Usually, nothing Christmas-related happens in our home until after Thanksgiving. I firmly believe that Thanksgiving, a day which is all about family and expressing gratitude, should not be disregarded or overlooked at all.
I have been boycotting the radio station that started playing Christmas music several weeks ago. And our Christmas decorations are still stashed away in our upstairs closet.
But, this year I’ve made a few exceptions to my own rules.
I’ve learned that the key to enjoying holiday preparations is planning early and doing early. So this year, during my son’s week-long Thanksgiving break, we visited Santa. It was a very mellow experience, with no crazy lines or wailing babies. My son chatted with the jolly man, made a few gift requests, and took an adorable picture.
Also during my son’s week-long school break, we started wrapping holiday presents. My mom has taught me to Christmas-shop year-round. So, while I’ve been out and about, I’ve picked up some gifts along the way, and those were the gifts we wrapped. My six-and-a-half year old is pretty competent when it comes to wrapping presents, as long as we’re using teamwork, and I’m in no hurry to get it done.
It’s been somewhat disconcerting for me, to have a pumpkin on our coffee table while also having a roll of snowman-themed wrapping paper propped up in the corner.
But now it’s December, and there’s no denying that the holiday season has arrived.
Cue the Christmas carols!