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.

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2 Responses to Holidaze

  1. Mark in DE says:

    While we’ve not yet begun decorating, we have 95% of our gift shopping done, and its not even Thanksgiving yet. This is highly unusual for us, but is due mostly to online shopping. We will decorate for Christmas on the Sun after Thanksgiving, and will host a tree trimming party on 12/6. I’m feeling the spirit of the holidays much earlier than usual this year. I hope you will get into the spirit and enjoy the season too.

  2. javabear says:

    I hope that a genuine cheerfulness catches up to you soon. Happy holidays!

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