I have a friend that begins decorating for Christmas on Veteran's Day. She works so she does a little decorating each day (and she has a lot of decorations inside and outside) up early in December.
Last week we waited in the car while Ram went to a door to drop something off. The Lambs commented that it was strange that they had both fall and Christmas decorations up at the same time outside their house. I answered that sometimes that was necessary in MN where people don't want to put their outside decorations up in winter weather. Other than that, I agreed with the Lambs that it was strange.
We were at Costco in September and they already had Christmas decorations for sale. The Lambs couldn't figure out what Saint Nick was doing at Costco in September.
Our local early childhood group is having their Christmas party on November 30. I plan to take the Lambs, but I'm sure I will have a difficult time being in the Christmas mood especially to sing Christmas songs that early.
My family waited until the end of Advent to put our Christmas tree up when I was growing up. We tried to wait until Christmas Eve, but sometimes because of my dad's schedule as a pastor we did it a few days before Christmas Eve. Some years it was difficult to find a live tree that was still alive by waiting that long. Some years if we needed new lights they were already 75% off by then. We would then leave our tree up for the 12 days of Christmas and celebrate Epiphany before we took it down.
Please enjoy Thanksgiving with your family instead of worrying about Christmas already. Just because the world starts selling decorations for Christmas in September and starts decorating for Christmas before Halloween, please don't get stressed if you don't have your decorations up the day after Thanksgiving. Your children will have memories of Christmas whether the tree is decorated for 24 days before Christmas or just one day. Remember that you do not have to take the tree down the day after Christmas either. We often take photos of the Lambs in their Christmas outfits in front of the tree in January, not during Christmas week when Ram is so busy with church services.
Please remember to keep Christ in Christmas. Take some time for prayer and personal devotions during this busy time of the year. If your church has midweek Advent services, be sure to attend all of them, not make an excuse that you are too busy. That is more important than Christmas decorations. I want my Lambs to have memories of the fun things we do during the Christmas season, not a stressed out mom because I rushed to Christmas and forgot about Advent.