It's beginning to look a lot like my house anyway

I did it, I admit!  Go ahead and slap the cuffs on me because I am guilty as charged.  I, Kayla Christine, have committed the ultimate crime....this weekend, I decorated my house for Christmas.

I know, I know!  Go ahead and grab your torch and pitch forks everybody.  I am expecting the mob at my door any day now.  But to be quite honest, I do not care and have no shame in my premature Christmas spirit.

Although I have now heard the ever present "It's way too early for that" comment more than I care to mention, I think it is time I share my thoughts on just why it is okay for you to decorate your house for Christmas, even before you gobble down your turkey.

Aerial-ish view of our decorated home
5 Reasons Why It's Okay to Celebrate Christmas Early 

5. Stocked Shelves

Okay, this reason is a bit selfish, but its value holds true.  Have you ever noticed that a few days after Thanksgiving the selection of decorations on the store shelves goes from fully stocked to looking like a looting victim during the zombie apocalypse?  I am talking bare shelves, everywhere!

Since the husband and I purchased our first house this year, my mind has been set on Christmas decorating since we closed.  I have a staircase meant to be wrapped in garland, and vaulted ceilings that a big tree could stretch out to.  Needless to say, I wanted to get the best decorations while they were still on the shelves.

My DIY Christmas Wreath
4. DIY

If you know me, even remotely, you understand my obsession with all things DIY.  In fact, I would say 90% of my house is decorated with objects I crafted together by hand.  My favorite store is Hobby Lobby and, of course, their Christmas materials are 50% off...always.

If you are the same, Christmas is a time to let your creative juices flow.  Get out there and start making those decorative masterpieces, and don't let anyone shame you in to thinking it is not okay.  A little creativity never hurt anyone, a lot only helps.

3. Be Thankful

Just because I have already begun my Christmas decorating does not mean I am in any way diminishing the wonderful holiday of Thanksgiving.  In fact, Thanksgiving is one of the days I look most forward to all year long.  While I do love food, Thanksgiving goes beyond the turkey and stuffing.  It even surpasses my mother's glorious, cheesy mashed potatoes (which is saying a lot).

Each year, I am coming to realize exactly how much I truly have to be thankful for.  Both my husband and I have wonderful jobs, we are healthy, fit, have a beautiful roof over our heads, a sweet pup and a family to love us unconditionally.  Seriously, even writing this right now my mind is blown.  We are so blessed! 

So what does this have to do with Christmas decorations?  Simple.  Call it an optical illusion, but with those white lights twinkling, garland gracing my staircase and fire blazing in the fireplace, it makes my house truly beautiful.  So much so that I don't mind (as much) that there is dog hair in the carpet, or my husband left his muddy boots in the middle of the hallway for the millionth time.  My house is beautiful and is something I would be proud to have guests in.  Be it for an informal visit, a weekend stay, or even to host a Thanksgiving meal.

2. Time With My Husband/Family

Some of my fondest memories growing up revolve around my family and I getting together to decorate the tree each year.  Playfully arguing with my brother over which ornament is mine to hang and who gets the honor of placing the angel atop the tree.  Singing along to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Silent Night.  Drinking hot chocolate and cider.  No, this is not the script for the next Hallmark Original Christmas Movie, this is seriously how I remember Christmas growing up.

Now that I am older and starting a family of my own, I have transitioned from decorating with my parents and siblings to decorating with my husband.  Although he may moan that it is too much work to string the lights to the house or carry the Christmas tree up from the basement, I know he does it playfully.  Because, inside, Christmas means as much to him as it does to me.

We have started the tradition of picking an ornament each Christmas season that symbolizes something special that happened to us that year.  Last year was our marriage, this year a house.  Who knows where we will be next year?  But it is this little tradition that means so much to me.  It is time spent with my spouse picking something out together, laughing about what the year has brought us and pondering what will come next.

We talk about each other's day as we piece together the tree and we laugh as we reminisce over each of our ornaments.  Dan takes pride in his Buzz Lightyear and Woody ornaments, while I brag about the handmade Popsicle stick Christmas tree I made in Sunday school when I was five.  I spend time with him every day, but it is so nice to have something like Christmas to make our time together more special.

These are the moments I truly live for.  There is something so magical about getting to decorate our home for Christmas together.  I know that when I am 90 years old, I will think back to this special time in our lives and smile.  So then, why wait?

Dan bravely hanging lights on our roof

1. It's All About a Baby 

Perhaps the most important reasoning and justification I find behind my early celebration is the fact that, as a Christian woman, I believe the true meaning of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  This is something that can, and should, be celebrated all year round.  It is usually at this point in my argument when someone feels the need to point out that Christmas is an overly commercialized holiday whose trees, mistletoe and stockings hung over the chimney with care have literally nothing to do with the birth of Jesus.  I am going to give that point a big "no duh" right now, but perhaps I can explain.

Each night I thank God for my blessings and ask forgiveness for my sins.  I pray for the people I love, like and even only tolerate.  Daily prayer has been a part of my life for nearly 20 years, but it has become just that, a routine.  Although I would like to say I celebrate the birth of our Lord every day, I know that would not be true.  It is simply too easy to get caught up in the every day routine of housework, a career, social and family time to try and remember what I have to be most thankful for. In many ways, decorating my house for Christmas serves as a great reminder of what the season truly is about.  A chance to sit back and fully appreciate my blessings.

Yes, I know that to some people a Christmas tree is just a shelter for their presents.  I know that the lights on the outside of my house will just raise my electric bill.  And YES, I know Jesus was not born on December 25th.  But this holiday is the best reminder of one perfect, and glorious fact, he was born!  So, when I put up my tree and I hang those lights, I am not thinking about what presents I will get for Christmas, or how much eggnog I can put away without gaining any weight.  I am thinking about Christ.  A fact that, no matter what time of year, is something to be celebrated, cherished, and yes, decorated for.
My "Charlie Brown" tree in the basement.



  1. This is the most perfect thing I have read in a while. Really, though. You have nailed why Christmas is so important and why so many of us love to decorate early! Your home is beautiful without the decorations, too!

    To your point about the lights... I actually had a friend once point out that Christmas lights are a symbol of the Light of the World coming to us. So screw the electricity bill!

  2. Thank you so much, Katie. It is so nice to know people who have the same feelings toward Christmas as I do. And I absolutely LOVE your light comment. What a wonderful and unique way to think about Christmas lights. They truly are symbolic!

  3. At this special time of year, we all renew our sense of wonder in recalling the story of the first Christmas in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. Some celebrate Christmas as the birthday of a great and good philosopher and teacher. Others of us believe in the divinity of the Child born in Bethlehem, that he was and is the promised Prince of Peace. Yes, we questioned why he who could perform miracles chose to come among us as a helpless babe, but maybe that was his first miracle, his first great lesson that we should learn to care for one another.
    Tonight, in millions of American homes, the glow of the Christmas tree is a reflection of the love Jesus taught us. Like the shepherds and wise men at that first Christmas, we Americans have always tried to follow a higher light, a star, if you will. At lonely campfire vigils along the frontier, in the darkest days of the Great Depression, through war and peace, the twin beacons of faith and freedom have brightened the American sky. At times, our footsteps may have faltered, but trusting in God's help, we've never lost our way. So let this holiday season be for us a time of rededication. Christmas means so much because of One Special Child. Ronald Reagan 12/23/81


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