Saturday, November 12, 2016

Rushing the holiday season

 Not too long ago I was in the camp of people that would never decorate
before Thanksgiving.  But then I opened a little store selling home decor
items including Christmas.  But I held fast to my rule of "not before Thanksgiving".
Major boo-boo in the world of retail, and I found out the hard way.
I waited too long and got stuck with a lot of inventory.  It seems
shoppers may wait to decorate, but they start buying early to get the best
stuff.  So the next year I put it out early, and my sales were great.
 That softened up my hardened stance...and it went hand in hand with being
a blogger.  People are looking for inspiration for how they want to decorate 
for the holidays.  Back in the good ol days it was more a matter of take out
the Christmas boxes from the attic and put up what you had in your stash of
years of collecting and passed down treasures.  Now its a designer world
in Christmas land.  And trees are done in themes, not family heirloom style.
My idea is that the tree is going to stay naked.
For a few weeks, until Thanksgiving.  
And that way its more of a wintery woodland type of decoration. 
 Hahha. Okay, well I can call it that, right?
I have to say I love seeing a twinkling tree in my living room!
So much so, that this year I decided to put it in a better spot, and that meant
rearranging the furniture and shoving the baby grand across the room.
Thankfully it rolls pretty easily on its castors, and my son helped me for
the better part of the day.  

 Colby was put in his kennel while the furniture moved and tree went up,
and when he emerged, he was as good as he was last year about ignoring the tree.
A few blue glass balls are spread across the leaf garland...
And a large silver tray holds pumpkins and blue glass ornaments
on the top of the white piano.
 Its been kind of a surprise how much I am enjoying the mixing 
of decorative elements of the two holidays.
So thats how its unfolding over here...and one more plus is that having
our tree set up, albeit naked, its going to be a great backdrop for our
family Christmas card this year!
 However I completely get it if you are in Thanksgiving mode and
that is the only thing on your radar.  I used to be just like that myself.
 This year I am hosting dinner, and I just hope everyone enjoys the twinkle
of the tree in the other room....

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  1. Who says you can't be cheery and set up before Thanksgiving,ha ha ! Our friends in Dublin are setting up their decorations now, no Thanksgiving there, so let's just do it, tra la la yippeee!xx

  2. Amy, I love a naked twinkling tree, but I admit day after day I get antsy! I have decorated themed trees in my house since the mid 90's, I had at least three maybe four! How I had the time, I don't know with four kids. Also, my husband was the family heirloom, home made ornament kinda guy. So, I would occasionally oblige. My Christmas decorating has been up before Thanksgiving for about five years now and I totally prefer it. I have much more time in December for the fun stuff, baking, watching Christmas movies and wrapping gifts.
    Have a wonderful time!

  3. It's beautiful. I used to be that way too, but there's just not enough time to enjoy "Christmas" otherwise! Love how you've mixed fabric pumpkins with ornaments!

  4. I get a bit antsy this time of year, too. BUT, my rule is that if I am hosting Thanksgiving I don't do anything until the next day. However, because we are having the mother of all warm spells I am going to put my outside lights up this week-I just won't light them until after Thanksgiving.

    Can't wait to see you place all done up!! Come on Christmas! xo Diana

  5. I have never put the tree up before Thanksgiving until this year. We finally found a flocked tree like I've wanted for quite a while, so I set it up and am loving it! The only ornaments that are on it are the new French pieces I recently found. I will finish decorating Thanksgiving week. I enjoyed your post, Amy. Your house looks wonderful!!

  6. Your home looks so beautiful! I like to start decorating right after Thanksgiving. Even though I feel like there is such a small window of time to enjoy it all.

  7. I love your mirror behind the piano, the gilt mirror mounted on blue. Was that a custom creation by you? Lovely...


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