Christmas…it’s on!

1 Dec

Today just so happens to be December 1, which is a big deal in Beccaland. It’s a HUGE day. Because for me, December 1st marks the beginning of that most magical time of year, the Christmas season. Now I can start decorating our house with snowflakes. Now we can put up the Christmas tree. Now I can start buying the red and green peppermint candies. Now I can start watching The Muppet Christmas Carol on loop. The real celebration can begin.

But be careful!

There is a delicate balance to strike during this early phase of the Christmas season. And some people, in my opinion, get it wrong because they start celebrating Christmas in November. The TV stations, for example, get it wrong. They showed Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Monday. That was November 28. Way to early. The stores are way off base and start playing Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving. Again, way too early.

And the problem with starting the Christmas celebrations too early is that it is unsustainable. By the time you reach December 25, you’re kinda ready for Christmas to be over. So sad! But what you really need to do is plan a slow build towards Christmas. Start small. Start slow. Then gradually increase your holiday dorkiness to the point that you are wearing ugly Christmas sweaters and Santa hats. Or maybe have decorated your tree with the characters from the manger scene in Love Actually (see below):

Our family will be celebrating our first real Christmas with Henry and I’d love to make it extra special. Things I’d like to do this holiday season include: 1) making a gingerbread house, 2) decorating our tree with another fun theme (I’m thinking felt this year), and 3) making my own egg nog. I’m so excited for what the next 24 days will bring.

Christmas…it is so on.


7 Responses to “Christmas…it’s on!”

  1. Amy December 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    Ooo! Can we do gingerbread houses here?!?

    • rleadem December 2, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

      Yay! That would be fun! We could also make candy. I forgot to include that as one of my Christmas traditions.

      • Amy December 2, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

        Yes and yes

  2. Amy December 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    Ps- I ❤ your word tag cloud for this blog. It just has "Henry" really big with everything else taking second place.

    • rleadem December 3, 2011 at 11:58 am #

      That tag cloud is a pretty accurate representation of my life.

  3. Amy December 2, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

    Pps- I just looked through all your old posts and videos again. So happy you are doing this blog. Keep posting even after the 30 day experiment!

    • Ben December 3, 2011 at 5:50 am #


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