Julie's halfway done! This week she wants to know about our Christmas decorations... when do we put them up and is there rhyme or reason for what we do? Check out the link to Julie on my sidebar to see what other participants are doing!
This year is going to be a little different. For the last six or seven years, we've been getting cut Christmas trees from the grocery or a tree lot. We are a little strange - there's always some emotional angst involved when it's time to get rid of the tree. Between that and the expense of those things, I'm buying an artificial tree this year. The last one we had lasted for almost 10 years before it fell apart. A very good investment! They're so good now that they look like real trees. I will make some potpourri that's pine-scented to hang in "ornaments" on interior branches and it'll be almost like the real thing.
Decorating doesn't really get going until around the middle of December. My job and my husband's job keeps us going and exhausted until then. Christmas never really gets started until the middle of December. Thankfully, we don't do much shopping. Presents and stocking stuff for my son. Some token gifts for a couple of people we work with and a token for each other. That's about it. Sometimes we have a good year and can afford to buy for more people (I have a large family) and it's usually books. I gave up on Christmas cards years ago. There's just no way to get them out in time. I thought about aiming for New Year's cards, but that doesn't really work for me either. I take the time to do the family in England, but that's it.
Everything stays up until probably the second week of January, sometimes the end of January. My friend Kelly takes her stuff down the day after Christmas. I'm not that anxious to get it down since I just got it up. Kelly puts hers up Thanksgiving weekend, so I guess she's tired of it by then. I like to enjoy my tree and lights - and really the only chance I get to do it is after Christmas!