The internet is raging with a fierce debate right now.
ARE YOU DECORATING TOO EARLY FOR THE HOLIDAYS?
I know, I know. It seems a bit trivial with other things going on in the world right now. However, it's a topic that people have clear and passionate opinions about.
There are several year-end holidays coming up very soon. They share a general theme of gratitude, charity, joy, and hope. No matter what holidays you celebrate, you're probably going to decorate or make at least one of them a special occasion. So, how soon is too soon?
In my house, we celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas, but each holiday had a set of "rules" that went along with them. We always went to grandma's house for Thanksgiving, and we weren't allowed to decorate for Christmas until a few days afterward. On Christmas, we weren't allowed to open any gifts until Christmas Day no matter how much we begged to open one little present on Christmas Eve. Sigh. Then, the tree had to stay up until after New Year's and no one was allowed to do laundry on New Year's Day because of a weird Southern superstition. Those were the rules.
As an adult, I've mostly followed the rules out of habit. However, this year I decided to break the rules and decorate early. I know, some of you may be groaning and blaming people like me for ruining the holiday. I've even read reports of early decorators being fined or warned by their HOA's about early decorating until closer to the actual holiday. Bah, humbug!!!
However, a recent study came out showing that people who decorated early for the holidays were happier. Take that naysayers!!!
Every early decorator has their own reason for why they choose to do it. For me, I wanted to tap into the joyous vibe of the holiday season and surround myself with it. I'm not much of an outside decorator, but staring at my tree sure does make me happy! This year, I went with a Candyland theme and my inner child is giddy with joy.
So, if early decorating is your thing, then do what makes your unique little heart happy. Don't worry about what's "appropriate" or what others might think. Don't even be afraid to break the "rules" of society when it comes to decorating. Whatever you decide is ok as long as it brings you happiness and joy. Afterall, isn't that what the holidays urge us to do?
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