I normally am *not* the proverbial slacker when it comes to Christmas – well, at least not a slacker in the decorations department! The weekend after Thanksgiving has always been the start of the Christmas season for my family for as long as I can remember. My mom would begin pulling out all of the Christmas decorations and tree trimming paraphernalia the weekend after Thanksgiving and by December 1st our home was always decked out in its holiday finery and would remain so until after New Year’s Day. Usually the day that we children returned to school is the day she would take everything back down and pack it away – and we would return home from school to a house that had been returned to normal once again and the holiday season was then “officially” over and done with.
I try to keep that tradition for my own family. Unfortunately, I actually am being a slacker this year. Last year when I packed away the little ornaments that I had left (those which were not broken or light strands that actually still worked) I made a mental note that I needed to get some additional decorations for the tree this year and some lights – and I was NOT going to settle for whatever was on sale. I want my tree decorated in silver and gold. I have always wanted to have a themed tree – and I was bound and determined that THIS was going to be the year that I got my themed tree.
I should know better than to “plan” for anything – especially something like having a themed tree and specialized ornaments and lights and wanting a beautiful wreath to hang on my front door and lights to put in my windows to guide the wise men on their way – silly me forgot that every time I “plan” for something to happen a certain way it never happens the way that I want it to! I have to be completely and totally spontaneous in order for anything to happen the way that I want for it to happen.
Having my seizures on the 4th and 5th didn’t help matters either. While I did get my Christmas knick-knacks set up the weekend after Thanksgiving – the tree is still in the box in the closet (which was another “not going to happen this year” event as well – I wanted a REAL tree this year and not that fake crap!) and I still haven’t had the chance to purchase additional lights and ornaments. I did promise the boys though that we would put the tree up tonight and what little decorations we have for it – so I’ll be taking stock of what I need, what I want – and then keeping an eye on the after Christmas sales so that I can go and put the items that I want on layaway so when next year rolls around – I will be ready this time! Considering I only have roughly another 2 weeks of unemployment to claim before that ends – I need to make the most of it while I can!
What about you? Have you gotten all of your decorations up yet, or are you in slacker mode right along with me? When is your family’s traditional kick off to the holiday season?