When I married and began a family I kept those same traditions, adding a few of my own. I made sure there was Christmas music in my car and that there were cinnamon and pine candles burning most evenings.
Little by little the malls, town halls, and Main streets began to decorate a bit earlier... The Christmas candy and baked good began to appear in the supermarket the day after Halloween.
I vowed not to give into the pressure.
But... I have accumulated so much Christmas "stuff!" It takes me a week to set up my Christmas village. My carolers take a few hours to dust off and set up. Hanging the greens in and out of the house? Hours. I can't leave anything out because the kids are adamant about our traditions and I understand. So, I have them help me and that cuts down on the time. But the last few years, two are away at school, one lives in the city and the two younger ones are helpful only so much.
The worst part? Taking it all down. So that is what it comes down to. I start the 28th and am done by Dec. 10th. and turn around, take it down on Jan. 6th.
I think I may break tradition. Yup. I want a month between put up and take down! I don't feel as though I am giving into the pressure of the malls, and media pressure. I am giving into being a slave of stuff. So, I will start on Nov. 20th and be DONE the day after Thanksgiving so that I can enjoy the music, the smells, the decorations, and most importantly the meaning of the season.
And, when I have my own house some day (sans kids, keep the husband) I will only decorate the house with greens, candles, and anything my children have made me. I will only decorate the day after Thanksgiving and I will be done!