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How soon is too soon for decorations?

Published 11:52am Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I thought Christmas decorations were supposed to go up after Thanksgiving.

I was apparently mistaken.

As I was driving out of my neighborhood to run an errand last night, I noticed the number of houses aglow with Christmas lights had doubled.

I do not mean to sound like the Grinch. I absolutely love Christmas decorations.

I’m totally a fan of decking the halls, walls and anything else that will stand still with lights, bows and garland.

I have just always been of the opinion that doing so before the third week in November diminishes the importance of Thanksgiving.

Christmas lights, sparkly ornaments and beautifully wrapped presents are some of my favorite things.

But, I love Thanksgiving too.

I love pumpkins, cornucopias and colorful mums.

I love smoked turkey, sweet potato casserole and cornbread dressing.

I swoon over a beautifully set Thanksgiving table for friends and family to gather around, and I really do believe in making Thanksgiving seem special.

I love the notion of a holiday that doesn’t require presents and instead encourages you to be thankful for what you already have.

But now that I have a full-time job, I totally see the benefits of decorating for Christmas before the turkey ever hits the table.

Creating a winter wonderland isn’t easy. It requires a lot of time, energy and preparation.

I can understand the logic in decorating early enough for it to be enjoyed for as long as possible or just starting early enough so it actually gets done.

I’m no longer of the opinion that decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving is wrong. I will say my Christmas decorations won’t go up before Nov. 23, but they are organized and ready to go in my garage.

Whatever your personal opinion is on decorating, I encourage you to remember all the holidays.

Thanksgiving is also a wonderful time of year.

Pemberton is a staff writer for The Outlook.