It is that time of year, all ready. We start shopping, planning meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas, some still send cards and we all worry that with everyday that passes we have less time to do what needs to be done. Decorating, what about decorating? After Halloween and all the ghosts and witches are put away, then what?
I am in the process of helping a friend of mine decorate her home for Thanksgiving. It will be her first gathering in a new home with the whole family. When we started shopping, in October, besides all the Halloween items available, the beautiful "Fall, Harvest" items made me realize we all could start our holiday decorating in the beginning of October.
There are many beautiful fall garlands, wreaths, swags, and gorgeous pumpkins that can be used at this time of year and not look "Halloween". In fact the possibilities are endless. We are putting my friend's Christmas tree up and decorating it in "fall wear". At any of the craft stores you will find sprigs of leaves with acorns, glittery fall colored glass beads, etc. They look beautiful and just that bit of different she was looking for. After garland, fall dishware, candles, lots and lots of different kind of pumpkins and gourds, the place is stunning! It will be a Thanksgiving to remember, for sure.
What a great time to go through your everyday items you have out. Put them away for a few months or in a box to donate. Most of us have too many items on display at a given time anyway. Decorate and enjoy the fall season to it;s fullest.
On December 1st clear the mantel and dinning room table of the festive fall decor and start hauling out the holly!
Remember large plastic bins will hold a lot and not flatten wreaths and garland. Also as you are getting things out or putting them away, really look at the item...is it broken and in-repairable? Do you still like it? Are you wondering where on earth did that come from? Get rid of it. Many who can't afford to decorate would enjoy your out-dated or un-wanted items, and will will leave you with space for that something you have to have the day after Christmas when it is half off!
Decorate early and truly enjoy the holidays.