It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

manger It is my firm belief that Christmas trees should be put up and decorated the weekend after Thanksgiving. I am not a stickler on which day, but it must be done this weekend. I am also a believer that Christmas music should be broken out the day after Thanksgiving, but not before no matter what retail establishments and certain local radio stations would try and force upon us (hello October, that is just ridiculous).

I am not a believer in Black Friday shopping. Unless it does online, in your pjs, with a glass of wine in hand. Seriously, I would rather stick a hot poker in my eye than deal with the crowds. I just can’t fathom a deal that would be good enough. Well actually I lie a little. We did hit up 4 Walgreens on Friday afternoon so we could get LED lights. Yes 4 Walgreens. The limit 3 per customer made it difficult to really stock up.

After years of listening to whining from the little people about how boring white lights are I caved and let the hubby put colored Christmas lights outside. I have to admit it looks pretty. Even though I will go to my grave swearing white are better. As soon as the little people let their guard down, I might be back with the white. And I put my foot down and continued to do white inside. I had to endure more whining, but I don’t care, I like white better.

The stockings are hung, the nativities are out. One the kids are allowed to touch, one they aren’t. The ornaments are up, breakable ones high, non-breakables low. I have already started mentally preparing for the fact that next year will be a whole different ball game as there will be a toddler in the house again whose main goal will be to tackle the Christmas tree when no one is looking.

So now I sit, tea in one hand, typing with the other. Christmas music is softly playing and I am basking in the glow of Christmas lights. It is the official start of advent today. The theme in church this weekend was hope. It’s funny as I sit and think about hope, I don’t even know what to hope for. My cup is overflowing. I would hope that nothing ever changes cause life is so perfect as is, but I know that hoping for that I would miss other blessings God has for us. So I will hope that you are feeling blessed this season. And that you get time in all the crazy, busy insanity to pause and remember the only One in which hope is found.

And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 15:12-13)


  1. I can relate to so many of those points!! Our tree usually goes up the day after Thanksgiving, but the last two years they’ve gone up a few days early – but only b/c a) we had a sitter and b) no thanksgiving parties at our house. Otherwise it would have been after for sure! And I have the toddler this year … I forgot though!! Found her eating one ornament already … great mom moment!!
    .-= mandi´s last blog ..Conversations … thanksgiving edition =-.

  2. abba12 says:

    Since we don’t have thanksgiving down here in Australia, the most common tradition is to put it up on the 1st of December. I’m one of those people, and the 1st is tomorrow *is excited*

    Also, sorry, I’m with the kids, coloured is much better.
    .-= abba12´s last blog ..Recepie for Meaty Nachos =-.

  3. We set up our tree this weekend too! But we keep our ornaments packed until the week of Christmas – I have 2 little boys who love to touch EVERYTHING! :)

    My husband and son also have a birthday on the 13th so I am waiting to get all the household decorations out until after that day!
    .-= Ann Marie @ Household6Diva´s last blog ..new traditions =-.

  4. I cannot wait for Christmas!! And next year will be so much fun – a toddler in the house (someone else to eat the sugar cookies that Luke likes us to make during the Christmas season).
    We do coloured lights on the tree, I think they are SO beautiful. Hubby Luke likes white, I like coloured. But I have a selfless man. One of the first things we decided when we started courting was that we would do coloured lights on the tree :p (that was second in importance only to ‘we will never lose the toothpaste cap’)

    this year, I got a little tree for our den, and that has white lights, just for him :)

    Merry Christmas!!!

  5. I’m with you — LOVE colored lights! They are so classy!
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  6. I cannot believe that I just wrote that. Must be too early for my brain. I meant to write


    I love white lights! :)

  7. I love Advent! I prefer white lights outside, but colored in. We have a hodge podge of ornaments and I like the colored with them…

    Have a lovely Christmas season!
    .-= Kristy´s last blog ..Baby Things I Love… =-.

  8. Your colored lights look great! The kids “oohed and aahed” when we drove by your house last night. Job well done! :)

    P.S. We spent Thanksgiving Weekend going to hockey tournaments, so forgive me for still having pilgrims on my porch and a turkey in my window! :)

  9. The last paragraph of your post impacted me. It’s so important to remember and always keep on the forefront of our minds the blessings we have. Thank you for reminding me…because that is what Christmas is all about, and that is what life is all about.
    Loved your post and I’m sure your lights on the best on your block!
    .-= Kelly Hupcey´s last blog ..Learn 5 Tips to Avoid Becoming a Crappy Wife in Stressful Times =-.

  10. Thanks for the reminder that I needed to take stock in my life and be thankful for all the ways in which I am so richly blessed!
    .-= Tiffany´s last blog ..So Worried about The First Day =-.

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