Most years I'm pretty hardcoare about waiting until December first before I start decorating for Christmas. I just feel pretty strongly that Halloween is to be celebrated (and decorated for) in October, Thanksgiving in November and Christmas in December. That said, the first of December falls this week and J and I had a pretty relaxed four-day weekend (okay, so I worked Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at Williams-Sonoma and put in a couple hours at St. R on Saturday morning, not to mention teaching Children's Chapel Sunday morning, so maybe my long-weekend wasn't all that relaxing...). By 7:00 Sunday night, I was ready to think about Christmas.
Last year I spent a very long hour underneath our tree in a dim living room looking for the sockets to connect all of the lights on our tree. When I took the tree down, I managed to keep as much connected as possible, but there were still three or four connections to be made. Not interested in repeating that miserable evening under the tree, I decided to pre-light my pre-lit tree. This time, I put everything together one layer at a time in the very bright laundry room. I also tagged loose light ends with long ribbon so I could find them later. Once I thought I had everything connected, I plugged the tree in. Blessedly, all the lights came on!!
Next up (perhaps this should've been the first step, but I wanted to get the tree all ready to go while J was still available to carry it upstairs), I headed upstairs to work on the living room. And then I couldn't remember how I arranged it last year and headed back down to my laptop to review pictures from previous years. Apparently I took no pictures of my tree last year (how on earth??). Regardless, I've changed the furniture a little bit anyway, and need a new configuration.
I spent the rest of the evening thinking about how to rearrange my living room, and plan to make those changes today. By this evening, our living room should be ready for Christmas, and probably our front porch, too.