Just Life

we’re making it an extra long season this year.

…yup, the longest on record in our house. We’re planning to put up our tree and other Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving – November 23. I’ve been inspired by Ali’s blog and by Katie to just go for it. And figure once the tree is up, that’s all the more time to enjoy it. We always take it down before New Years Eve, so it’s really only about 5 weeks. Seems like not that much time, really! (and way better than the too-short time we had Katie’s first year in college – when I decided I wasn’t going to put up a tree, HUH??!!, so she put it up by herself when she got home from finals, and told me just recently she cried the whole time – can I blame her, what a scrooge I was!)

I ever-so-casually clue’d Marc into my plan this morning. I think the combined factors of 1) this means we won’t be shopping that day; and 2) we won’t be asking for his help made it a non-issue. His only input – when we get ready to take everything down, he wants to help us reorganize the storage closet. Sure, no problem!

With the girls getting older, this is my time to make sure we establish the foundation of traditions they can build on with their families. And this year it will be all about time…me taking the time to enjoy the season, sharing the baking with the girls, and the holiday movies and corny tv shows, creating photos and albums, and many memories of just being us… we’ve made a great start with Thanksgiving these past few years, so I love Ali’s idea to let the two holidays merge into one longer season filled with family, love and laughter.

Diana Krall’s Christmas CD is playing in my car, soon to be joined by the Charlie Brown Christmas (those are the only two I found in the house – they must’ve missed last year’s packing up) and once we decorate to be followed by many more – my favorites: Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis, Elvis, Kenny G, A Merry Affair, the Pottery Barn holiday collection and the “hip” mix that Sara made last year [I’m sure there are many more – we have several dozen CDs! – but those are the ones I’m remembering now] …would love to know – what are your favorite holiday CDs?


  • Anonymous

    good idea–now you know why I started baking Christmas cookies the day after Thanksgiving. The whole holiday thing is too much work to be shorted. If I can find room in the car, I’ll bring all of my Christmas CD’s and you might find some you want to download. Polly

  • Lydia

    My favorite C.mas CD is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra one- not sure the name, I like to crank that one up! Froze our hinney’s off at the soccer tournament, but I had my newest socks that kept my feet warm at least!

  • Mary Lynn

    We generally put the tree up the Sunday after Thanksgiving and take it down the second weekend in January. Very long time. But, we have many friends over at different times over the holidays.

    When we remodelled we didn’t put the big tree up nor did we do the extensive decorating. My kids still talk about how miserable it was . . . frankly, it would have been too much at the time.

    We are going to do some Christmas baking. SOME.

    I love the Trans-Siberian Orchestra albums but my husband starts playing all of our Christmas music on Thanksgiving and we generally get through them all but New Year’s Day. They are alphabetized, except for the Halleluia Chorus which is always, always, always played on New Year’s Day.