I get a lot of crap for this one, BUT I’m one of the proud few that can’t wait for Halloween to expire so that I can climb into the attic to throw down all my Christmas decorations.
That first week of November is my time to get in holiday mode and I rarely find an excuse to delay this tradition. It’s not that I don’t love Thanksgiving or the somewhat cooler fall temperatures (which can be questionable in central FL), but I’ve always worked most major holidays. So the season is significantly squeezed and I will find any excuse to enjoy the calming lights and fir scents as long as humanly possible.
So my winning combo is showcasing the start of college basketball season on my big screen, light up a few seasonal candles, heat up a quick dinner and tackle the onslaught of pine needles flaking off all the smashed tree limbs that are screaming to awaken. I inevitably get frustrated with finding the non-labeled branches and end up just haphazardly draping the four strands of lights after a few hours. I dive into original boxes of keepsake Hallmark ornaments, which are never ending and half of which don’t get used once again.
The star is the final touch and I always sit for at least 30 mins just reminiscing and enjoying my creation. And typically, I rest my eyes for a few…….. and realize it is now 3am & groggily move to the bedroom!