Yesterday was Veteran’s Day proper, so we decided to hang the flag out in remembrance. My husband went downstairs to retrieve it, took the kids outside to put it up, as I kept reading and drinking my coffee.
After a bit, I realized that he had been gone a while. A long while. So I ventured downstairs to see what was going on. This is what I saw:
And on the piano in the foyer:
When I finally tracked him to the roof, he called down that it was probably the last warmish day this year and that he wanted to at least get the Christmas lights up along the rooftop before it was covered with snow and ice.
“We’re not turning them on; we’re just putting them up,” he reasoned with me. “After all, Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away.”
I’m torn about this. Of course it makes sense to get on the roof on a warm, clear (albeit windy) day to decorate for Christmas. It’s easier to bend the wire and press the clips into the roofline — not to mention safer — than when it’s a raw and blustery 20 degrees outside. But it’s not even Thanksgiving yet — how can we possibly start decorating for Christmas?
I keep lamenting the fact that Thanksgiving in the U.S. doesn’t get its “propers.” Sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas, it feels more like a transitional holiday — a day to carbo-load for the hectic race through the December parties and to-do lists. I’m appalled that “Black Friday” shopping starts on Thursday — a holiday, for crying out loud. Shouldn’t we be more thankful for all we have? Aren’t we overlooking the significance of that?
But there’s so much to do, and the wanna-be organizer in me longs to get it done. Buy those gifts now and get them wrapped, so in December I’m not wandering the mall, overheated in my winter coat and buffeted about the aisles by people and their carts/strollers/bags. Online shopping after Thanksgiving has saved me from this scenario before and I suspect it will again this year.
I’d like to keep Christmas prep out of my November, but I’d also like to not be crazy trying to get everything done in December. So I’m curious: do you feel this same kind of conundrum or is it just me? How do you balance the holidays around your house? Particularly if you live in a cold climate, when do you decorate outside — or do you?
(I should note — the temperature dropped overnight and the wind chill factor this morning was 17 degrees. I believe S feels vindicated in his decision to decorate early outside.)