This Is the Absolute Best Time to Put Up Christmas Decorations

Inside: Is decking the halls stressing you out? Here’s the easiest way to decide when to decorate for Christmas.

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Every year, the great debate begins. When to put up the Christmas decorations.

People have decided opinions about when to start decorating for the holidays. Too early and you’re labeled a fanatic. Too late and you have less Christmas spirit than Scrooge.

But how soon is too soon? And, how late is too late?

Usually, I ponder this question when munching on leftover Halloween candy.

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See I never stay in my own home for Thanksgiving. That means no day after Thanksgiving holiday decorating.

And by the time I return home on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, I feel like I’ve lost precious holiday decorating time.

But that pile of laundry won’t clean itself no matter how long I stare at it with Matilda eyes. And if I drag the Christmas tree from the garage that evening, we all know that box will sit unopened in the hall for at least a few days.

So, do I wait until the following weekend to start decorating? Turning Christmas decorating into a weekend project makes sense. But then I’ll lose an entire week of enjoying my Christmas decorations.

Gah. Do I deck the halls before I leave for Thanksgiving?

When to decorate for Christmas has suddenly turned more stressful than Black Friday shopping.

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Where Do You Fit on the Jolly Scale? Here Are The Different Types of Christmas Decorators

Everyone has an opinion about the ultimate time to decorate for Christmas. And it runs the whole spectrum.

From the-wreath-is-on-the-door-before-the-pumpkins-even-go-bad to does-a-red-coffee-mug-count-as-Christmas-cheer?

If you ask people when they decorate for Christmas, you’ll probably get a version of these responses:

  • “Holiday decorations aren’t my thing.”
  • “Decorating early is tacky.”
  • “Mine go up in mid-December.”
  • “The beginning of November, so I can savor the season”
  • “Like clockwork, the Christmas decorations go up the day after Thanksgiving.”
  • “Christmas above everything! I’m ready to put them out in October.”

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Your typical holiday decorator probably falls into one of these categories.

The immediately after Halloween decorator
As soon as the stores discount the Halloween candy, you’re thinking about the Christmas season.

While you may not put up your Christmas tree immediately, you’re in the basement searching for the Christmas boxes after the trick-or-treaters have left.

You also grab a few holiday items from the Target Dollar Spot the day after Halloween. After all, you want to nab the good stuff before it gets picked over.

And your house is decked out in holiday gear by the beginning of November.

The day after Thanksgiving decorator
You stick to the tried-and-true.

Decorating the day after Thanksgiving gives you the best of both worlds.

You can still enjoy fall but you get a jumpstart on the holidays, too. You put all the Christmas décor up in one swoop instead of going shopping on Black Friday.

The December 1 decorator
You feel that December is an acceptable time to start decorating for the holidays.

The fall décor stays out in your home a couple weeks longer than other people.

Then, you put up the Christmas decorations once December hits.

The lights go up on the house. The Christmas tree brightens the front window. The wreaths add cheer to the doors. And you’re exhausted. But cheery.

The un-decorator
When to decorate for Christmas? How bout never?

You do not decorate for the holidays.

Your friends and family may call you the Grinch, but while they spend hours tearing down Christmas decorations, you put your feet up and eat leftover pumpkin pie.

So really, who’s the winner?

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Here’s the Easiest Way to Decide When to Decorate for Christmas

But you probably want an answer to the mother of all questions.

No, not ‘Is pumpkin or pecan pie better?’

The big question.

When is the best time to start decorating for Christmas?

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Here’s the thing. I don’t think a right or wrong time exists.

It’s up to you. Don’t let anyone dictate your decorating sister.

You don’t need to feel ashamed if you start holiday decorating early. And if you don’t want to put up a Christmas tree ever, go you.

What matters most is surrounding yourself with things you love in your home.

Decorating is about creating an environment that makes you happy. And if putting up 20 Christmas trees makes you feel jollier than a reindeer, then put up 20 Christmas trees.

However your Christmas decorating happens is how it should happen.

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So, what about me?

Well, I’m one of those crazies who likes to put up Christmas decorations early.

I adore the anticipation of the season.

If I wait to decorate, I feel cheated. I want to savor the excitement as long as possible.

Sometimes my holiday decorating happens organically. I don’t really think about when to decorate for Christmas. It just happens. I start with an arrangement of mini Christmas trees on a shelf. Then, I replace the fall wreath with a Christmas wreath. Maybe I’ll add some cut branches in a vase. Or, I’ll keep the pinecones in a display but remove the pumpkins. These small changes happen over time. All before the Christmas tree ever goes up.

Or, sometimes it happens all at once.

Christmas storage boxes scatter across the living room floor. One minute the house is a blank canvas. The next, it looks like Christmas exploded. Kind of like when Buddy the Elf transforms Gimbels into a winter wonderland overnight.

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The anticipation of Christmas is almost always more exciting than the actual day.

It’s the same as going on vacation. You crave the anticipation of the event. The planning. The daydreaming about your big trip. That build up makes you the happiest.

Why do you think we count down the days to Christmas?

So, if I can have a whole month of excitement, I say the earlier the better.

But don’t worry. That’s just me. The absolute best time to put up Christmas decorations is entirely up to you.

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21 Reasons Fall is the Best Season

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Fall is here! Bring on the fall boots and pumpkin spice lattes. The pumpkins and the gourds. The apple cider and the cozy scarves.

We have to celebrate this season because it’ll be gone before you know it.

Somehow Christmas seems to get closer every year. Am I right? The holidays usually crowd fall out of the picture too quickly.

Decorating for fall is such a happy time. I like the shift in the seasons. It always indicates a fresh start. And I start to wonder what the new season holds.

Are you itching to make your home feel ready for the new season? Guests will come to stay soon. Chilly nights are here. It’s time to make everything feel cozy.

You probably don’t need a list of reasons to love fall, but just for fun, here are 21 reasons fall is the best season.

1. Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins

You can’t have fall without pumpkins. Whether you’re picking one from a pumpkin patch or grabbing them at your local grocery store, they’re the ultimate décor to dress up your house or porch.

2. Unconventional pumpkins

Move over orange pumpkins. You can easily find green pumpkins, white pumpkins, warty pumpkins and striped pumpkins today. (Did I sound like Dr. Seuss there?)

Display a variety of pumpkins on your front porch or fireplace mantel for a cornucopia-like spread of gourds.

3. Going apple picking

If you live near an apple orchard, fall is prime time to go apple picking. Wander through the trees filling up your bushel with different apple varieties and finish off your day with a cup of fresh pressed apple cider.

If you’re in the Kansas City area, check out Cider Hill Family Orchard. Not only does this orchard feature U-pick apples, apple cider and a pumpkin patch, but they also serve up the most amazing apple cider doughnuts.

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4. Watching the leaves change color

What is it about those green leaves transforming into golden and red hues that we all love so much?

Maybe it’s because they signal the changing of the weather?

Or, they mean now’s the time to start looking forward to cozy nights, comforting food and a new season?

Whatever the reason, changing leaves are one of the reasons fall is the best season.

5. Buying a fall mum

These charming flowers will brighten up your front porch or balcony.

Fall mums in pops of orange, yellow and burgundy are low-maintenance, cheery and they make a pretty addition to your fall décor.

(If you needed a few more reasons, here are 17 reasons to love fall mums.)

6. Wearing a flannel shirt

When the weather turns crisp, don’t you want to cozy up in a flannel shirt? It’s like wearing a blanket around all day. But looking stylish at the same time.

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7. Taking brisk walks

There’s no better time to take a walk than when you feel a snap in the air.

To me, it feels almost magical. Especially when the sky is crowded with clouds and it’s just breezy enough to send fallen leaves dancing along the street.

8. The sound of fallen leaves

Speaking of fallen leaves, you know the sound they make when they skitter across the ground on a windy day? Anybody else love that sound?

9. The light

Is there something different about the light during the fall? It’s all golden-y and soft during this season.

10. Decorating with fall leaves

Fall is the best time to bring nature indoors.

The reds, oranges and yellows only come once a year and I like to enjoy them outside—and inside.

(Here’s how I decorate with fall leaves.)

11. Eating (or decorating with) candy corn

Even if you can’t stand this super sweet candy, you can’t deny that it’s an iconic part of the fall season.

For candy corn lovers and non-lovers alike, I have a couple of DIY projects featuring candy corn. Make these Mini Candy Corn Wreaths or your own Candy Corn Pumpkin Art.

These projects add festive—and unexpected—elements to your fall décor.

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12. Wearing scarves!

Scarf season is here! It’s time to wear scarves every day. Extra points if it’s knit or yellow.

13. Drinking pumpkin spice lattes

Chilly days call for pumpkin spice lattes.

How can you have fall without the sweet taste of a pumpkin spice latte?

It’s warm. It’s pumpkin-y, cinnamon-y and nutmeg-y. It’s a pumpkin pie in a drink.

14. Enjoying a fire

Whether you light a fire in your fireplace or outside in a fire pit, fall is the best season to make a fire.

Curl up in a blanket and let those flames mesmerize you on a chilly evening.

15. Front porch decorating

Show off your pumpkins and fall mums by creating a cute front porch display this fall.

It doesn’t take much to transform your front entrance.

16. Pinecone projects

Decorating with pinecones not only adds fall spirit to your home, it’s super budget-friendly, too.

Pick up a bunch of pinecones on a walk (or from your yard) and make this Pinecone Door Hanger.

You can also add pinecones to mason jars or vases for a simple fall-themed table centerpiece.

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17. Getting back into reading

If you fell off the reading wagon lately, fall is the perfect time to snuggle up under the covers with a good book.

18. The first sip of coffee on a cold morning

Coffee is delicious all year round. But when you take that first sip out of a steaming mug in the crisp outdoor air, you can’t deny how much better it tastes.

19. Crunching leaves

It’s not just the brilliant colors that make fall leaves so perfect.

Bring out your inner kid as you crunch those fallen leaves under your boots.

20. Visiting the farmers market

Your local farmers market is showing off the best autumn produce right now. Shop the tables spread with apples, pumpkins and winter squash!

21. Camping

Maybe you love camping, maybe you don’t, but fall is the perfect season to head out into the great outdoors.

The weather is cool enough to actually enjoy a campfire, but not so cold that you’re shivering all night.

Break out your enamel cookware and vintage camping sets because now’s the time to go.

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Can we agree fall is the best season?

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Home Tour: Kitchen

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Welcome to my kitchen. I wasn’t planning to show off this outdated room in my rental house. But I realized something. When you rent, one of the main challenges is working with imperfections. And I may as well as show you how I make this room work. (Because it has a lot of imperfections.)

Renters, I know you feel my pain. I can’t paint the walls or replace the linoleum floor. I can’t update the stove or redo the cabinets. So, I make it cute with what I can. A pretty rug. A well-placed plant. A splashy apron. Call attention to pretty things and you won’t notice the imperfections as much.

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Do you have a kitchen that you’re making work? What do you do to make it look good? Tell me about it in the comments!

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