I Can Finally Decorate Early!

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I am so excited!  Just another baby step towards my new chapter, but such a fun way to start the holidays.  Yes, I’m planning on decorating early this year.  My blogging friend Sam and I were just talking about it as he’s already begun to decorate for Christmas and I thought, why not?  What am I waiting for?

I used to have to wait until December 1st to begin decorating for Christmas and it was torture for me because I LOVE CHRISTMAS!  Now in our new place, I can decorate whenever I want and to my heart’s content!  Translation:  I can be as gaudy or sparse as I want.  I can decorate with whatever makes ME happy and not feel burdened to display Christmas decorations that were gifts, but not my taste.  I gave all those to the Ex to use! HAHA

I’m starting to look around my house and think about where I can put the tree and imagine what I want to put on the mantle.  Of course, battery operated candles will be prevalent (kids and pets don’t do well with open flames), and the ones I had from my old life work great here.

I like sparkles (tastefully done of course) but I may go hog wild this year and just decorate with what makes me smile instead of the boring traditional.  Oh heck, I can live it up for a season!  Right?  I mean, what do I care if someone doesn’t like it?  As long as the kids and I are happy, then that’s what it’s all about. (Sam if you’re reading this, that hokey pokey line was for you! LOL)

It’s kinda like how I am dressing these days too.  Not flashy or tacky.  But with a little eclectic fare when I feel like it.  Pushing out of my comfort zone a bit.  Nothing gauche or tight fitting, but when the weight is right, I’m wearing what I think looks good even if it’s not what my traditional fashion sense was previously.  I’m not dressing for his approval anymore.  Because, I don’t have it anyway – and his approval doesn’t mean diddly squat to me anymore.

Oh, I’m growing!  Expanding!  Rearranging!  Feeling lighter and freer!  I don’t want to look back and wish I had done what I wanted when I could.  I want to drink champagne in celebration of life being good in the here and now.

No more saving it for a special occasion.  I’ve got 2 bottles in the fridge waiting for the moment.  But the moment is going to be during the holidays.  Maybe I’ll even have an open house here and invite some friends over.  Oh my, now wouldn’t that be a treat???

Thanks Sam for getting me excited to decorate!  I love when blogging friends do that –   encourage you by what they’re doing!  Keep up the great work everyone!  I’m listening!  And I just found the Holly music channel –  life is Christmasy now!

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30 Responses to I Can Finally Decorate Early!

  1. TJ Fox says:

    Yay! So awesome that you are doing what you want and what feels good! The lightness of it all is amazing feeling, isn’t it?

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  2. See, there are lots of benefits to being single, enjoy, be free and go for it 🎊🤸🏼‍♂️🎉🦌🎄🙋‍♀️

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  3. Christmas is my favorite holiday, too! I love the lights and music! Happy decorating!! You go, girl!🎄

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  4. Create Space says:

    Janie, we have our home decorated since last Monday! We love Christmas and we savour the lead up! We sit together at our stove in the light of our tree and it’s so cozy and relaxing! Enjoy Christmas Janie your way!!

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  5. Create Space says:

    Ps. Let me know when that open house party is on!😉

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  6. SDC says:

    YAAAAYYYY! JINGLE JANGLE, Lol! Fantastic, so exciting! 🎄🎁🎄🎁

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    • janieleeds says:

      Oh believe me, the Christmas bug has hit me hard! I spent the weekend going through the decorations and it’s like opening presents because I forgot what I had! Changing it up a bit too which is exciting. Now I just hope the kids like it when they come home! Thanks for paving the way Sam! Jingle Jangle Decking the Halls with Boughs of JOY!! ♥

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      • SDC says:

        Hah! I had a few things I forgot too! I make a new little set up each year for Christmas pictures and sometimes I don’t remember having kept it! Your kids will love it, I’ve realized no one here wants to actually help me but they love when its all done and they can bask in the Christmas glory labor free! 😂 So happy you’re enjoying early Christmassing!!

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      • janieleeds says:

        Yup, I decorated alone too, but I was happy to do it. Kids and I will decorate the tree once we go get it. I like a real tree and as long as kids are home, we will pick one out and bring it home. That’s a tradition since before they were born that I’m not stopping now. Maybe someday I’ll get a fake tree, once they’ve flown the coop, but until then, nothing beats the smell of a real tree in my humble opinion. 🙂 Thanks for being my decorating inspiration. I appreciate the friendship. 🙂 Cheers to decking the halls early! LOL

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      • SDC says:

        I do prefer the real ones but I must keep my house too dry to sustain a real tree! It seems it either dies in a week and makes a huge mess, or I put too much water in it and it makes a huge mess 😣 Can’t get it right, lol!

        You’re welcome! And I appreciate you as well! 🤗🤗🤗

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  7. Jad says:

    You said some very important words there ” I don’t want to look back” too often people become bogged down in whats ifs and forget to cherish and enjoy the here and now!!
    As long as you learn from your lessons from the past then leave it where it belongs “in the past”!!
    I love Christmas too, decorating can be so much fun, I just hate taking all the crap down after the holidays!!
    I hope you post some pics!

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    • janieleeds says:

      I will try to take some good ones. So far, the lights haven’t been god. I am glad you love Christmas too! Have you started decorating? I feel the same way about putting it all away. Take it out and decorate? I’m all in. Put it away after the holidays, blah! I wish someone else would do it for me as it’s such a letdown sometimes. 🙂

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      • Jad says:

        Different circumstances have meant that I have not decorated for over 3 years and I have sorely missed it!!
        I won’t be decorating this year either because on December 10th I get on a plane and go home to Australia…I do plan on buying a whole plethora of Christmas decorations in the after Christmas sales in Australia so I am all ready for next year!
        As for putting the crap away, in Australia I have two grown sons who I will be able to sweet talk into doing it for me 🙂

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      • janieleeds says:

        Yay Jad! I can’t wait to see all the fun things you buy after Christmas sales (they are the best, aren’t they?) And going home for Christmas, no better way to spend it! Two grown sons, aren’t you lucky! It’s going to be a lovely Christmas! 🙂

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      • Jad says:

        Thank you, I am actually going home for good so this Christmas is all the more special, 13 years away from my family is a LONG time

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      • janieleeds says:

        I wish you safe travels and a big cart for all of those suitcases! 13 years! I hope you have the best homecoming ever!! Good for you! 🙂

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      • Jad says:

        I am so excited to be going home, these last few weeks are actually torture now I am so close!!

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      • janieleeds says:

        Keep shopping now that you have so many suitcases and get ready! It’s going to be lovely to be home again! 🙂

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