We love (and I mean LOVE) Christmas time. Seriously brings JOY into our home and hearts.
It is a very difficult time of year for many though. I know people who dislike the 'season', some who get depressed, many who miss family members, or get super stresssed over finances (or lack therefore).
I get that. I understand.
However, we feel utterly blessed with all God has given us, and really try to enjoy this, the season of Christ's birth.
Yes, "this the season", as in NOW.
We put up our decorations early.
Having being raised by two totally different sets of parents, Mike and I came into the marriage with 2 very different views on, basically, everything. It has been a ton of fun compromising. One of the views we dealt with was Christmas. Mike won. (okay, didn't win). After having been through a few Christmases, and having children of our own, we came to the conclusion, that for us, this works.
Here is our reasoning:
We have a jam packed schedule, that only gets busier in November and December. My husband works shiftwork. That is very difficult on a family. Plus, Mike and I work exact OPPOSITE shifts. When we have a free evening we need to take advantage of it.
Decorating takes time and energy. If I want to spend an entire day decorating, I certainly don't want to take it all down in 2 weeks. I need to feel like I'm getting use of my talents.
I like to be organized. I do not like pressure. Having the part of the list done early means I can bake, shop, wrap @ leisure (early as well).
We all love the ambience of dark rooms with the Christmas tree lights on. It revokes 'good 'ole memories' in me. We are hoping to give the kids wonderful memories as well.
It changes the look of the house. Changes the internal feeling. Cozier, warmer, and a tad more peaceful. It's hard to explain, but the colour brings a tad more umm, colour, into our world.
Having things done early, gives us the chance to truly enjoy this time without the rush and frantic pace that can go along with Christmas.
It works for us. Well.
(**If you aren't prepared yet to think or look on anything Christmas, please leave now, and return when you are ready**)
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Our banister with the beginning stages of the garland.
We get decorating!
(click on pic for larger image.)And, thus it begins.