Yes, I’m one of those people. I like to put up my Christmas tree before Thanksgiving. I can’t help it; decorating just puts me in the holiday spirit. It helps me relax and devote my time to enjoying time with loved ones instead of rushing around to get everything done in time. (Why do we do that to ourselves, anyway?)
Yesterday, decorating for the holiday was my self-care activity for the day. After putting up the tree I began sorting through our decorations, trying to decide which theme to use this year, and I finally settled on white and gold.
But I do understand that not everyone feels the same way about decorating early. When I was at Target buying Christmas cards last week, I overheard an argument in the seasonal aisle. A woman was doing her best to convince a man she was with that they should buy some decorations, but he wasn’t into it. “No, no, no, no, no,” he said firmly. “One holiday at a time!” It startled me. He had raised his voice into a roar that was so loud that it jolted me a little, and I turned my head to see what the commotion was all about.
Some people are evidently a bit more protective of traditions than others. Personally, I want to enjoy the fruits of my labor for a while rather than a few days. The beauty is that we get to create our own holiday traditions when we reach adulthood.
What are your holiday traditions?