin-themed decorations as soon as we flipped the calendar to the September page, and many of us will keep our fall-themed decor up until Thanksgiving. Why is it ok to start decorating & celebrating Halloween, a holiday I enjoy, but one that basically celebrates greed in all it’s glory, immediately after Labor day, essentially 2 months time (3 if you include the entire month of November), but Christmas just gets December?! 

Christmas: the season for giving & celebrating all things good & holy. Yes, holy! I feel more spiritual and full of love from here on out. Can’t you tell?! Ha! It’s
 not a slap in the face of Thanksgiving — but it’s CHRISTMAS! And to hear people bitching & whining about “No Christmas music until after Thanksgiving!” or “I can’t believe I’m seeing Christmas decorations in the store already, Thanksgiving hasn’t even happened yet.” Why?! Who wrote the rules on this one? What is this “supposed to” even mean? 

I’m supposed to cram all the holiday parties, shopping, crafts, cooking, etc into 30 days — and somehow balance my family’s regular routines & obligations with a smile on my face through it all? Fuck that! 

My Christmas decorating will begin this week! Our Christmas decorations are just too pretty to be boxed up for 11 months, so we keep them up for at least 2 months, and I love it. I’ve already started stashing away Christmas gifts for my daughters. I’ve had our Christmas cards in my possession for weeks. 

This is how I survive. I remain balanced. Happy. More in tune with the holidays. Ready to embrace the spirit of the season instead of stressing out about how the hell I’m going to get it all done. Sure, I’ll still have moments of that. But spreading out the obligations & fun just makes sense.

Look, I LOVE fall with all my heart. In fact, I find September – December to be my favorite time of the year. But once the leaves & temps start crashing, I embrace the Christmas season with my arms wide open. I know my father-in-law especially made a huge deal about playing the Christmas music for the first time once we finished Thanksgiving dinner. 
Yes, traditions are nice, but I believe Thanksgiving & Christmas are related… and we can celebrate both in harmony. Christmastime is just too beautiful a season to only celebrate for 30 days. Geesh, even Catholics give LENT 40 days. Let’s give Christmas a little more time. Please? 

When, why & how do you start celebrating & decorating for Christmas? 

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  1. Posted November 7, 2011 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    I heart you! And AMEN! I love all things Christmas. Heck….my kid was born in March (of ’09) and I was at a loss for songs to sing to him so I pulled out the only songs I know all the words to, Christmas songs. This past Easter he was singing Jingle Bells. Too early for some, I know. And really… the timing was kind off. But I was proud! November 1st I pull out all the Christmas music. I usually wait to decorate till the day after Thanksgiving, but it’s nly becuase I love my turkey decor. Some Christmas gifts have been bought and I am thinking of the perfect card right now. Hopefully the pic will be taken VERY soon. Rock on!

  2. Chrissy Socia
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    I’m with you Kelli!! I LOVE decorating for Christmas, and I want to look at all my pretty lights and things for more than just a couple weeks. That stuff adds up! Yes my house looks like Christmas threw up, but I don’t care. I love the feeling of Christmas, and the kids are just as excited. Its not about the presents for us, its about being together. Our kids are growing up so fast, I want to give them as much magic as I can, for as long as I can. They still believe in Santa, I know they won’t for much longer. You have inspired me Kelli, I am putting up my stuff this week!! The kids will be THRILLED!! 🙂

  3. Posted November 7, 2011 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Thanks, ladies!! It is so true — our kids believe in the magic of Christmas for a blink of an eye — why not go all out and ENJOY it together for a couple months instead of only a few weeks? New traditions rock. Cheers!

  4. Posted November 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    You are too funny! I love this. I am with the less-Christmasy crowd though, and think it should be saved until after Thanksgiving, but I’m not going to shout and whine if everyone else wants to do their holiday thang earlier. We always turn on the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack on Thanksgiving, and that’s when our Christmas season starts.

    It could be because I’m just lazy and decorating and un-decorating at Christmas time just always seems like a lot of work. 😉

  5. Posted November 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    I agree! I don’t know why the timetable for when others are decorating for any holiday would bother someone! Who cares? It doesn’t affect us!

    December 1st, like clockwork, we start decorating. I love this time of year, especially since our little man is really getting into things 🙂 And, I’m going to bake my face off with cute little snowmen cookies and rich desserts! Tis the season! 😉

    Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I was more than happy to pass some recipes along 🙂 Have a great day!

  6. Posted November 7, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    A to the men girl!! I LOVE the Christmas season. And while I do get annoyed by all the commercials and crap on TV that bastardize the holiness of it all I can’t wait to pimp out our house with all the pretty Christmas stuff I’ve got stowed away. I’ve already made all our Christmas lists and have started buying stuff too. The only problem for me? My husband is a total grinch. He hates Christmas and refuses to get a tree before Thanksgiving (we cut down our own cause I need to smell that fresh tree). I’m hoping that as Cedella gets older and our next child comes he’ll see the magic of it all. And since I can’t put up my tree til Thanksgiving it’s usually up until the middle of January. Yep…we’re that family!!

  7. Posted November 7, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    P.S. How was your trip to East Lansing? Sorry I missed you guys…hope we can meet sometime soon!!

  8. Posted November 7, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, ladies!!
    @Jocelyn & Sammie — I can appreciate those that feel the need to wait to decorate — I’m sure you have a valid reason for doing so! *sometimes laziness wins around here too!* I just get annoyed with people bitching & moaning about what we’re “supposed” to do. According to who?! The rebel in me screams WHY, and dammit, I refuse to conform to someone else’s traditions or “standards”.
    Viva Christmas!

  9. Posted November 8, 2011 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    Word! Sounds like you got over your writers block 🙂

    The past few years I have to admit that I have been a bit on the Bah Humbug side…. but that seems to be changing. In ’97 I moved to PA and in with my sister’ family. She had 2 kids and I happily joined in on their family traditions. In April ’07 my sister unexpectedly died. Her kids were still located here but they celebrated with their Dads family. I was dating my hubs at the time but wasn’t involved in his family traditions at that point.

    Now we’re married with 2 kids and the beginning of our OWN traditions. With that, the joy of the holidays is starting to creep back into my life. It’s amazing how kids can sweep the cobwebs out of the shadowed corners of your heart.

    Last year we started a Shop Til You Drop tradition — there are 4 of us renting a 15 passenger van and shopping ALL DAY! The soundtrack has been made and I even put a Countdown App on my phone. Who is this girl?!

    I’m probably going to wait until closer to Thanksgiving to decorate – but may have it done for Turkey Day b/c we started having dinner here. As a matter of fact my parents will be here and we will celebrate a holiday together for the first time in probably 8 or 10 years. I am STOKED!

  10. Posted November 8, 2011 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Wow, Carla… I understand your level of bah-humbug! But that Shop til you drop tradition sounds FUN! Good for you for starting your own traditions. At some point, it’s a must!

  11. Posted November 8, 2011 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    OH dude I am SOOOO with you. I LOVE Christmas!!! It’s my fave time of the year! I just put up my wreath and will put up the tree after dinner on Thanksgiving. That was the tradition in my house. After dinner we’d all go to the living room to decorate the tree. Love it!!

  12. Posted November 8, 2011 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Aww, Eve, thanks – you rock!! Everyone should to do what works best for them… even if that means creating new traditions! Merry merry!

  13. Posted November 8, 2011 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    My decorations go up and the christmas tunes come on NO later than dec 1st and that is me holding back! I love christmas it is such a wonderful time of year.
    This year we are starting (hopefully) a new tradition with our two small children, we are taking them to pick a real christmas tree 🙂 I can’t wait!

  14. Posted November 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    I love Christmas, love the decorations and the music but don’t like starting it out too early. I hate being sick of Christmas music by the time Christmas gets here.

  15. Posted November 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    So exciting about your new traditions, FH — there is nothing like the smell of a real Christmas tree in the house!! And I hear ya, Jessica! There are definitely songs I get sick of by the time January 1st hits — but they are usually ones I hear in stores or on the radio. I have collected some really incredible, jazzy Christmas music over the years, and it’s hard for me to tire of Frank, Ella, Harry, Nat King Cole, etc… my kids could listen to the Peanuts & Muppets Christmas albums year-round.

  16. Posted November 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    My husband is WAAAAAAY into the last minute before celebrating the holiday. In fact I think he’d like it two weeks out. But with us out of town for 3 weeks around the holidays that’s insane!

    Liam’s two favorite lullabies at bedtime are Christmas songs and so I sing them all year round. But, watching his face light up now that they can be heard in stores and other places is truly magical.

    I love watching him fall in love with Christmas this year and so I’ll take him to the Christmas section every day and twice on Sunday if he wants. It’s too magical to wait until December to enjoy it.

  17. Posted November 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Alissa!!! I’m familiar with the mindset of your hubs. My hubs grew up with a father who was VERY traditional about Christmas — music goes on after the last bite of turkey dinner. Christmas tree purchased at Begik’s & decorated on Black Friday… and it all came down on January 2nd. My mother sticks with the Catholic calendar — everything goes up the first sunday of Advent… comes down on Epiphany Sunday. I hate being obligated to stick to such a strict schedule! We’re actually pretty spot-on with decorating around the first snowfall, and I like that tradition because it feels so magical.

    We just got back from looking for Christmas lights, and I was happy we were actually successful. We’re not the only ones anxious to get into the holidays!!! Cheers to you & Liam & your beautiful Christmas spirit!!

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