I love decorating the Christmas mantel in our living room! And it did not slip past my time clock that I started decorating the mantel on the 25th of November, one day after Thanksgiving and exactly one month until Christmas!
Yikes! Really? Sometimes I think we should move Thanksgiving to earlier in the month of November so I won’t always be under the gun, so to speak, in getting my Christmas decorations out and put up!
However, I imagine there would be some resistance… at least from the children, if Thanksgiving were moved up. I remember as a child…. the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas were sooooo long!
Oh, a bit of trivia…there has been some consternation that the first Thanksgiving was actually on Sept 8, 1565…in Florida…almost 50 years before Plymouth Rock Pilgrims had their feast in November of 1621. You see the Spanish settlers celebrated the founding of St. Augustine in what is now the state of Florida with a mass and feast…..
…….And yes, there were native Americans at the feast of seafood, pork stew, bread and wine from the ship’s galley!
As much as I love seafood, I think I prefer the Plymouth Rock Pilgrims Turkey feast.
But I digress a bit…if you want to get a good discussion started, just mention the Florida Thanksgiving. 🙂
So lets talk decorating the mantel for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving.
Folks, I have a confession to make. I have to take pictures of my vignettes and Christmas Trees…because as I get a little older, I can’t remember where I put what and where I had this and that.
So I searched my laptop for pics and began my decorating of the Christmas mantel.
I try to add something each year that makes my mantel pop…which means I usually have to remove something older.
This year, I removed the white polar bears and replaced them with white birch trees with lights. I also added a white angel that had been a tree topper in past Christmases.
Have you started decorating yet or do you wait for a certain day in December? Do you like to start with your Christmas mantel or your tree?
I have a friend who decorates her tree on Christmas eve.
What are your traditions?
Hugs and blessings always.