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"It's not what's under the Christmas tree that matters, it's who's around it." — Charlie Brown in "A Charlie Brown Christmas" by Charles M. Schulz.

I enjoy both Thanksgiving and Christmas. I decorate my house for fall and Thanksgiving around September 1st. I usually decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. HOWEVER, this year, I want to decorate now (in the middle of November). I love the way my house feels at Christmas. I enjoy the Christmas lights, my many Santas, the nativity set, and the remembrance of Christ's birth. The house feels happy and peaceful.

This year, I have a dilemma. I am going away for a week and want to enjoy every part of Christmas. If I wait until the day after Thanksgiving, I will miss a week of my Christmas experience.

I grew up with decorating for Christmas, the day after Thanksgiving. A part of me feels like I need to do the same thing. (After all, mom can't be wrong.) I have been thinking about decorating protocol and found the following information.

When decorating for Christmas is acceptable, it is a matter of personal preference and cultural norms. Some people believe it's perfectly fine to start decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving, while others prefer to wait until after Thanksgiving to embrace the holiday season entirely.

However, many people also enjoy getting into the Christmas spirit early and choose to start decorating before Thanksgiving. They might do this for various reasons, such as extending the holiday season, enjoying the festive atmosphere, or simply because they love Christmas decorations.

Ultimately, the timing of when you decorate for Christmas is a personal choice. It's essential to respect others' preferences and traditions and find a time that works best for you and your family. If you're concerned about how others might perceive it, you can always discuss your plans with friends and family to ensure everyone is on the same page.

I have decided to put Christmas decorations up this week (before Thanksgiving) and enjoy my Christmas season. It is essential to realize that Charlie Brown is right – it is not the decorations but the people.

Enjoy this holiday season. You can decorate anytime AND take the decorations down anytime you want!

Have a blessed week!

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