In Mid November I WANT YOU TO HELP ME CHRISTMAS DECORATE!!

  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 19, 2007 1:55 AM GMT
    You are talking to a huge Christmas decorator.
    I got the disease when I was a little kid by my mother,
    and assumed the family decorating as a kid and took it to the max at home. We had a large home and wasn't anything to put up 5,000 lights.... even had some hooked in back on the barn (separate circuit) The barn had lights too. Imagine spending 7 hours up 3 stories on a Cypress tree. These days I'm a little more sane.

    It was important to start early and I put up the strings of lights prior to Thanksgiving so I could have them all up and lit after Thanksgiving. It seems weird to have everything up and lit prior to Thanksgiving. Am I being inflexible?

    Do you have your Christmas decorations blazing away yet? Are they up at all? What do you think of those who continue to decorate ever earlier??
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    Nov 19, 2007 3:55 AM GMT
    icon_lol.gif OK

    Prior to Thanksgiving may be a little obsessive for anywhere thats not selling something retail.. icon_lol.gif

    I have no Christmas decorations.

    Until 2 years ago I was estranged from my father, and still am estranged from my sisters and their famalies. So Christmas for me was always either friends homes, or going away for a weekend someplace.

    The three Christmas's with Iain, two he was in Afghanistan, and last year we spent Christmas day with my father and Hogmanay in Scotland with his family.

    This year I have decided I want a small tree, some holly over the fireplace, lots of candles, and a small ball of mistletoe (very small studio). This year we have also decided we will be sending out cards together for the first time. But then we will be spending the actual holidays with his family again. they decorate the entire tower house lodge with Balsam and Fir and Pine - EVERYWHERE.

    Next year should be very different. I just signed the papers at the Bank on Friday, and Monday we close on an absolute wreck of a home outside London. (My first mortgage ever! - I feel so ... grown up. SSSSIGH!:lolicon_smile.gif



  • BizzQuik

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    Nov 19, 2007 4:07 AM GMT
    I too am the decorator in my family. I put up the lights at my parents, my grandmas and my aunts house. I did put up my grandmas this past weekend, but they are not on. I think it was too early, but now as we get closer to Thanksgiving I feel it is ok as I see the cities lighting their lights. We normally wait until after Thanksgiving to light them up.
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    Nov 19, 2007 4:28 AM GMT
    Let it be known: I hate your "Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving" kind.

    Alright, so perhaps that's a bit excessive. I don't really hate you. But come on man, at least wait until Thanksgiving Day!

    Come on now, we all have to focus on that time before we started slaughtering the natives.
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    Nov 19, 2007 5:32 AM GMT
    I'm with Chewey Delt. It seems folks run headlong into Christmas earlier and earlier and even Thanksgiving is swept up into it, just becoming part of "The Holidays." Consider this: Christmas doesn't actually begin until December 25--the traditional start of Twelve Days of celebrating that come to an end on January 6 with Twelfth Night and Epiphany or Three Kings Day. This is what Christmas used to be. Nowadays, Christmas is shoved down our throats in November and many people are sick of it by the time it actually arrives.

    I'm with the Let's Slow Down camp on this one. I love the season immensely and can keep up with the heartiest of Christmas revelers... I guess I'm just a stickler for tradition, though, and prefer to keep things in their proper moments.

    If it's November, it's still pumpkin time. Enjoy that first. Be here now.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 19, 2007 9:13 AM GMT
    Well we are in definite agreement. I haven't anything yet, other than plan.
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    Nov 19, 2007 10:41 AM GMT
    There are so few really big deal holidays, it seems a shame to give one up.

    I'd hold off, just as you have this year. Plan, scheme, buy stuff off-season - put it up before T'Giving if you must in order to make your goal, but don't turn it on.

    When we were in business in Lafayette, California, we discovered that most of our female customers were VERY protective of Thanksgiving, and would get pretty pissed at us if we let Christmas overshadow it. Thanksgiving was, for them, a time when their families united without the stress of Christmas and without all the gift-giving. It was family for the sake of family.

    This year my partner & I will have 5-6 'strays' joining us for T'Giving dinner. There will be a few modest arrangements around the house, and NOTHING about Christmas anywhere.

    It should be a nice, low-stress, friendly holiday.

    - Joey
  • Timbales

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    Nov 19, 2007 12:33 PM GMT
    I put up a tree. It usually takes the better part of a Sunday but I enjoy doing it. We have ornaments that we've slowly been collecting and we usually buy a new one when we go on a trip.

    Last year I also made a Kylie tree, a little sliver one with pink feather boas to celebrate my trip to the UK to see the Showgirl Homecoming concert.
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    Nov 19, 2007 1:40 PM GMT
    The tree usually goes up on Thanksgiving. It's become a way of enjoying the evening. I'll admit sometimes the tree is up and the lights are on it in advance, but the decorations must wait. I think you have to give the retail scene some time to get product out... and most stores are loaded at this point... cause you have to see what new stuff is out there. I am a light freak, so any new and interesting lights tend to be an impulse for me. I think the outdoor decor is weather permitting.. if you know you're going to have a good week of weather the beginning of November, then get the outside done.. but please DON'T light them.. neightbors have been lit for two weeks now. that's a bit much. Anyone have any interesting theme to their decorations?
  • SpartanJock

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    Nov 19, 2007 5:00 PM GMT
    I, too, am one of those believing that Christmas has become way too consuming. Thanksgiving should be enjoyed for what it is first. I generally don't decorate until around the second week of December. It makes outside decorating a bit frigid, though. icon_biggrin.gif For me it stems from the holiday not being about decorations, and who has the most. It's about spending time with family, and sharing the SPIRIT the radiates from the heart.

    I walked into the mall a couple of days after Halloween/Samhain and there were Carols playing already!!!! grrrr icon_evil.gif I hate this time of year, anymore.
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    Nov 19, 2007 5:04 PM GMT
    Growing up, my family would always start with the Christmas decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving.

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  • jc_online

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    Nov 19, 2007 5:12 PM GMT
    We always went crazy with outdoor lighting during the season! Sometimes before Thanksgiving, sometimes on Thanksgiving Day we would outline the whole eaves and corner lines of the house with lights. One year we had a big yard display with music playing too. The neighbors hated it, but I did it all for my mom. She loved Christmas more than anything.

    With my parents both gone, and my having moved over 700 miles from my brothers and grandma, Christmas is a lot more mellow for me. I have a good number of sentimental ornaments, so I usually put up a "Winter Twig" and display the ornaments.

    I spend the time around the holidays with close friends; I hardly buy any presents and ask that I not get any either. Keep it simple is now my perspective. (but I have over 30 holiday music CDs which I begin playing on Thanksgiving Day and it drives most of my friends nuts; the memories are connected to the music...
  • Timbales

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    Nov 19, 2007 5:15 PM GMT
    here's my Kylie tree:

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    and the costume that inspired it

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  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 19, 2007 6:44 PM GMT
    Interesting Timberoo... you know I noticed little trees you can buy at Michaels (Arts and Crafts store)
    with feathers, etc. I was kind of surprised ... you can even get silver trees with lights. I didn't think you could do that.....
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    Nov 19, 2007 7:00 PM GMT
    Yesterday I went to Garden Ridge for some cheap-ass picture frames. The place was a friggin' Christmas explosion. It's eighty degrees here and the Thanksgiving turkey hasn't even thawed out yet. WTF???

    Also, there's something about fat, middle-aged Texas women and Christmas that brings out the worst in them. They were acting so bitchy and entitled in that store. Maybe they sense a "war on Christmas" again and are taking preemptive strikes at us reasonable folks who take their lives one holiday at a time.

    As for the dude from Handsome, Kansas. Cheers bud...do it up right, but DON'T turn into one of those women! ;-)

    P.S.: WHY is Hobby Lobby closed on Sundays?! OK so you're a christian business, but you've got to be a bunch of idiots to close your doors on the second busiest shopping day of the week. Last time I checked, weekends were for hobbies!
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    Nov 20, 2013 5:53 PM GMT
    Christmas just reminds you that one year has passed and we are getting older. All of us. I also like gifts.
  • monet

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    Nov 20, 2013 5:58 PM GMT
    I have all my Christmas lights set up on the outside of the house already.

    (Because I never got around to taking them down from last Christmas).
  • MikeW

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    Nov 20, 2013 6:21 PM GMT
    Years ago when we lived in an artist's loft with 14' ceilings, my partner David and I would get a huge 12' tree onto which we attached lots of colored lights. We'd put some angel hair and cotton batting on it, oh and hundreds of those paper umbrellas one puts in drinks.

    Beyond that, though, neither of us were into 'typical' ornaments. Instead, throughout the year we'd collect odd things, mostly small children's toys picked up for next to nothing at garage sales, that we kept in a treasure chest just for tree trimming purposes. This was long ago but special ones I can remember: A wooden train with Mickey Mouse, Minnie and Goofy in the caboose; life size plastic snakes, spiders, worms and other creepy crawlers; plastic military men; flying saucers, rockets, plastic airplanes (especially fond of double winged ones); small dolls, tiny houses, dump trucks and so on. We turned the huge tree into a fantasy world of crazy kid's stuff. Some of it was a bit hidden so you might have to look closely to find the the glass eyeballs, miniature Godzilla, and Gumby & Poky.
  • d11l

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    Nov 20, 2013 6:25 PM GMT
    Chewey_Delt saidLet it be known: I hate your "Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving" kind.

    Alright, so perhaps that's a bit excessive. I don't really hate you. But come on man, at least wait until Thanksgiving Day!

    Come on now, we all have to focus on that time before we started slaughtering the natives.


    Thanksgiving's already over up here ;)
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    Nov 20, 2013 6:40 PM GMT
    d11l said
    Chewey_Delt saidLet it be known: I hate your "Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving" kind.

    Alright, so perhaps that's a bit excessive. I don't really hate you. But come on man, at least wait until Thanksgiving Day!

    Come on now, we all have to focus on that time before we started slaughtering the natives.


    Thanksgiving's already over up here ;)
    That post is from 6 years ago! LOL
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 20, 2013 7:01 PM GMT
    RadRTT said
    d11l said
    Chewey_Delt saidLet it be known: I hate your "Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving" kind.

    Alright, so perhaps that's a bit excessive. I don't really hate you. But come on man, at least wait until Thanksgiving Day!

    Come on now, we all have to focus on that time before we started slaughtering the natives.


    Thanksgiving's already over up here ;)
    That post is from 6 years ago! LOL


    That was at the beginning of my time on RJ.... I'm still a big Christmas decorator, but I never get it put up before Thanksgiving usually and while I do have my roof lights up at this moment, they aren't turned on yet.

    Thanks for bringing back this thread...hahahaha

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  • nomad4life

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    Nov 20, 2013 7:58 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidInteresting Timberoo... you know I noticed little trees you can buy at Michaels (Arts and Crafts store)
    with feathers, etc. I was kind of surprised ... you can even get silver trees with lights. I didn't think you could do that.....


    You can get silver with lights. Here's their inspiration
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    Nov 20, 2013 10:20 PM GMT
    Argh. I was pruning a row of fir trees along the road Sunday and the chainsaw kept sucking in abandoned strings of xmas lights that my nieces and/or sister-in-law must have left in there. Little green wires - impossible to see. I spent hours cleaning out the saw and resharpening the chain early.

    Bah humbug!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 20, 2013 10:28 PM GMT
    No, this wasn't my first thread.. my first one was on my excessive pop drinking, but I did ALOT of threads in the beginning so this doesn't surprise me in the least.

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    Nov 20, 2013 10:46 PM GMT
    Christmas is in December, and should remain in December.