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 enjoy spending time with my loved ones instead of fretting over how I’m going to get everything done in time. (Why do we do that to ourselves, anyway?)
Yesterday, decorating was my self-care activity for the day. After putting up the tree I began sorting through my 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 the 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 actually. 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.
The moment I entered adulthood, on the other hand, I decided to create some of my own holiday traditions. And putting up the tree early is one of them.
What are your holiday traditions?