When I started seeing blog posts come through my email of (current) Christmas trees…as in trees people put up already…even weeks ago…I wondered what on earth was happening and if I wasn’t doing something I should be. Traditionally, my mom always started decorating the day or weekend after Thanksgiving (no sooner), and I have followed suit with that tradition. It’s a nice way to wind down the Thanksgiving holiday and it’s a great post-Thanksgiving family activity while everyone’s still together.
|The Lily Pad Cottage|
I realized as more blog posts like those came to my inbox that the early decorating was in large part due to the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge, and I’ll admit, if Michaels Store CALLED ME UP and said, “Hey, lady, want to make a tree using our stuff?,” I’m pretty sure I’d say, “Uhhh, YEEEESSSS!”. I also understand, as I near the end of my first full “real” year of blogging (as in serious I’m-gonna-do-this-and-stick-with-it-and-grow-it kind of blogging), that DIY and decor bloggers have to think ahead. I tend to blog in real time, but if I want to share an idea with you that you can actually USE for a specific holiday, I probably better share it early enough! So I’ll cut my fellow bloggers some slack. (We have to stick together, you know.)
|Michaela Noelle Designs|
But otherwise I’m all about tradition, and about keeping things sacred (for lack of a better word). Time goes so fast that even though I’m a planner and very much a future thinker, I do try to enjoy each holiday and season as it comes and not rush through to the next one too soon. I’m almost numb to the Christmas stuff coming out before Halloween now, and again, now that I’m doing a lot more DIY projects, I can appreciate having the supplies available to do those projects in advance. But that doesn’t mean you’ll see Santa or Baby Jesus pop up in my house for another week-and-two-days. (Sorry, Jesus, nothing personal. You either, Santa.)
|Christmastime In the City|
Besides that, Thanksgiving is about fall colors, pumpkins and pilgrims, and things that say “Give Thanks” (like my last window frame decoration). Kinda seems like a waste if I change that out before the holiday it’s intended for, am I right?
But we can start dreaming about it a little…and a little planning never hurts. So I’ve included some inspirational photos today. The following ones are my favorites from the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge Pinterest board.
|In My Own Style|
Of course that one caught my eye with the turquoise! I also love the coordinating pattern from the ornaments to the tree skirt, as well as the monograms.
Another colorful one! (I find it funny that most of the ones I was drawn to were white or monochromatic, but my own tree is more colorful. Hmmm…something to explore later?) This Advent tree is a great idea!
|The Tomkat Studio|
I love the elegance of this tree and how the reason for the season, “Christmas”, is front-and-center. The white owl is adorable, too! And those feather trees??? Love!
When do you decorate for Christmas??