|A scene from one of my favorite Christmas fabrics, now made into a throw|
"On the day after [Thanksgiving], I can hardly wait to finish my morning coffee sipped from a china Christmas mug. The Christmas season officially arrived last night when I pulled those [Christmas] plates off the top shelf in the china cabinet. Today is special.
"I will decorate the Christmas tree. The shopping is done (well, almost), and wrapped packages will be retrieved from where I stored them last summer ...
"If all goes well (and I have a little help from my husband), by bedtime tonight I may have candles in the windows, nativity scenes on the tables, and even stockings by the fireplace. Once the house is decorated, the Christmas spirit just creeps in and I begin to relax. Now I look forward to enjoying the season, baking fruitcakes, having friends over, visiting in their homes, and rejoicing in the birth of the Savior." ~ Barbara Sims, Homemade Hospitality
I think she's onto something here. For years, I thought people who put their tree up right after Thanksgiving were really rushing the season. But this year we started decorating earlier than usual, and I did notice that once the house looked pretty and festive I started to relax as far as enjoying the season went. (We won't discuss my rush to finish and mail handcrafted gifts, which is another story entirely.) So next year, I may follow Mrs. Sims' lead and decorate even earlier!