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christmaswithlove
10-01-2007, 10:22 AM
When is a good time to start decorating oneís house? This is a question thatís been on my mind because I usually start decorating around November, just when snow begins. The weather is absolutely beautiful and the lawn is filled with small mounts of snow and the children are all set to go play in the snow. This is when we go looking for all those Christmas decorations we had put away from last year and to think about what kind of a tree to buy this year. The children get all excited and wait impatiently for the decorations to be sorted out.

Then begins the adventure of going to the mall to shop for some new ornaments, new trinkets to hang on the tree. And each of our children wants to buy something different, a small butterfly, or a bouquet of flowers or a dove or a shoe that looks like candy. By the time we are done with our purchases all are exhausted and just want to get back home to a warm dinner.

The inside of the house is decorated using all the streamers, banners, and children take turns hanging the balloons on the window. Strings of lights are laid around the ceiling and a train track is pulled out from the attic and set up in the ceiling of the entire house. And when it is turned on, the train slowly makes its way through the house making a whistle noise. This is a major source of entertainment for anyone who comes home.

Also, in the outside of the house, small lights are placed all over the roof in the shape of Santa Claus and his carriage, along with the Reindeers pulling it along. Not to forget the bag of goodies in Santaís hand which is filled with small packages lit up with color light bulbs. In the lawn and front porch, snowmen looking like Santa are made and each of them is performing a different activity. One would be digging the ground, while another is waving to the people passing by and another Snowman would be holding a hockey stick ready to hit the putt.

The only thing left is to buy the tree and put it up inside the house. If anyone has any good ideas about the kind of lighting I could use to make it look unique and out of ordinary, it would be of great help.

Merry Christmas

Christmaswithlove

karenslucky
10-02-2007, 02:01 AM
I start decorating on Dec 1st. I can't wait for this year! It doesn't snow where I live :( I wish it did.

bobbibrowneyes
10-08-2007, 07:06 PM
Here in NC it rarely snows so I start decorating around Nov 1st. I wish it would snow for the holidays but rarely it does.

canadianrover
10-09-2007, 08:39 PM
We put up the inside decorations always around Dec 1. Outside depends. This year I will start earlier than last year as I was unable to get everything up because the ground was frozen and I couldn't get plastic stakes into the ground even with the help of boiling water. I'll probably start in a couple of weeks; try to beat the snow. I'm already listening to Christmas tunes and watching Christmas specials/movies. To me as soon as Oct 1 comes, that is the start of Christmas season.

Oliver
10-10-2007, 05:46 AM
At home normally we tend to get haloween and bonfire night out of the way and then we start at the beginning of December. I would love to start earlier but at the moment it is still up to my parents ;)

Once I get my own house I will start decorating in early november.

Also where im from (The UK) We rarley have snow, and if we do its normally in the new year :(

Best Wishes
Oliver

bobbibrowneyes
10-10-2007, 01:03 PM
me too! All I think about is CHristmas once October gets here. I love the CHristmas holiday. I am sad when it is over. I wish it was Christmas all the time!

trish_j
10-29-2007, 01:28 AM
I love it too, sorry no ideas for the lighting, but your train sounds really neat.

mishanti
10-29-2007, 02:18 AM
I love to start as early as possible but it generally isn't until after Thanksgiving when I get the time and energy. One of our radio stations starts 24/7 Christmas music on Thanksgiving until Christmas night and that tends to get me started.
Being disabled it is hard to do as much as I used to. With the lack of money and a really hard time hanging and moving and all that goes with decorating it gets hard but I do try.
It takes a while now as I moved in with my sisters and there are 3 adults worth of decorations plus my mom's in the garage. So it is a matter of mixing and matching and it is fun!:)

leahrosa
09-26-2008, 08:01 AM
hey everyone..ive realized all responses were way back last year..next wek will be the start of october..whoaaaa :jumping: soon itll be nov and then dec....:blowing: so wats ur new ideas for decorations? As a Filipina, we start as early as Sept on hearing christmas songs, start the countdown by sept 1st (its already 90 days more) and the decorations as early as end OCt, we dont usually celebrate halloween in here so christmas is alwasy on the air and is the spirit...

Merry Christmas Darling
09-28-2008, 05:30 AM
hey everyone..ive realized all responses were way back last year..next wek will be the start of october..whoaaaa :jumping: soon itll be nov and then dec....:blowing: so wats ur new ideas for decorations? As a Filipina, we start as early as Sept on hearing christmas songs, start the countdown by sept 1st (its already 90 days more) and the decorations as early as end OCt, we dont usually celebrate halloween in here so christmas is alwasy on the air and is the spirit...


How wonderful it must be to start so early! I've been thinking about Christmas every day. :christmastree: I like autumn decorations, but the Christmas ones are my favorites.

PumpkinJack81
09-29-2008, 01:06 PM
I've been thinking about Christmas every day. :christmastree:

So have I! :tree:

leahrosa
10-01-2008, 06:35 AM
well, in 2 more months, exactly 85 days more...i have started decorating my office board, pinning down the famous christmas countdown numbers..i have attached the picture, this was taken last week i guess..ehhee

onemagicalchristmas
10-27-2008, 12:30 AM
I have a chalkboard to count down the days they have them at DOllar tree here.

:snowman:

tina1984
10-27-2008, 02:49 PM
last year i was seperated from my partner so christmas for me and my three children, then aged, 5, 4 and 7 months was last minute and on a very tight budget. we ended up making a lot of decorations using items from the recycle box, making snowmen and santas and painting christmas posters. this year they want to do the same, but not rushed so if anyone has any ideas it would help a lot. :christmastree:

PumpkinJack81
10-27-2008, 03:29 PM
last year i was seperated from my partner so christmas for me and my three children, then aged, 5, 4 and 7 months was last minute and on a very tight budget. we ended up making a lot of decorations using items from the recycle box, making snowmen and santas and painting christmas posters. this year they want to do the same, but not rushed so if anyone has any ideas it would help a lot. :christmastree:

First of all, I hope this Christmas is much better for you and your children! :angel: If you want to make decorations and ornaments, check out FamilyFun.com's A Homemade Christmas (http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/season/specialfeature/christmas-crafts-ms/). There are articles on making sweets, ornaments, decorations, and lots of other ideas that you and your kids are sure to enjoy! Let us know if you find something you really like! :waving:

Sean
10-27-2008, 05:39 PM
Sadly i was not able to put up the tree this weekend due to some family members thinking it be strange to see a christmas tree durning halloween...as much as their right i dont really care! haha but i was promised i would have no one standing in my way this saturday. So nov 1st the tree goes up!!

:christmastree:

tina1984
10-27-2008, 06:16 PM
thank you, it is an excellent site and we will definatly be making the ballet slipper stocking!! shame i cant become a member though as i am from the uk, but not to worry as its already saved to my favourites. thanks again.

onemagicalchristmas
10-27-2008, 08:34 PM
neat site THere are a coupkle things I want to try out. Thanks Bob!:christmastree: