I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner at my house for my family. We will have a traditional meal with turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes. Our table will be filled with fall colors and place cards for people to write what their thankful for. And as you walk in our home you'll see signs of harvest and thankfulness.
But if you walk upstairs to our bonus room you will find a tree assembled and decorated. Or if you check our guest bathroom, you'll find holiday theme towels and a candy cane candle, but you know what, I'm okay with it.
Our holidays are different every year. Unlike some families, both my Mom and husband have jobs that unfortunately have them working some holidays. This year they happen to have Thanksgiving off, but my mom works Christmas Eve and my husband works Christmas. From the time I was little our schedules were this way, so we had to celebrate holidays on different days some years and our little girl will grow up having to do the same thing. I don't honestly think this is an uncommon occurrence, which makes it even more surprising that people seem to think certain decorations should be saved for after a specific day.
I can't understand why people are so upset with the christmas lights and decor filling their Facebooks, instagram feed or shopping malls. It's the same as the holiday cup debacle going around with Starbucks. To me, Thanksgiving has never been about the decorations or music playing in the background, it's about spending time with family and being thankful for the blessings in your life. And just because I have "Jingle Bells" playing in the background doesn't diminish those feelings.
While I think skipping your thanksgiving meal to go black Friday or Thursday shopping is completely over the top, I think it's perfectly okay to turn those christmas lights on early or hang that green wreath whenever you feel inspired to do so. It doesn't matter what decor is lying around your house on that Thursday evening in November or whenever you're able to celebrate, it's the meaning behind the day and who you're sharing it with that counts! So you'll find me listening to Christmas music in my car and hanging ornaments or holiday decor around my house in November, but you'll also find me extremely thankful throughout this holiday season for the roof over our head, the jobs we have, the food on our table, and the amazing Family and friends we get to share this season with!