Christmas starts for me the day after Thanksgiving, when i help my grandmother put up her Christmas tree.
It's been our tradition as long as I can remember, and she even has her old paper train from when she was a little girl in the '20s to put at the bottom! We have ornaments new and old, some a bit chipped, some new and shiny, all special to me, treasured each year when I take them out of the box.
She's going to be 90 this December, so these past few years I've done more of the work, but it's been fun just seeing her face light up as I turn the lights on for the first time.
It's the best way I could ever think to start the Christmas season. ❤