Why I Won't Apologize for My Early Christmas Decorating.
First, let me start by saying that I apologize for everything. You step on my foot, surely it was my fault for standing in your way. But this year I decided that I’m not at all apologetic about my love for Christmas! It is my absolute favorite time of year and I savor every aspect of it. The lights, music, food, shopping, wrapping… I could go on and on. My favorite movies are Elf, Home Alone, Home Alone 2, and Christmas Vacation. These are not my favorite Christmas movies, these are my favorite movies period.
As soon as Halloween is over I am in full Christmas mode. This past weekend I packed up my fall decor and got all things Christmas down. This is the earliest I have ever done that, and the tree isn’t up yet, but it will be soon. What I’ve realized is that life is too short not to spend it surrounded in things that make you happy! As long as you aren’t hurting anyone, why do we get offended by people doing things that bring them joy? I certainly don’t judge anyone for waiting until after Thanksgiving to decorate!
To people who say I’m rushing the season, I disagree. I’m stretching my favorite time of year out as long as possible. I don’t skip Thanksgiving, I just don’t host it at my house. This vegetarian is not fond of handling a massive bird, but I will gladly come over and eat all of the stuffing, mashed potatoes and pie. I couldn't care less if your mantle is adorned with stockings or pumpkins, the day is about togetherness and I will enjoy my time with my family.
And the weekend after Thanksgiving I won’t be wrestling heavy totes out of the attic or cursing out my tangled Christmas lights, I will be relaxing in front of my tree (that’s already been up for 2 weeks!) and starting on some of our favorite holiday traditions. Our oldest is a freshman (and her sister is just 2 years behind her). That means we are only guaranteed to have her at home 4 more Christmases. I hope that we will always spend Christmas together, even after the girls are on their own and starting their own families, but nothing is guaranteed. I want as much time possible to celebrate our favorite Christmas traditions these next 4 years. Because after that one will be away at college, and yes she will come home for Christmas, but our time will be limited and she will want to visit with old friends and so many other things.
So next time you are in a store and they are already playing Christmas music, or you see a friend post their decorated tree on Facebook and your first instinct is to roll your eyes, just try to remember that it’s making someone happy. And in a world that’s filled with so much negativity and hate isn’t that worth something?