Christmas Prep

Hallmark’s Ornament Debut is this weekend, and I can’t wait. I caught a peek of their Christmas merchandise over the weekend. We bought an adorable ceramic Snoopy on Friday, and I’ve already figured out my 2017 gift wrap favorites. We will pick up the rest of our pre-order ornaments on Saturday. Here are a few ornaments from July.

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As soon as retailers start introducing their holiday merchandise, I’m ready for Christmas. September is when I usually catch the bug. I start planning my décor, purchasing new Christmas items, purchasing more gifts (I buy throughout the year), and impatiently waiting to transform our home. I know some of you won’t even think about Christmas until Thanksgiving, which is fine. Christmas is my absolute favorite, and I want to spread that joy out as long as I can. The way I see it, my love for Christmas and early decorating are only going to impact my household. So pour me some hot chocolate and turn on my holiday Pandora station.

I’ve curated ornaments for approximately eleven trees over the past five years. As I’ve mentioned before, all of my trees are themed. I coordinate everything from ornaments to gift wrap. Since we have furry friends in our home, I can’t just put a tree anywhere. I usually place the trees in rooms that our cats are not allowed in, like my craft room. I’ve also been slowly introducing trees into the common areas as the cats get older. This year will be a true test, because I’m hoping to put up three in our living area. All of that said, the first step is deciding on location.

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The second step is figuring out which trees I want to display, because I can’t put them all up. I usually only display 5-7 and rotate from year to year. This year I am introducing a circus themed tree, which I’m really excited about. Now once I’ve determined which trees, I then have to figure out what I’d like to add or change. I am continually adding to my trees, thus making them fuller and better. I also watch a ton of videos with designer tips, and I take photos of ideas I like when I shop. So I figure out what I need, and I start shopping.

Once I’ve gotten a grasp on the trees, I start focusing on other interior décor for the holidays. We change out all of the table linens, plates, bedding, and add our villages.  I try really hard not to buy a bunch of new stuff every year, but I always find something I’ve got to have. One year it was new pillows, last year it was stockings, and this year it’s bedding. I’ve actually already ordered it!

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Finally, it’s all about planning the exterior lights. Ryan and I both love Christmas lights.  Thanks to television shows like the ‘Great Light Fight’, I envision a grand display. Those shows really get my mind going, and then I’ve imagined fifty new possibilities. Ryan typically agrees to one or two ideas every year. One day I’ll have the display that’s in my head. We actually sit down together and map it all out so that Ryan knows what to do. I’ve been banned from the lights due to my perfectionistic tendencies. Imagine that. I at least get to decorate the porch.

Now that I’ve explained the ‘planning’ process, you’re probably wondering when we start decorating. I start putting up the trees on Halloween or November 1st depending on my schedule. It typically takes me a week and a half to get the interior done. We don’t put the lights up outside until the week of Thanksgiving. How do you decorate for the holiday season? I’ll be sharing all sorts of holiday related things as we get closer. Stay tuned.

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