If you told me a year ago, that I would have my Christmas tree up in the middle of November I would have laughed in your face. I grew up in a house where we decorated on December 1st every year. No sooner and no later. It was a day we all anticipated and when it came, the attic seemed to have thrown up garlands, glitter and Santa Claus ornaments. It was an absolute blast!
Then I grew up, moved out and had my own place to decorate. I had a small tree with a few scattered glass figurines of snowmen. My parents moved and in the process had to stay in rental for a few months without access to their proper décor. My mom made due with what she could but it wasn’t the same.
After that year, things seemed to continuously get worse around the holidays. In 2013 my mom spent Christmas in the hospital for an unknown medical issue, and my dad passed away on Halloween of 2014. Two days later my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She made it home for Christmas that year but was too sick to remember it. Come Christmas 2015, she was ecstatic and determined to make it the best one yet since she had missed so many years prior. Her tree was beautiful (as usual) and she was set on spreading the Christmas spirit even though the majority of my family, including myself, were being a bunch of grinches. We’d all been through a lot and the time of year seemed to hold a dark cloud over our family. We were scared of what was to come, and rightly so. My mom never made it to Christmas, as she passed away on December 16th, 2015.
Needless to say, last Christmas was one of the hardest yet. I have been dreading this season all year long. I wanted to put my foot down and refuse to decorate or partake in Christmas activities. A lot has changed since last Christmas, I have a long list of people who are no longer in my life and it has been a very challenging experience. However, try as I might, I can’t help but give in to the excitement and beauty that is the Christmas season. The decorations, the atmosphere, the chilly weather; it brings such joy even when it comes with bad memories.
So instead of being a scrooge this year, I took inspiration from one of my favourite Youtubers, Nikki Blackketter and put my decorations up on November 13th. Nikki was so open with her audience about not being in the best spirits following some life things, and to make herself feel better she put her Christmas tree up insanely early. I thought that was so awesome!
If you’re feeling down, or in a funk, or even if you just love Christmas decorations and see no reason to wait; I highly recommend putting them up ASAP! The warm glow of the lights on the tree in a dimly lit living room, feel like a cozy hug. Especially on a cold day after work. My favourite thing to do now is to make a cup of tea or coffee, grab a book or turn on my current favourite tv show and just relax.
I’m the type of person who mainly prefers bright rooms, with natural light and fresh air but due to the fact that I live in a dark basement suite where my lightbulbs burn out once a week, it is such a refreshing feeling to actually enjoy the darkness. I like my house better in the dark at Christmas time, because that means the lights really stand out. I also love that it makes it feel like the season has begun early, and therefore I am ready to go to all of the Christmas markets near me, and light mazes and tree-lighting festivals, I can’t wait!
As a kid, I always found the Christmas season to go by WAY too fast, but if you start early you can really stretch it out and enjoy it for so much longer. I remember getting that sad feeling on Christmas morning, knowing that the hype was over and by tomorrow it would all be over, when I didn’t even feel like I got to enjoy it. So now, as an adult, I have decided to make it last longer but starting early. I mean why not? The malls all start the day after Halloween, and why should we let them have all the fun?!
I hope this inspired some of you to put up your decorations early, and if it did I would love to know!