Christmas TogetherWe're here year round and even though we are scattered all over the world and most of us have never met face-to-face we find ways to celebrate the season together. From our annual Christmas exchanges to scheduled chats our Christmasing together is discussed here.
please share what starts the Christmas season for you?
Is it an event? Is it decorating? Is it baking? Is the date? Is it the weather? What happens that causes you to start celebrating?
For me it's when the stores start to stock Christmas stuff, especially the bookstores. I go to barnes and noble and find a couple of good christmas reads. Then I watch some christmas movies, browse the stores decorations and start humming and listening to music!
Just today I saw that Target already has their little round christmas sugar cookies (the kind you just put on a cookie sheet and bake with a reindeer or snowman on them).
I picked up Debbie Macomber's Angels at Christmas this morning 9and have already read 6 chapters). I also picked up A Quilter's Holiday by Jennifer Chiaverini. Even though I've been umeployed for the last 4 months I still need my couple of small indulgences for Christmas. It officially starts the season for me...
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I think about Christmas all year. When I'm shopping I might see the perfect gift for someone, when I'm looking in my cookbooks, I might see a recipe that I want to try for Christmas, when I watch shows about decorating or buying houses on TV, I think about good places for the Christmas Tree in the homes and so many events and memories make me think of Christmas all year round so I guess you can say I'm always in the mood for Christmas. Merry Christmas.
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For us, the decorations start creeping out after Halloween and usually are fully up (minus the tree) by Thanksgiving. I like to call Thanksgiving "The opening ceremonies of Christmas". Here in Atlanta, there's the lighting of the Macy's tree on Thanksgiving night and our family always sits down after dinner to watch people sing carols and light the tree on tv.
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Once Halloween is over and the time changes I put the scary decorations away and place the electric candles in the windows. Even though, like most of you, I'm shopping or planning Christmas stuff for most of the year when we light the candles in the windows the Season starts. That should be about three hours from now. Season's Greetings!
"Christmas stays if we don't forget its meaning"
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Now that halloween is over, I've been thinking about Christmas more than ever. it won't be long now, and i'll start playing christmas music.I think the christmas season really begins for me, after Thanksgiving when I start decorating. That weekend is when I start watching christmas movies.
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I start thinking alot about it in late Summer. Right now Im thinking about it everyday! I love going to the mall and see their Christmas tree and decorations..( I dont go much any other time of the year.) I also await any holiday magazines that come out.
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Our son's birthday is Nov 9. We usually visit Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, TN to celebrate. The Christmas decorations are all up so that serves as the start of the season for us. We usually put up our tree and decorate the next weekend.
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I plan, shop, and get ready for christmas all year but the season really starts for me on november 1st. That is when I really kick things into high gear. I don't usually decorate until after thanksgiving but this year I may decorate the weekend before. The tree will still go up on black friday.
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After Halloween you can feel it ramp up, but obviously the excitement and anticipation is nowhere near, say, December 15th. But it's a start.
I'd have to say seeing a classic Christmas movie/cartoon on TV around the first of December really kicks it into another gear for me. Actually, even before that, it's the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. After the parade is over, we have hot chocolate/coffee/Christmas treats, to really kick off the holiday season. We'll play Christmas music all day. Thanksgiving has always been about the first day of the holiday season for us.
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