Monday, November 11, 2013

Up Goes the Tree!!!


I held out as long as I possibly could, but my Christmas tree and decorations (above) finally went up last Sunday.

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”  ― Norman Vincent Peale

This quote perfectly represents my feelings toward the holiday season. I am a lover of all things Christmas. I usually start listening to Christmas music sometime in early August (much to the chagrin of my co-workers and friends). As odd as it sounds, I get more excited about Christmas the older I get. I have a child-like love for the season and I hope I never lose that.

When do you start getting in the Christmas spirit? When does your tree usually go up??

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  1. I have a strict not until after Thanksgiving rule.

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  2. Oh Keith I think it is wonderful you have a child like quality that gives you so much joy.Nothing wrong with that I also get excited. Good for you. B

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  3. Usually mine is up NOW ... but it has been a busy couple of months ... so we are decorating the weekend before Thanksgiving ... I am like you ... I love EVERYTHING Christmas :) Totally thought of you when I posted a pic of Brookie on FB yesterday morning ... if you see it ... you will get that I love CHRISTMAS *wink* :)

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  4. Tree day for us is either the 3rd or 4th Sunday of Advent, depending how close the 4th Sunday is to Christmas day. I may push to go early this year and go for Advent 3 which will be 15 December. And no taking it down before Twelfth Night! Got to celebrate those full 12 days of Christmas.

    Christmas music is allowed in our house from 1 December but my daughter and I have been making our Christmas cards this year so we've had a sneak preview : )

    PS Love your tree.

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  5. What a lovely display you have created.... Ours won't go up until after the Veterans have had their due. Most years I manage to hold off until Dec 1. We always did the outside the day after Remembrance Day but last year I gave away my outside stuff. We're getting too old and creaky to be out there in the cold putting up and tearing down. The urgency to get Christmas underway is slowly ebbing.

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  6. The weekend after Thanksgiving for me. We don't decorate for any other holiday, but I do like to get through them one at a time.

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  7. Our tree goes up right after Thanksgiving, but I, too, love the whole Christmas season and start on the Christmas music far earlier than anyone else. Good for you!

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  8. Haha That's great, Keith, you'd get on really well with my wife!!! There is usually a bit of a tussle in our house. I feel about 2 weeks before Christmas is the optimum time, but my wife would like them up long before that.
    I LOVE Christmas, as we get older it has become such a special and precious time. It is a time (about a week and a bit) when the door is closed and we snuggle down for time together. A few years back, because finances were really tight, we instituted a no present policy (and home-made pressies for relatives (with them reciprocating). It made such a difference, shifting the emphasis from acquisition to enjoyment, and sharing time. I go up to the wood to collect greenery for the decorations. The tree goes up - for every year we have been married we have bought one decoration, so it is full of festive memories. We also usually buy a special book each to read (anything remotely to do with work is prohibited!!!), eat all the scrumptious jellies and chutneys we've been making all autumn - not to mention the wine, beer and liqueurs that we've been making, go for walks together, doze by the fire.

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  9. Is that your room? What a well ordered and comfortable room, all aglow with lights and decorations. I wish mine looked like that. I not a decorator. Actually I sing Christmas songs year around. I love Jingle Bell Rock and often sing it in July as I work in the garden. It gives me energy and just gets me going. lol

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  10. We usually don't put ours up until maybe a week or two before Christmas. What a beautiful tree you have!

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  11. Never, ever till after Thanksgiving...and they stay up until Epiphany...except now that we head south soon after Christmas, everything has to be put away before we leave. Bugger. That's the price I pay to get thawed out! Oh well...

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  12. Well, because we had a history of heading to the fields of a nearby tree farm to cut down our own tree when the girls were at home, we always waited until December. Fresh trees dry out quickly, regardless of the attempts to keep them watered. I have, however, begun shopping, and even have some presents wrapped! I have to find that radio station in the car that is playing Christmas music already. I will bring out the Christmas china the Friday after Thanksgiving, as well as other little trimmings. Now that we have an artificial tree, it could actually go up on that Friday as well. It appears that you have the perfect spot for your tree. Here - not so much.

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  13. I think I have the Christmas spirit most of the year. There are so many things to be thankful for.

    Our tree goes up after Thanksgiving and comes down after Christmas. There are less and less decorations though. Getting older causes that.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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  14. My Christmas tree goes up 20th of December, because we have orthodox Christmas on January, 7th. I love old tree decoration and try storing it all years.

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  15. Not until after Thanksgiving. Like Sandee, I try to have the XMAS spirit all year long. Don't always succeed, though. Your tree and living room are just lovely.

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  16. oh this seems early Keith, you are indeed a lover of Christmas, lol. I like to get my tree up after say Dec 1.

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  17. Your tree looks beautiful.
    I haven't been in the Christmas spirit since 2009, when I quit doing lots of things.
    Chelsea took over the decorating, though, and asks me to help, so I'll hand her an ornament or two...

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  18. Good for you! You are waaaayyyyy ahead of me. I love Christmas music, but don't get in the Christmas spirit until December.

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  19. I'll probably put my up on the sat after thanksgiving

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  20. We already are. One of my friends mentioned that there were advent calendars at a certain grocery store. The boys and I went, and they got to choose their calendars. Isaak and Mica were walking along going through where each and every number was on the calendar. Isaak was singing Jingle Bells. We got some funny looks, but I say singing is much better than having a screaming, crying kid. Usually my kids are pretty good at stores; minus them not watching where they are going.

    Mica's been asking to put our tree up since Nov. 1.

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  21. Every day of the year is a good one, to welcome the Christ child and the message of his birth.

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  22. LOL! That's awesome. This year I started feeling Christmasy about a month ago. It's been a transition, feeling like it's that time of year without fall or snow. (It's only taken 5 years.) We always get our Christmas out the day after Thanksgiving, although we've definitely already started the shopping. I LOVE Christmas.

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  23. The tree goes up here the day after Thanksgiving because hubby won't let us do it one day earlier, hahaha. I had my Christmas music going yesterday. Your enthusiasm is contagious!

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  24. That time of year already! This year has flown by!

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  25. Yay!! I'm not the only crazy Christmas person! Ours has been known to go up as early as the first week in November, but it's always up before Thanksgiving. We're a little late this year, what with planning our move and all, but it will be up soon! And yes, we WILL take it down and set it back up when we move :) Merry Christmas!!
    ~April

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  26. Decorating for Christmas is one of my absolute favorite things to do! Love your decorations!

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  27. haha you waste no time at all there at your hall, I'm as lazy as can be, I simply go home where there is already a tree. No muss no fuss for me.

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  28. I always used to have it up for a few weeks before Christmas, in the last few years, I am lucky to get it up a few days before. I used to love the holidays for baking, relaxing and watching old shows. Not as easy with having to work through most of them because I work in payroll. I am going to make more of an effort this year though:)

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  29. sorry. not gonna join you, but enjoy it all you can!

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  30. I love real trees with the real smell, and since they don't last that long, we usually put ours up on Christmas week.

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  31. It's good that you have that childlike feeling about it. And that you enjoy the season.

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  32. Wow, you are early. Your tree is beautiful and I love that Christmas village. I usually start to decorate a few weeks before Christmas as my life is rather hectic. I love Christmas and my tree stays on until after January 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany.

    JB

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  33. Beautiful! We put our tree up 2 or 3 weeks before Christmas, but I start listening to Christmas music right after Thanksgiving. I have some kind of self-imposed "rule" that I can't listen to it until after Thanksgiving. Maybe I'll loosen up on that this year. :-)

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  34. You decorated for Christmas in October? I don't do "holidays" - any of them, ever. Manufactured, synthetic nonsense.

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  35. Haha, I don't know why I'm laughing but it's SO EARLY! I'm a "Bah Humbug" kind of person whenever I see anything related to Christmas prior to Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my favorite and it really gets glossed right over.

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  36. I am really fortunate.
    I have double celebrations: Winter Solstice for me, then shortly after, Christmas for the rest of my family!
    As for the tree and decorations...I am seriously out voted. They go up on Christmas Eve. Much to my disdain, there is no negotiation on that matter! Haha:D

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  37. "Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”  ― Norman Vincent Peale

    I just can't help but to think of all those kids that don't get anything for Christmas, there's nothing very magical about that. I apologize for seeming like a downer but I can't take sweeping generalizations about the happy Christmas season. I've never learned to feel good while things crumble around me.

    That is a nice tree though...

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  38. I'm so used to hearing about the cool people who hate Christmas and all it represents that it is rather refreshing to have you 'fess up to loving it! Good for you Keith! Your room looks fab, I especially like those little houses with lights in on the side. You've made me start to feel a bit Christmassy too! :)

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  39. My tree goes up the week before Christmas and comes down New's Year's week. As a children we thought Santa brought the tree and the gifts getting up on Christmas morning was quite a surprise. Dark, lovely lights and gifts. Mom playing carols on the piano.

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  40. I love that you're excited and make no bones about it! Just because the retail world has ruined a wonderful holiday, doesn't mean we still can't enjoy the feelings and fun of Christmas. It's all about the heart, not the hype, after all...

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  41. I love the festivity of the season, and the magic never abandons us - no matter how old we grow.
    .....but I've never listened to Christmas music in August.......

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  42. Doesn't feel like it's nearly Christmas for me yet. Your tree looks great though. Perhaps I will use it for some inspiration.

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  43. Keith, you did a great job of decorating! It looks beautiful and festive. But I cannot think about, or entertain any ideas about Christmas, until Thanksgiving is past. I have a strict "one holiday at a time" policy. I know, I'm too rigid...I should relax. :)

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  44. wow keith...you are ahead of the curve....we wait til the day after thanksgiving...my wife was a ballerina so it takes a bit to put up a gazillion nutcrackers...ha.....my wife, if she hears about this will def want me to start putting it up now...

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  45. We actually don't really put a tree up in my dads but my mum puts hers up sometime in December I think. I know in America you tend to do it either after Thanksgiving or Veterans Day but things are a lot more mixed over here. Outside displays tend to go up around December time but that's understandable because those displays can't be cheap to run.

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  46. I understand how you feel, perfectly well. I am an atheist but love Christmas. I love it as the best cultural event ever - the build up to it, the lights, the music, the decorations. Long may it continue

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  47. I think I start getting in the Christmas spirit in December because my Christmas tree usually goes up on December 8th (just a day before my birthday lol). I am Christian and I like Christmas, but my family is a bit complicated and that makes it hard for me to enjoy appreciate Christmas like I should.

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  48. We love this time of year! Our tree will be up Thanksgiving weekend. :)
    Your home is beautiful!

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  49. I can feel your excitement about Christmas from here. You make me think of my son who is a Personal Trainer. He LOVES Christmas-time! He even does his weight-training to Christmas carols at this time of year. lol Love your tree and the cute gingerbread man on the wall and the snowman. I have a thing for snowmen which is weird considering I live in a sub-tropical climate and we just don't get snow, EVER! Our tradition is that the Christmas tree goes up on December 1st and must be down before the New Year otherwise it's bad luck. hehehe Sadly, we won't be able to have a floor tree this year as, with my other son moving back home, I had to squeeze all his furniture into the house and there is absolutely no room. I plan to buy a table-top tree though but I'm a little saddened as I won't be able to hang ALL the tree ornaments which I hand-painted. Btw, your room looks beautifully decorated. In my younger years, I always got excited about Christmas, but then I started to feel it was too commercialised. Now, that I have Grandkids, I can feel my excitement returning as I watch their reaction to it all. :)

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  50. Lovely photo, Keith! I try to be in the Christmas spirit year round. :)

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  51. It's the 12th of November. Surely not a tree yet.

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  52. I LOVE Christmas as well and that quote is one of my faves! My tree goes up Thanksgiving evening, every single year. I can never wait longer than that!

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  53. You really got a jump start on the holiday season. We put our tree up the day after Thanksgiving.

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  54. I've never been a fan of the holidays, any of them. I put up with decorating and having family over because my other family members want to do it. I will not put up any decorations or a tree until December 1st. I try to keep all my hum bug feelings to myself and let my family enjoy the holiday but inside I'm just wishing for it to be over already.

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  55. yaay! i like to wait on christmas until after tgiving because i LOVE it.

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  56. You definitely need to come to Germany then :) The Christmas sweets start being sold at the end of August! :D
    I usually have my last exam of the semester a week before Christmas - after that I finally find the time to decorate everything. So can't wait for that to be over so I can decorate at the end of November and make cookies again ;)
    Your room looks great, puts me in a Christmas-y mood, too :) And I love that quote!

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  57. I'm on your side Keith! ALL of my decs and the tree are up much to the chagrin of my friends and family as they are all quite rigid with the Aussie tradition of nothing going up until the 1st December! I just go with that Christmassy feeling. I even bought a new doorbell that plays all Christmas carols!

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  58. It is wonderful to see your inner child is alive and well. Your place looks delightful and so cherry. Once I allowed a cat to share my home, decorations had to be enjoyed at other peoples homes. Sigh.

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  59. Lovely. Since i put up a live tree, i wait until the first of the month to go cut it down so that it is still green on Christmas morning.

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  60. Oh hell, I don't do anything. But, August, you are a funny man Keith, ha ha.

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  61. We do not put up a Christmas Tree, but we do join friends and coworkers in celebrations. When our kids were younger one of neighbours used to dress up like Santa and we would hide gifts ( that we bought) under an evergreen bush outside our house. Then he would pick up the gifts, ring the door bell and act like he brought the gifts in. As the kids grew up they knew that it was Mr.Rifkin , but they still pretended that he was Santa. Then he moved away to Florida to retire. .
    Later all the neighboring ladies would pitch in to buy gifts for kids whose parents got the "pink slip) from IBM.

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  62. You rock, Keith! I love the fact that you are already in such a christmassy mood! :)

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  63. I bought a poinsettia today - does that count?

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  64. Our tree goes up sometime after Thanksgiving. When I was growing up, my sister's birthday was in the first week of December. Our tree never went up until after her birthday.

    I done most of my Christmas shopping, but I'm not in the Christmas spirit yet.

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  65. Ack! That should be "I've done" not "I done". Color me embarrassed.

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  66. August, are you kidding? I have not begun to think about Christmas yet.. I might think more about the first week of December. Your tree is pretty!

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  67. Cool picture! :) In Greece, I used to decorate 1-2 weeks before Christmas. Here, I think I'll do it towards the end November.

    Enjoy your Christmas-y November!

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  68. i like the gingerbread man on the wall!

    less excitement each year as boys get older & more cynical... it isnt as much fun decorating just for me & they think its a chore... but fam coming this year so it will be bigger & better & worth it! soon!

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  69. I do adore the Christmas spirit...but I don't decorate until early December. Your home looks really cozy ;-)

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  70. I love Christmas! It is my favourite holiday of the year. I will probably start the holiday decorating December 1st.

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  71. When Mrs. Penwasser walks into the bedroom wearing her favorite nightie.
    Oh. You meant 'tree.'
    In that case, the day after Thanksgiving.

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  72. We normally wait until the end of November ~ You are early Keith ~ Enjoy the scenes & music & spirit of Christmas, smiles ~

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  73. I love it!!! Usually I wait until Thanksgiving to put up Christmas decorations but I feel like they need to go up early this year because Thanksgiving is so late. I don't know if I'll actually get around to decorating before then, but I think I will be listening to Christmas music by the end of the week. The songs are already caught in my head and the novel that I'm writing for NaNoWriMo is a Christmas book. :)

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  74. Well, it's never been this early, lol! Traditionally, it's about the third week of November and stays up til about January 6-ish.

    I love the lights! I've always loved lights and the smell of pine. Carols are always beautiful and peaceful.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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  75. Go Keith!!! See, this just helps me feel better about putting my tree up early! I even went to get decorations this wkd at Ikea (they have lots of nice stuff!!!) Now I really can,t wait to put everything up. I'm waiting a bit *just in case* our house sells and i have to move last minute...but I will know within a few weeks. If we're not moving before Christmas, my tree is going up in a week or 2.

    I had lost my joy of Christmas... until I found it again last year. I realized that a lot of it had to do with the silliness of commercial stress. So I ditched that completely (forever!) and I've also joined my church's Christmas choir. Last year's holiday season was absolutely wonderful, and I expect this year's to be even more magical :)

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  76. Oh. My. You are too funny. We decorate around the first of December and put the tree up about then. The outside of the house depends on what the weather is doing. If it's still nice Thanksgiving weekend we put the light up outside. Same for taking them down. About 7 years ago we didn't take the lights down outside until about St. Patricks Day. It snowed just about every week. We couldn't have found half of the lights if we wanted to. We undecorate the house about the end of December. I also turn on the Christmas music channel on DirectTV about the same time.

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  77. Hopefully, I'll put a tree up this year ... two g'kids and that's the fun... I enjoy letting the kids decorate and sing and bake cookies... all that good stuff.

    I like to wait until a couple of weeks before Christmas day ... I like it special. Special in the sense that Santa is magic and Christmas is a magical time for renewing and acknowledging the kid in all of us.

    I enjoy the fun gift giving and cookies and hugging and pinwheels and princess wands ... throughout the year … Easter … May Day … July 4th … all the fun holidays … plus it was great fun being off work for such and out of school … making snow ice cream … sugar cookies and gingerbread kids and Rudolph and Gene Autry singing about him … and jingle bells. I like jingle bells.

    … Giving because it's fun ... not because of obligatory 'have to's' ... I dislike immensely being around people at holidays that I do not like. I did it for years ... always depressing ... why? well... there's a reason a lot of us left home at 18 and visited family on 'special occasions' ... don't get me started on inlaws ….. don't do it.

    buying gifts that were returned or a polite thank you ... bah humbug... bunch of nonsense … spending money to show whoever that you had a good financial year? or afraid to 'look' as though you didn't have a good financial year?

    toward the end of all this madness… I told family, friends, co-workers, inlaws and various people I may have had sex with … I am done with buying Christmas gifts…

    We did though at work have fun stuff… we 'girls' would have a party and the maximum amount of like $5 …. Hilarious with what we came up with… we drew names … everyone brought their favorite dish they made .. I was assigned napkins and such …. not a cook. We'd get drunk and sing and dance and talk about guys and, well … that's fun.

    My point is and there really is one to this essay … no one really THOUGHT about a gift… just obligatory stuff and lots of money spent on stuff that no one liked….

    boo and hiss on that stuff. same thing with Thanksgiving … I say thank you every morning and every night … I'd just soon go to Waffle House or get a Marie Callendar's frozen something or other and dance with the animals… cats don't like it. however, I consider that to be their problem...

    It's been since 2007 and I don't miss a single gathering… nary a one. However … I have heard tell of families who actually enjoy each other … and that's the bomb!

    Christmas is for kids and I'm a kid at 70 ... don 't need no stinkin Black Fridays or credit card filling stuff once a year to embrace my inner kid. What's that saying … if you haven't grown up by the time you're 50… you don't have to… don't know where that rule came from … but I like it and agree.

    I'm not religious so ... that holds no meaning, however, I'm for the spirit of Christmas which is .... ready??? luv.... plain and simple ... spreading the cheer of giving a rat's patoo ... I like the idea of giving something to someone who doesn't have anything ... and doing it anonymously.

    BUT then I'm damn near perfect ....

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  78. Keith, dude,

    When does my tree go up? I really could go into innuendo overdrive with that one! :) The last moment possible. Happy Boxing Day Eve.

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  79. Wow, yours is the earliest besdes the stores that I have seen go up. I don't usually put on up until December 1st. The outside lights usually on Thanksgiving. Not the Griswold kind, just a few.

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  80. I don't usually put up the tree until December. A few lights inside. I like to go into town and look at all the lights....I also like when it snows on Christmas.

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  81. Wow, so soon! What about Turkey Day?
    We usually put up a tree on the last week of December, because my family celebrates New Years Eve and like most families celebrate Christmas. I don't plan on putting up a tree this year though.

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  82. It looks great!! I try to wait until December, but I have already been thinking about how I am going to decorate.

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  83. i don't celebrate christmas, but some of family are. we only don't have a buddist among us. my grandma used to put up christmas decoration in early december.

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  84. Ah - it looks wonderful! I wait until Advent and Lucia though before putting up the decorations.

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  85. I love your child-like enthusiasm! We put our tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving. One holiday at a time for me! xo Karen

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  86. Oh my goodness, Keith, you are far ahead of me. I am the kind of person who decorates for Christmas after Thanksgiving. And, shortly after New Years I take 'Christmas' down.

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  87. I'm planting paper white bulbs this week...that's the first step toward Christmas this year...along with church choir rehearsals (I sing in the choir) that give us time to practice our Christmas songs.

    Every year, I design a different Christmas...that's the real fun of it...it takes time and some of the time, I don't accomplish the dream but it's OK...the house is packed with visitors from afar and I just start whipping up pancakes.

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  88. oh you wonderful man, as soon as Halloween is over, although I don't celebrate that...actually from everything I've researched for the past twenty if not thirty years, points to the Fact that Jesus was born in Late Fall, and it makes such sense when you consider the incredible beauty of Fall. Christmas was originally a Pagan Holiday, than became a Winter Solstice or Vice Verca, or Christmas so we may celebrate on the Dec 25 and that's ok that would Have made Jesus a few months old..lol so immediately i decorate, I love yours, how very cozy...do you have a house or live in an apt...? either way it's so beautiful

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  89. We start the count down with an Advent Calendar - ours is cloth one with a small figure in a pocket for each day. The middle of the Calendar is a tree where all the figures are eventually hung. I make up a story about the characters as each day goes by - I've done this for almost as long as I have had kids - we call it the Pocket Stories. The star is a reindeer call "Number 37"!

    Each to their own!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  90. we'll get a living tree from Crafty Green Boyfriend's Mum and we'll probably put it up in the middle of December. Then the tree will go back to CGB's Mum's garden until we use it again next year

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  91. I am such a lover of all holidays and after some thought I guess I would say equally. So...my ritual is to decorate for Christmas during the Thanksgiving weekend. It's so much trouble to go to for just a month but I love it!!! I really enjoyed seeing your space...looks so cozy and wonderful!!!

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  92. How beautifully you've decorated the tree.
    We don't really celebrate Christmas here but yes, I too enjoy that happy-happy feeling around the festival.. :)

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  93. Your tree is beautiful! I am dying to get ours... we've always waited until after thanksgiving but I'm thinking that might have to change this year!

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  94. Sting's "If on a winters night". Already started listening to that last month!
    The quote you posted rings true, doesn't it? Seems like Christmas time is softer and more beautiful, despite the hustling around shopping and the traffic! Ha! My excitement comes at picking out the perfect "real" tree. ;)

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  95. Keith, I think you and I would be great friends if we lived closer. Not many people can hold the wonder of the holiday and openly express their excitement for it well into adulthood. I have such a huge smile looking at all your lovely decorations.

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  96. Very cute...I love that you love Christmas...I am not so much into decorating our own place (even though we do) as I am into the whole season...so much to be grateful for...the trees, the music, the lights are all icing on the cake...You have a lovely tree and I agree that one must enjoy that tree for as long as possible.

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  97. This is awesome! Good for you. I also get pretty excited (some years more than others). This is a year for excitement so I say, bring it on!

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  98. The first or second weekend of December ;)

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  99. It gives me a warm feeling to see your photo.

    Yikes, I only have a few weeks before Hanukah...started to prep for that. My family in LA celebrates both, so I kind of do too.

    xoRobyn

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  100. Keith
    You are as mad as a box of gay frogs
    Lol
    Xmas decorations SHOULD be put up 14th of December
    Lol

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  101. It's such a life-affirming holiday --each household keeps Christmas in its own way. When our kids were little we held off decorating until the week before because they would get jittery from external commercial pressure and improved with normalcy at home. We still keep it simple, or try to.

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  102. We're still holding out... :-) Beautiful tree.

    Greetings from London.

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  103. Since moving to Australia, I don't really get into the Christmas spirit. I think this is partially a coping mechanism for homesickness, but also, it's summer and doesn't feel like Christmas at all.

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  104. Christmas music in August? Wow you are hardcore! Haha. I think it's awesome that you are so into Christmas, but I like to wait until after Thanksgiving to go all out :)

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  105. I start getting the holiday spirit right about now. I am planning a little party for my roommates and I! However, with all of the commercialism I feel it takes away from the meaning of the season a little bit. Still love it!

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  106. The tree generally goes up the weekend after Thanksgiving, which this year is the first Sunday of Advent. I love some Christmas albums, especially Windham Hill's instrumental selections and often decorate the tree with it playing.

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  107. Our tree usually goes up around the 1st weekend in December, but this year I'm not sure. All of our children are far away, no one will be here for the holidays, so I'm not sure if I'm really going to be in the mood to drag it all out. Some years are like that, I find. However, we're hosting Christmas Eve for parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, etc. so I'm going to have to get in gear at some point! The earlier the better because it's a lot of work, and I like to have plenty of time to enjoy it! I'm forcing myself to hold off on the Pandora Christmas music at least until Thanksgiving. But I can see you've given in months ago, my friend...

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  108. Never. As late as possible. - scroogie

    But your room looks very homey.

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  109. I am *not* showing this post to my wife :)

    Although I have to admit, the older I get, the more neat Christmas is... and why is that, I wonder (there's a question for readers :)

    Cheers and (ah who cares...) ho! ho! ho! :)

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  110. I need your help.Where may i mail you?

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    1. Of course! You can reach me by email at keith_wynn@hotmail.com

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  111. Too soon for me, Keith! Thanksgiving first then Christmas. I don't make a fuss over the holidays as I used to. They sometimes cause a bit of stress. Will keep it low key this year and focus on what's important ... gratitude, kindness. Love your decorations! :)

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  112. We usually put our tree up as soon as it's December. It's always so exciting, bringing down the tree and the boxes of decorations that have been waiting a whole year. Many of those decorations have been around since I was a baby! Christmas truly is a special time :)

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  113. I'm hoping to regain my childlike love for Christmas once I've graduated - the only thing that comes to mind during the Christmas hols is, "I need to study - I have exams in less than a month!" :(
    It'll be nice to never have to think about exams ever again. But, til 2016, bah humbug!

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  114. When you get ready to have kids, your kids will be the luckiest ones around! A dad that starts celebrating Christmas in August is the coolest! :o)

    I start getting into the spirit this time of year, but it's more of just a mindset thing. The real celebrating begins after Thanksgiving when we put up the tree and start watching Christmas movies every week!

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  115. We usually start getting the house decorated after Thanksgiving. We haven't had a tree in many years. Every year I make plans to work on the Christmas Card list by My birthday (in August) but I never get it done.

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  116. I start decorating thanksgiving week. I also have a childlike wonder about Christmas. I love the warmth, the lights and the sparkle. I'm getting more excited just thinking about it. . . . . . . Thanks Keith!!!

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  117. I also love the holidays. I have been planing them since summer. It is never to early to start.

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  118. I do love Christmas - we will be in New Zealand in the sun but I love everything about trees snow and glitter

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  119. Oh my! That is beautiful! You are definitely in the spirit. We put ours up sometime after Thanksgiving, usually the day after. After 35 years of living in Chicagoland, it still feels different to have a green Christmas season in Hawaii.

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  120. Oh, yes. As a quilter, I have been making an abundance of gifts for our church bazaar, and gifts for family. That started in September. Tree goes up around Thanksgiving. Need to do some room changes to accommodate it. Our gr-kids will help us put the ornaments on. The bottom half of the tree will be decked out.

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  121. Ohhhhh... it's beautiful, Keith! I love it! We usually decorate right after Thanksgiving... I like to enjoy the season for as long as I can. Magic.

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  122. Oh dear - our tree doesn't go up until 18th December or later and it comes down on Twelfth Night - 6th January - bad luck thereafter . . .

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  123. Hi Keith! I totally love your decorations. I'm so excited for Christmas. I love everything about it too! People around me normally groan at the mention of Christmas, but I just can't wait! I don't have my tree up yet, but I'll probably get to it this weekend or the next.

    Thanks for sharing that quote, it's beautiful. :)

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  124. I share your child like appreciation however it's hard for me to get into the spirit, mostly because of our weather. If I lived in a cold climate that stuff would start coming out November first with the tree probably going up the day after Thanks Giving. - Your tree and decorations are beautiful, enjoy them!!!!!

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  125. I love your enthusiasm Keith. Very sweet. I wait until the first weekend of December to put up the tree. I don't usually like to focus on Christmas until December, but this year my blog's holiday gift guide is forcing me to think about gifts early! :)

    Jo
    http://www.womaninreallife.blogspot.ca/

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  126. Crumpets Keith - round about crumpet time .... lots of butter, large log fire, good company and Christmas time.

    Wonderful ... as JoKnows says I love your enthusiasm .. and you've beaten us all to the winning post ... Usually the last couple of weeks before Christmas .. party time, catch-up time, Carol Service and then gathering our wits for Christmas ...

    Cheers I am around .. but I get lost in the melee of all your friends!!! Happy Christmas - or is that too early?! Wonderful to see .. Hilary

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  127. Awww, your tree looks so cute! I only started to feel in the festive mood a few days ago when I had a gingerbread latte! We don't normally put our tree up until we break up for the Xmas hols which is about a week before! :-)

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  128. Christmas is a very fun holiday! Probably I will wait till after Thanksgiving to put up my tree. This year, I want to go to a Christmas tree farm to get my tree! Your living room looks very pretty and festive!

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  129. Our tree goes up around the week before Christmas and always comes down on Twelfth Night. Your tree looks very pretty and it is good to see bright sparkling lights on dark evenings.

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  130. Beautiful! Think I will start the Christmas music now!! I'm starting to decorate for Christmas too, the tree won't go up until after Thanksgiving though.

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  131. Wow! That is seriously early! Ours goes up usually the first week or two of December, and comes down the first few days after Christmas because a tree after Christmas is just so depressing. I am kind of meh on the holiday, as I find it hugely stressful (I prefer Thanksgiving: all the good stuff with no consumer pressure) but my teenage daughter loves, loves, loves Christmas. She is like you: sings carols in August, no time is too early for the tree. I just bought both my kids Advent calendars; if only they had a 100-day version!

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  132. i'm looking forward to read more about your celebration :)

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  133. I'm a scrooge with a capital S. been there done that, now I just like quiet country roads and animals.

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  134. i used to have you beat---i am so glad to hear someone excited about it all--looks so lovely :)

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  135. This look absolutely beautiful! I love Christmas and all the stuff, decore, food, baking , toys lol
    We put the Christmas tree normally when begin Advent , maybe next week!!

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  136. Good for you! Our older son gets all excited about Christmas, too, and has started putting up decorations already. His new house is enormous, and they're thinking about putting up a twelve-foot tree this year. Truth is, he gets more excited than his wife and children do.

    The Christmas spirit is so beautiful, I don't see any reason why we shouldn't try to maintain it all year long.

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  137. I remember you putting your tree up early last year, Keith. I can't believe I've been following you for that long!

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  138. Ideally the tree waits until Christmas Eve - a few days earlier if I am working.
    Going up earlier this year...
    Anna :o]

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  139. I'll get into the Christmas mood when Steam sales start.

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  140. Oh my goodness...no, not yet...it comes too soon, and goes too fast! Taking a deep breath here, hoping to keep up through it all. Enjoy. Aloha

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  141. My tree and decorations aren't allowed to go up until after my daughter's late November birthday, She set the rule when she was four and didn't want to share her birthday with Christmas.

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  142. I was a little taken aback to find you'd FINALLY put up your tree when mine rarely goes up until some time in December, but I am SO with you on the 'appreciating Xmas more the older I get' thing!

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  143. Ok...this may be the part where you dislike me a little bit. I get very, very grumpy when anyone or a store, etc. puts up decorations before December 1. I just...it seems too early. SORRY! In my family, we always put up the tree and all the decorations around the first week of Dec. We have a tree much like yours...ours is silver and goes back generations. We even have a little color wheel for it! I send out my Christmas cards around the second or um...third week of December. As for shopping, I am almost all done. I start in October and it's easy because we have very hard and fast rules. Our daughter gets spoiled rotten by our friends who visit every year from Chicago, so we keep it small. She gets one large gift (tickets to go see this band called Mayday Parade that she loves this year) and one small one: a new dress from Delias. And stocking stuffers. Bing and I get one small gift for each other. This year, I bought her a small wooden owl for her bird collection. We get a flower of the month for our friends from Chicago every year and for Liv's father will get a first edition book by Walt Whitman. That is it...so all done, except for our dog. Yes, we buy a gift for our dog. I never thought we would be THAT family, but we are. As far as Christmas dinner, I am making my famous ham and bean soup for dinner on Christmas Eve and my daughter and her Father are making a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings for Christmas Day.

    But...a tree up before THANKSGIVING? Are you nuts?

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  144. I love all of you Christmas decorations! Christmas is my favorite time of the year!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/

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  145. Wow, I thought I was the early bird! Thanksgiving..or a day or two before, absolute earliest. But I start thinking about it before Halloween because Christmas is my most favorite holiday!

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  146. Your tree is beautiful. I love Chritmas too but we don't put the tree up till the weekend after Thansgiving. Then it comes down the weekend of New Years.

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  147. Your tree is lovely.
    As I see people putting up their trees
    I am getting excited for the holidays.


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  148. Putting up a Christmas tree is just for me as hubby is Jewish and I have no family to celebrate with, but I still love to at least put up a couple small trees-right after Thanksgiving I decorate a bit for me-

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  149. Keith, your tree and your room look lovely!!!
    We usually put the tree up on Christmas Eve and keep it well into January. But I agree that having those lights on brings so much joy in the bleak days of winter. I love Christmas, but I'm not looking forward too much to the Quebec winter... :-)

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  150. Your Christmas tree looks so beautiful with good decoration. In our house is still not yet put. Putting a Christmas tree is a great work here.

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  151. Love the decor! I love Christmas, there's always the magical quality to it that stems from the years of growing up celebrating it with family and friends, opening presents and listening to the nativity story. I can't say when exactly I get into the Christmas spirit, but Christmas is totally "here" when the cookie baking and Christmas music playing begins.

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  152. That is wonderful, Keith, and your home looks all the cozier for it! My motto is do what moves you and makes you happy....may you always retain your child-like qualities of wonder and joy...what gifts those are!
    I hum Christmas carols throughout the year too... ;)

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  153. I think that's great that the older you get the more excited you get about Christmas! I think we are going to shop for a tree the last weekend of this month. We usually get a small tree, since we have a small space. And my significant other gets great joy out of putting up his Christmas village of houses. If I can find my Elvis Christmas CD, I will definitely play it here and there. Joy! Joy! Joy! for the season! : )

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  154. Wishing you and your readers peace and many blessings this holiday season. ❅

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  155. We don't celebrate Christmas nor have a tree; however, as a teacher, I have beautiful ornaments that kids have given me through the ages. Every year I cover my classroom in beautiful Christmas decorations.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  156. What a beautiful tree!! I have to admit, I've started listening to Christmas music already (I can't help it - it's playing on the radio), but we usually don't deck the halls until after Thanksgiving. It's just our tradition! :)

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  157. Oh... what a lovely tree! I adore Christmas and -like you- I am a lover of all things Christmas, I was born the Christmas eve so I usually say that I born with the Christmas spirit inside me... I am starting already to feel that spirit who is singing and dancing and smiling, and I am starting to feel more joyful because to me Christmas is a state of mind, about feeling peaceful and kind. Many times (in particular when I was younger) I haven´t had the chance to celebrate Christmas as I wanted, but now I am understanding that the most important thing is that every single time I have cultivated that spirit. Now I try to keep on doing it but also to have the things I like about this season, I have many rituals -so to say- linked to it: music, candles, some foods, my Christmas village which is displayed all year long is lighted only along December... but I don´t start too soon, advent time is the time I start to think about Christmas, which has also a deep spiritual meaning to me.

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