How early is too early when it comes to holiday decorating? My oldest son is a traditionalist…. Oct 1st is time to decorate for Halloween and I believe he would prefer his mother to wait at least till Dec 1st to break out the Christmas decorations… I however, thrive on decorating my house on Thanksgiving Day! Sometimes I practice much restraint and manage to wait until the day after Turkey Day but it is with much difficulty…. 🙂
My younger son, however, would have the house decorated for the holidays 365 days a year if I would let him LOL! By the end of August he asks me on a daily basis if it’s time for Halloween. It brings him much joy to help decorate the house and I have to admit seeing him so excited really puts me in the holiday spirit! The first year my oldest went off to college, my youngest asked if we could decorate for Christmas a few days into November…. I thought about it and said why not?? He was lit up like a Christmas tree with his excitement— and it was contagious…. I too, was suddenly in the holiday spirit!
So, the question remains…. How early is too early to decorate? In the beginning of September, my son and I entered a craft supply store. The first aisle we saw had fall/Thanksgiving décor. My first though was, “Thanksgiving? Isn’t this about the time the stores start rolling out Halloween décor??” Although I am a lover of decorating early, I still would never dream of Christmas decorating in September! Yet, this store had 5, YES FIVE aisles of Christmas décor behind the fall stuff…. That’s not even counting the 2 large aisles of Christmas trees they had on display! In. September. Oh my, even me, the person all my friends and family knows likes to decorate early, even I felt this was just too early… Boo, however, smiled so bright Santa could see it from the North Pole! He took a deep breath and sighed, “Oh Mama!!!! Christmas is HERE!!!!”
So although we looked at every Christmas trinket they had to sell , and Boo gazed with happiness at the zillion Christmas lights twinkling in our mist, we restrained from buying anything… We returned home and went about our day.
Today however, we did decorate for Halloween—10 days before October 1st. Too early for some, I’m sure, but just right for us… Boo was so excited to get out our box of Halloween stuff and we had a great time laughing and giggling as we transformed our house into Halloween Central…
We all have different traditions when it comes to decorating for the holidays, but no matter how or when you get into the holiday spirit is up to you. I’d love to hear how or when your own families get into the holiday spirit!