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Livin' la Vida Lacy - Christmas decor is coming soon
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Now that Halloween is officially over, are you itching to get out your Christmas décor? I originally put up my fall decorations in September to last for a three-month period. It’s not that I have a problem with Thanksgiving being squeezed out by Christmas. In fact, given the choice between the two, I’d vote for Christmas all the way. 

So, here’s my question – when is the right time to put up your Christmas decorations? Yes, I know that many stores have had their Christmas stuff out since October, but come on! I think we can all agree that’s way too soon.

When we lived in our condo in Cookeville, I always held off on putting up my Christmas tree and etc. because, like I mentioned, fall is my fave. The downside to waiting is you become slightly a Grinch because it seems like a lot of effort for a short amount of time. Plus, we always celebrated in McMinnville so I kind of did the minimum. 

However, now that we have a beautifully renovated home, I’m reconsidering my old ways, especially since it’s our first Christmas here. During the renovations, Ross expressed his desire to go all out – exterior Christmas lights, garland … the whole sha-bang. I can’t deny him from tapping into the excitement of the holidays so I have a feeling we’ll have to decorate earlier.

Since we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving at our house, I’m thinking middle of the month. It’s not like everyone will be eating turkey while staring at my Christmas tree at our place. Plus, early is more my style. Still, I consulted with the go-to ladies in my life and here’s what they had to say.

Grandma: “I’ll probably put mine up in about two weeks because I like mine to stay up a little longer, but I take them down right after Christmas.”

Aunt Melinda: “I put mine out the day after Thanksgiving so Black Friday.”

Lisa: “Veterans Day weekend because I’m off that Monday.”

Nicole: “I typically put Christmas stuff up the first weekend in December because that’s the Christmas parade weekend.”

So, it appears to vary. Ross told me last night that exterior Christmas lights are nonnegotiable, which is fine as long as he puts them up. I’m a garland girl thanks to Grandma. That’s how she always decorated each window of my childhood home along with red ribbon. It’s just classic so of course I’m planning to follow tradition. 

I’m still in the preplanning stage, but I’ve got some decorating ideas percolating to give our home a cozy Christmas cottage-like feel. I already know the exact placement of our Christmas tree. I cannot wait to get my hands on the mantle. It’s going to be so nice to have a traditional fireplace at Christmastime. 

But don’t count on finding any holiday inflatables in my yard. They’re too bulky and overwhelming for my taste. Stay tuned for my final Christmas reveal. I’ve got a feeling that it’s going to be a Thanksmas kind of year at the Garrisons! 

Standard reporter Lacy Garrison can be reached at 473-2191.