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September 27, 2013

What about fall?

Is it just me, or is Christmas coming earlier every year?

I feel like I find myself asking this question annually.

Now, I love the holiday season, putting up the tree, hanging stockings, shopping for and wrapping presents, Christmas carols and all that jazz. I even have a plan in my head for how I want to decorate my house for the Christmas season this year, especially since I didn't have space last year to even put up my tree. But I think it needs to wait its turn. We still have Halloween and Thanksgiving to think about. Remember those? Halloween is where little kids get dressed up in costumes and go out collecting candy. Thanksgiving is the day where we sit down with our families, eat a big turkey dinner and give thanks for all our blessings from the year.

As I was out shopping for fall decor the other night, as well as being out and about for other errands, I happened across Christmas villages, wrapping paper, ornaments, Christmas trees and the like. And I had to take a couple of passes through the aisles to find fall decor. Finding the Halloween stuff was much easier, but it was relegated to a few aisles, and the Christmas section seemed like it had already outpaced the Halloween display.

And I was really excited to have space to put seasonal (at this point fall) decorations up in my house. In our old house, we had living space for everyone but not enough for the "extra touches." After that, we lived in a condo for about a year so we wouldn't have to rush any decisions on our next house. So I bought pine cones, fake gourds and silk flowers in fall colors. My 2-year-old son got in on the fun by picking out a flower arrangement that is now the centerpiece on our dining room table. I even bought a Halloween display for our yard of a skull and hands that look like they're emerging from the ground. I really felt like the decorations helped bring some extra life to the house. I even have plans for a project for Halloween night that involves cardboard tubes, glow sticks and our front hedges.

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