The Best, Most Perfect Time to Decorate for Christmas

The Best, Most Perfect Time to Decorate for Christmas

How soon is too soon to decorate for Christmas? Is there such a thing as being too late?

Growing up in Ukraine, Christmas was everything – the end-all-and-be-all of holidays. It was never about presents or decorations or adhering to some sort of picture-perfect vision of Christmas. Christmas was all about a certain magical feeling – a feeling that rendered words useless because it surpassed all logic and understanding.

Nothing like a child’s innocent wonder, after all.

Somewhere along the way, however, I lost that spark. With every year, Christmas became less and less of a magical celebration and more and more of just another item to be crossed off yet another to-do list. Take down the box of decorations from the attic? Check. Put up the tree? Check. Turn on holiday music? Check. Drink that obligatory cup of hot cocoa, even though I’d much rather prefer yet another cup of good ol’ joe? Check. Oh, and remember the true reason for the season? Check.

Then the big day arrived, and – dare I say – it felt as mundane as ever.

Every year I’d think to myself, “Maybe this will be the year we get it right! This will be the year we put up the tree right after Thanksgiving and take things slow, make new family traditions, enjoy the season… Maybe we’ll even make an advent calendar, for goodness’ sake!” I’ve always wanted to make an advent calendar and draw out the holiday season as long as one possibly can. “This’ll be the year we do just that!” I would think to myself as the holiday season approached. We’d fill each day with family activities like decorating the tree together in our matching wool sweaters as we sip hot cocoa and dance to holiday music.

Last year around Christmas we announced our pregnancy, and I remember thinking, hoping, dreaming that next year will be so different – far more special, I was sure of it. We’ll have a little babe and get to experience the holiday magic once again through the eyes of our sweet, precious child. We’ll go to a Christmas tree farm – all three of us in our matching pom-pom hats – and pick out the perfect tree. Perhaps we’ll even manage to document the perfect (totally not forced, ha!) moment on camera.

Do you see where this is going?

November rolled around, and neck-deep in the chaos of balancing a full-time job, a baby, maintaining a household, etc. etc. etc., the idea of going to a Christmas tree farm – with a 4-month old baby, no less – overwhelmed me with immense anxiety.

Clearly, this wasn’t going to be our year, either. It was already December. We had once again missed our chance to start the holiday season on time.

I’d scroll through Instagram during yet another late-night feeding and gaze with admiration (and a hint of jealousy) at all the perfectly styled holiday home tours, fellow mamas sharing the sweetest baking sessions with their littles, and I’d think to myself, “How?! How do they do that?! Where do they find the time, and, more importantly, why can I not do the same?!”

The other day, a box arrived on our doorstep from Pier 1 Imports. It was filled to the brim with holiday decor, and the minute I opened it, Mila’s eyes lit up. The shinier the object, the more interested she was in it. I, in turn, was as mesmerized by her reaction as she was by the contents of that box.

Nothing like a child’s innocent wonder, after all.

So here we are, nearly two weeks into December, finally putting up our tree and decorating the house, even though there are only 13 days left until Christmas. It’s not ideal, no. Not anyone’s vision of the picture-perfect Christmas, really.

We did manage to make a trip to a Christmas tree farm, but that, too, was quite the adventure (not in a positive way but definitely memorable!) – what with Mila’s strict nap schedule and just the overwhelming amount of planning and coordinating it takes to leave the house with a 4-month-old baby.

And you know what? That’s okay. Because there’s no such thing as the best, most perfect time to start decorating for Christmas.

It’s never too early. And it’s most definitely never too late.

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2 Comments

  1. thank you for such an honest post. I love the magical feeling of christmas, the nostalgia, the wonder, all of it. You will get that for you family, it won’t be like anyone else’s, but it will be there all the same. Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family!

  2. Your house is lovely—with or without a holiday’s decor. And, technically, it’s Advent. Christmas doesn’t begin until the 24th, so you’re still in the zone! May you have a blessed Christmas with your new family!

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