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Thread: Thanksgiving weekend & Christmas decorations.......when???

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    Super Member mjsylvstr's Avatar
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    Since we have been talking about Christmas decorations and this long weekend ahead of us, I was wondering about when your ladies and gents get around to decorations ...the who, what, when and why

    Should be an interesting topic....I will start it off..........

    We always started by watching the Christmas Parade on Thanksgiving morning while the aroma of turkey and stuffing filled the house.

    After that, it was the pleasure of decorating right through to the big day itself.....a little here and a lot there......I always had a large family party the beginning of December (to start the holidays rolling) so we got the tree up before then.

    The manger was put out but without the baby....and the kings off in the distance.

    The mistletoe was hung over the doorways......using only the faux kind after hearing the danger of the live berries...
    (check that out if you didn't hear of this before now)

    In the ensuing weeks, cookies by the dozens were baked and hidden so that there would some remaining for the gifts and for our own consumption when the time arrived!
    I have one son who could pick up the scent of fresh-baked holiday cookies no matter where they were concealed.

    The gifts were usually hidden all over the house. I tried to number the gifts 1 thru 4 so that I could just wrap and mark without having to open and see to whom it belonged........

    I love the holidays...BUT....since we are now retired snowbirds and retreat to Florida right before or right after Christmas, my decorating has become very minimal .. I now enjoy the decorating labors of my kids and grandkids....

    OK, lets read about how you other quilters fix the homestead for the holidays.........

    MaryJane

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    I don't get around to decorating until the middle of Dec.

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    This year I only have the weekend after Thanksgiving to decorate, we are booked pretty much every other weekend until Christmas and I work full time. So, the tree will go up on Friday with decorations on Saturday. Teh following weekend we are going out of town and the weekend after that I am baking cookies with my mom. I would love to put up even more decorations than I do but DH isn't so fond of finding the little tinsel strands until June! :oops: I swear those things hide!

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    Saturday my husband will hang lights from every square inch of roofline he can find on the house. Lots and lots of lights.

    The kids will want to get out the Christmas dishes this weekend, too.

    Some years the tree waits awhile. Some years it goes up right away. We just do whatever.

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    I will start decorating in the next few days. Need to buy a few lights since I threw my old way away last year.

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    My son's b-day is in the middled of Dec so I never wanted to take away from his special day. The tree goes up and the house decorated the weekend after his b-day. We celebrate Advent so as of Dec 1 we hang our Advent calendar and the Advent wreath goes on the table. I always use a tablecloth and for the entire month of Dec it's green or red a Christmas color but not Christmas. Advent is a time of prayer and penance. The first thing I do is set up the Nativity set minus Baby Jesus, we wait until very late Christmas Eve or Christmas morning to put Jeaus in the manger. When my kids were little I would write little notes as to where to look to find Jesus, when He was found He went in the manger and there were hot cocoa and cookies waiting. The way people would put a candle in the window when they were expecting someone the lite tree is to light the way for the coming of Jesus. We don't/didn't decorate outside just a simple wreath on the door or window. Christmas is a religious holiday and we focus on that.

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    I will start on Friday, this is my favorite holiday and I go all out! It takes me at least 3 full days to decorate the inside of the house. Dh takes care of the lights/decor outside.

    I have a total of 9 Christmas themed trees to set up throughout the house. A Christmas village on the credenza. Lots of quilts and cross-stitch pieces to hang or drap around. I wrap the staircase with lighted garland. Oh, man...there's so much to do. And my little ones can only do so much (don't want them to break anything).

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    The lights are hung outside, the wreath is on the door...... (nice weekend in MI had to take advantage of it). No light shall be turned on until Thankgiving evening, tree will go up on Friday, and the rest of the house decorated. Cookies will be baked on the 5th when the grandkids come, and the rest is relax, shop, wrap (and sew) and wait for the 25th!


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    We already have the tree up and most of the decorations up in the living room and around the house. My favorite movie for this time of year is "A Christmas Story" and we have our leg lamp out in the sunroom in the window, and other movie props will be found around the house.

    Since my house was built in the 50's I have the big multi colored lights and they are about half the way on the house. Then I still have the bushes and the yard art to put out. Hopefully I will have it all done by this weekend.

    But now its time for me to get in the kitchen and work on the deserts for tomorrow and I will be cooking all night long with maybe 2 hours sleep at the most. But by noon Tomorrow we will be sitting down to eat and enjoy a good meal.

    Billy

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    My husband out out the exterior lights over the past couple of weekends. That's good because it is damp and overcast and ugly now. Plus deer season opens the Monday after Thanksgiving and he is out huntin'. I'll be gradually workig stuff out this weekend and try to have it done by the 10th. We have a big extended family dinner a week before Christmas so I got to get ready early.

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    My tree goes up the week before Christmas and comes down the day after Christmas. I bought a huge pre lit tree that has three sections. I can have it put together in about 5 min. We use to get a real tree but it was getting to be a problem with where to discard it and I felt bad about the pretty tree being tossed away. DH decorates the outside anyway he likes and he likes lights and yard ornaments. They stay out until after New Year's Day. I hang everyone's stocking on my quilt rack rod over the chest that has my favorite Nativity set out. I hang fresh pine wreaths on the outside doors and I'm done decorating.

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    I have lots of Christmas Doggie Ornaments and I only see them once a year so I'm getting all them out today so I have them all out and ready to decorate on Friday. :D Taking all my Fall stuff down today. :roll:

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    BILLY

    You're blowing my mind........as I wrote to you before.......you are a man who a woman's heart desires since you both quilt and like to shop..
    (Black Friday !!) and now you tell us that you also cook.

    Ladies, is there anyone out there who has all these qualities in their hubby?

    Although, I think it's great that you like these things, don't take me wrong, I wouldn't trade mine for anything.......lololol

    Happy Thanksgiving..........mj

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    We don't decorate. For a while I had a sign in my office with a green HO HO HO in a red circle and a red slash through it. (Hey - the colors were in the spirit - if not the message. :lol: ) But I am less militant about it now.

    It boggles my mind that people still send me Christmas cards. As long as they don't expect anything in return.....

    Since Santa started to observe the No Fly Zone over our property and I don't have to contend with any potential reindeer droppings - life is good.

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    I will decorate with my daughter, a tradition that has not stopped even though she is not a little girl anymore and in the army. She comes home tonight and is excited to put up the "stuff".. dont you start without me! I have taken to sitting back and letting her play decorator it makes her so happy and this makes me smile. Friday will be one decorating extravaganza. I just glittered up 2 dozen pinecones to hang from the garland over the door, hot cider on the stove just to "smell up the house" and loud old fashioned Christmas carols that we can sing off key together .. the men in my house avoid us like the plague during this time for some reason!..(Note: As to mistletoe its hemlock.. highly poisonous to animals.children so artifical is always good if its real take a bit of netting and ribbon it around the greenery so not a leaf falls off. Poinsettas are also toxic (darn it) but the use me year after year ones look pretty good and require no water!.

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    You're blowing my mind........as I wrote to you before.......you are a man who a woman's heart desires since you both quilt and like to shop..
    (Black Friday !!) and now you tell us that you also cook.
    I love to cook, thanks to me spending time in the kitchen with my mom over the years. Everyone who has ever eaten at my house always says the same thing......open a restaurant!!

    Not only is my family going to be here but all of my sons and daughters friends (my extended family :lol: ) that usually hangs out with them will be here also. So I should end up feeding close to 20 this year.

    Billy

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    Our new place is so small, there is barely room for us, little only decorations and trees. Maybe in a few years, when we build a home, but until then, there's a large Christmas shaped tree by the driveway, with lights already on, so we'll just plug those in.

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    I've always been upset at how the stores rush the season. Christmas decorations were out in stores here a month ago. I was talking to myself in one of the stores, I said, Merry Christmas, in a disgusted voice, and a lady going by said, yes, for heaven's sake, let me have some turkey first please.
    We don't start to put up decorations before the 15th of December. Then they stay up until Jan. 6th, little Christmas. When I was a child, we all hung our stockings and went to bed and Santa brought the tree along with the gifts. Guess I'm still pretty much stuck in that age.

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    Over here in England, although I don't know how many follow these dates, it's traditional to put the Christmas Decorations up on the night of the 12th December. They usually stay up until the 6th of January.

    But, this year we will be leaving them up a bit longer as my son comes home from Afghanistan in the new year... he wants the Christmas decorations up... presents around the tree and a full Christmas Dinner with all the family... whatever date he lands.

    So tradition will be flying out the window this year


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    We've had a family tradition of going together to a tree farm and cutting our own tree. Since my eldest started college in 2000 we wait until we have the most people home for the task. Sometimes that's as late as the 20th or even the 23rd before we get the tree. Since I am temporarily handicapped I will let the rest of the family decorate while I watch them. My oldest is married but lives real close, she will decorate her own place with a tiny tree. My second is married and it is the year his family is going to their home so Jen will have to do her own decorating. We will wait for our son to get home from school and my son to get leave from the Navy.

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    We've never put up our decorations until mid-December until this year. It's been 60 degrees this past week and last Sunday all the neighbors were out decorating. It turned into a fun neighborhood afternoon. Usually don't see them from Nov 1 til spring LOL. Hopefully we'll have another warm spell after Christmas to take them down--then I'll see my neighbors again!

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    ELISABRAT

    PLEASE JUST TELL YOUR DAUGHTER THAT I SEND MY THANKS TO HER AND ALL THE OTHERS SERVING WITH HER.

    TAKE CARE OF HER AND WE WILL ALL REMEMBER HER AS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL FOR TOMORROW AS WE ENJOY THE HOLIDAY.

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING.......MARYJANE

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    We put our tree up either on Thanksgiving or on Friday...whenever my girls are around to help. Re: outdoor decorations- my husband does not get into outdoor decorating at all so I just put wreaths on the front and back doors and put out holiday doormats. We live in a farmhouse way back off the road and whatever decorations we might put outside would mainly be for our enjoyment, I guess. I have cut back on the doo-dads we put up in the house, as well. It is my personal opinion that sometimes less is 'more'. As much as I love looking at decorations and admire those who go all out...I know that the taking down and packing up would fall on my shoulders...and I just don't want to do it.

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    "Normally" I would decorate the house the week before Thanksgiving and then put the tree up on Thanksgiving. This year due to my work schedule---- everything is already up, lights on, and cookies are done and in the freezer! Gifts are coming along - one quilt to finish, one wall hanging to top stitch, and a casserole carrier to complete and a few small things. I'll start wrapping next week.
    Have a great Thanksgiving weekend everyone!

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    When my children were small we put the tree up on Dec 21 and didn't have a lot of other decorations then.
    Our youngest son's birthday is the 20th and we were always so worried he would think the tree was part of his celebration if we did it earlier!
    Now he is in California and coming home this year and you can bet that tree will be up before the 21st this year.
    I now start decorating a bit here and a bit there the 1st two weeks of Dec, then the tree goes up the 2nd weekend with a small tree trimming party.
    It is fun hearing of everyones plans and special surprises before the big day

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