For the first time in 44 years, I began decorating for X-mas prior to the weekend after Thanksgiving. Normally, I would refuse to hang so much as a sprig of pine or hum a holiday tune until the day after Thanksgiving. But this is also the first year we are going away for Thanksgiving, so we will not be hosting a dinner in our home. After some discussion, we agreed we would start the process yesterday and work on it throughout the week. What would normally be a one full weekend process will now be spread out throughout the week.
It was weird to be decorating this early. I’m certainly not in a positive head space right now, let alone in the “holiday spirit,” so it was all very pragmatic and procedural, with very little joy or festivity infused into the process. It wasn’t awful, just not particularly fun.
Be that as it may, it is good to have a jumpstart on it, given our holiday schedule this year. Hopefully the cheer that usually comes with the season will start to seep in eventually.