Starting Christmas Early
Updated: Mar 1
All year, we look forward to the twinkling lights, front-yard reindeer, and Mariah Carey-car-jams that come with the Christmas season. Here are some helpful tips for starting Christmas early (otherwise known as, “on time”):
Keep in mind, most things are special because they are unique or rare. In other words, don’t decorate too early for Christmas, or you’ll end up irritating yourself along with all of your neighbors. That traditional start of the Christmas season in the US is Thanksgiving. However, Turkey-Day and Black Friday plans make the timing of decorating a little bit awkward. I suggest decorating during mid-November so that you aren’t rushing to decorate, but aren’t awkwardly early either. Craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Micheal’s sell the previous year’s Christmas inventory on 40-50% discount during August and September, so plan ahead and snag some decorating supplies at a discount.
Purchasing Christmas decorations can be fairly pricey for first-time buyers and overhaul-decorators. An easy way to save some money is to DIY your ornaments. Pinterest and Google have ample ideas for creative-crafting. My favorite idea is purchasing clear ornaments on Amazon and filling them with confetti, pompoms, beads, or glitter. You can also personalize these decorations, painting or practicing calligraphy on the outside. This particular craft can also give small children a creative outlet to help the whole process, and even make for great, sentimental gifts. Add a few candy canes, and your tree will be creative and classy.
When gifting, start your list early so that you don’t end up spending extra money on those expensive holiday mark-ups. Be sure to allocate money to those that are closest to you. For those that you want to show appreciation for, but might not be as close to, baked goods are a simple, personal, and hospitable way to show gratitude.
Keep these tips and mind, and don’t forget to take some time to drive around and look at the array of Christmas decorations this holiday season.
written by Jessica Fields
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