Christmas Lights, Etc.

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I know we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving yet, but Christmas is also on my mind lately. It’s also just around the corner and I am feeling a little unprepared. We like to decorate and get our Christmas tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving. What I am realizing is we are probably in need of more things than I can remember and I’m not sure what to do about. That’s why I’m creating a post about it!

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Here are the things I know we need to buy:

1. Christmas lightsetc, etc. We bought our Christmas lights the first year we were married and they lasted a good long time. They were just from Sam’s Club. However, the last few years we have discovered more and more strands are no longer working. :(

2. Christmas tree. We used an artificial one for many years and once the children were getting older switched to a real tree. We tossed our artificial tree a year or two before we moved here. We have a couple of places to choose a live tree from and thankfully one is just down the road, which should be an easy enough buy if we find the right size.

3. Shopping for Christmas gifts. I don’t even have our extended family’s gifts yet, let alone something for all of our children. Especially since I gave the children the few board games I recently bought. Wrong move, if I wanted to be ahead in gift buying. (Rolling eyes at self!)

4. Christmas baking supplies and trimmings. I know by December we will be in need of more baking supplies to accomplish any Christmas baking we want to do, plus the trimmings for Christmas dinner. We’ll have our turkey and our potatoes, which we grew ourselves, but the rest we’ll have to make or buy. We usually have a traditional Christmas dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, carrots, butternut squash, rutabaga, cranberries, stuffing and homemade pie for dessert. Cranberry pie and apple pie are our family favorites.

5. Christmas cards or letters. If I even have time.

What about you? What is on your Christmas list of to-do’s and when do you decorate for Christmas?

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21 comments

  1. Angela says:

    I cannot wait to start decorating. We have so much holiday decor but yet it seems we add a piece or two to the collection each year. I also have some gift shopping still to do — and the food list too!

  2. I’m so not ready to get ready for Christmas. I have to get ready for baby first. I have friends coming over next Fri to help me transform the girls’ room. After that I can think about Christmas. I HAVE started thinking about presents, though. It takes so much brain power!

  3. Mellisa says:

    I’m really excited about putting up our lights this year.

  4. Stefanie says:

    I need to buy cards ASAP.

  5. I have been adding a set each year. I like my tree to be really lit up :)

  6. Shell Feis says:

    We have an artificial tree, but we’re debating getting a real one this year. We definitely need new lights though!

  7. Tammy says:

    We bought a new tree this year (artificial obviously) on Halloween, but we wanted to make sure that all the lights on it worked in case we needed to return it, so we put it up already and it’s decorated :) We usually have it up by this time though anyway, I love decorating for Christmas and I feel the season is just too short if I wait until Thanksgiving.

  8. Colleen says:

    It is great to get a little at a time. I would like to do Christmas cards this year.

  9. courtney says:

    decorate the tree and listen to christmas music!!

  10. Mickey says:

    We just bought lots of Christmas decorations today! I’m already so excited about the holidays!

  11. Toni says:

    Great tips. I am not ready to think about Christmas yet. It seems like time is going faster and faster.

  12. Lolo says:

    Hopefully decorating Thanksgiving weekend!

  13. Leilani says:

    We used an artificial tree for a couple years, but then switched to real trees. We keep contemplating going back to a fake one.

  14. Julie says:

    Ack! I need to start getting ready! And my son’s birthday is at the beginning of December, so it seems like there’s one thing right after another. I’m trying to convince my husband to do a small Thanksgiving this year instead of traveling just so we’ll have time to relax and prepare. :)

  15. Ughh I don’t want to think about it yet!! lol

  16. We usually decorate for Christmas right before Thanksgiving but since we are moving in 3 weeks, it’s not going to get done until mid December. :(

  17. Kathleen says:

    My list pretty much has the same things on it. My Christmas lights all died last year too, so we need some new ones this year.

  18. We just moved into a new home so I am trying to do some new decorations and designs, so much to do!

  19. I can’t wait to start decorating for the holidays.

  20. Kelsey Apley says:

    We never do outside lights, I think it would be fun though! We use an artificial tree (hubs is allergic to rea) and we swapped out all old lights with LED and we love it!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Really Good…

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