You Guys Are All Holiday Decorating Without Me!

I was talking to Linsday Cross the other day, you all know Lindsay, Lindsay with the awesome family who is looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving, even though she can’t have pesto squash, and she mentioned that her mom would be stopping by to decorate her house. Which is totally my plan too, meaning that by “having a relative come over to make my house all festive” I might have to think about forcing my kids to make some drawings of their hands into Thanksgiving turkeys. I’m totally slacking this holiday.

I have never decorated my house, inside or outside, before Thanksgiving, except to hang  a fall wreath on the door after Halloween and to put out fresh flowers and candles on the table for the big day, and now I think maybe I’m just a loser jerk because I’m not more festive. Maria Guido also doesn’t decorate for the holiday, because she is busy working:

I serve the general public Thanksgiving dinner, So the answer to that would be NO. Oh, you mean decorate for xmas before thanksgiving? Haha! I’m not that organized!

But see, Maria has a good excuse for not decorating, the only excuses I have are my hysterectomy and general laziness. I love the holidays and I love Christmas lights and I love everything looking all pretty and festive, but I can never get my act together in time to do it before Thanksgiving. I’ll be lucky this year if I can reheat a store-bought pie.

Do you guys have any cute and easy ways I can make my house more festive before Thanksgiving? I think I need some of those scented pinecones to throw in a bowl. Can I technically force my teen son to go hang outdoor Christmas lights? Should I make paper chains with my kids to liven this place up?

I love holiday decorating and the holiday season but I’ve got a fuckton of mommy guilt over not doing anything thus far. I think the most ambition I’ll have is washing the tablecloth and finding my platter for the turkey. Unless I can convince Lindsay’s mom to come over to my house.

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  • Anika

    I always thought you weren’t supposed to decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. No one in my family or my husband’s family ever has!

  • waffre

    Ha, I have you beat! I rarely start decorating until the week before Christmas ;). We’re also in the camp of not worrying about Christmas stuff until Thanksgiving is over– actually my husband has banned decorating and Christmas carols until the day after Thanksgiving.

  • LiteBrite

    Sorry I’ve got nothing because I’m also in the camp of not putting up Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. It’s partially tradition and partially just because I love fall so much and putting up Christmas decor signifies the end of the season.

    I know a lot of people who put up outdoor lights and such prior to Thanksgiving. Trust me; when you live in Wisconsin you have to take advantage of any warm day you can get at this time of year. In fact, it’s supposed to be kind of nice today. Maybe I’ll bug the husband to get our lights up. He’ll be so thrilled. :)

  • MommyK

    In Canada, a lot of people won’t decorate indoors for Christmas until Dec 1 (or later). As far as an easy Christmas decoration goes, I saw a great idea last year at someone’s house…..They took picture frames (that were already on the wall?) and wrapped them up in pretty Christmas-y paper like a present, and added a ribbon or bow to the front, and hung them back up. Then it looked like Christmas presents on the wall. It actually looked really nice!

  • Ellie

    Doesn’t matter, because it’s too early to decorate for Christmas. One holiay at a time please. Go nuts on Friday, though.