Editing a double L word word post to Q of the day ;)

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Editing a double L word word post to Q of the day ;)
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Tue, 11-27-2012 - 9:53am
Question of the Day ‘Tis the season, and Since I've been seeing holiday decorations up since before the election.  So that begs the question: Holiday decorating: full tilt, minimal, or nothing at all? So far I have some music boxes that have been in my family for years, plus a few little Navaho tchotchkes I never remember to put away.  Oh, and I have a pinecone wreath on the door.  That’s it.

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Tue, 11-27-2012 - 10:20am
Question of the Day ‘Tis the season, and Since I've been seeing holiday decorations up since before the election.  So that begs the question: Holiday decorating: full tilt, minimal, or nothing at all? So far I have some music boxes that have been in my family for years, plus a few little Navaho tchotchkes I never remember to put away.  Oh, and I have a pinecone wreath on the door.  That’s it. I don't know if my edit is lost in the black hole of ivillage ...soooo again for the seventh time!
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Not all out, but not minimalist either.  Every year I decide to skip some of the "stuff" - just because someone gave it to us doesn't mean we need to put it out.  We do colored lights around the door and big front window and along the roofline, and a wreath on the door.  A garland on the mantel, a nativity set, some Snowbabies (how corny can you get?!), some candles, and a few knick-knacks.  We don't get a tree until 10-14 days before Christmas, and I take it down on New Year's Day if I can because by that time I'm tired of the rearranged furniture and crowded living room.

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Leftovers - just brownies and some queso dip which is what I had to bring, both not being touched for now.

Decorations - not til December; too early yet.  And then, minimal.  Usually a swag around the front door (with lights), a big lit wreath on the garage wall and lit garland around the light post outside, a tree in the livingroom, and some lights on garland on the den fireplace mantle, possibly with some light and motion ornaments (dh got us a TON early on; I tried to slow him down!). 

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<<Decorations - not til December; too early yet>>

I'm so glad you said this because I was starting to think I was the only one to feel like this! In some ways, I'm glad to have an "extra" week between Thanksgiving and Christmas but it also seems strange to be putting up a tree and lights when it's not December yet either :)

Lisa 

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Same way I feel about Christmas decorations at stores like Target before Halloween!

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Hi Sue, Pass the brownies ;) Working retail Where we too had to do our Christmas shops front and center, before Halloween, i know the head honchos are in fear everyone will forget Christmas is coming! Our website crashed last night! I was picking orders and it was hard to not let out a cheer when we found out!
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Hi Kelly, No one can see our house from the road so we dont put up lights. I do advent wreath on the dining room table and the Navaho pieces are similar to a nativity scene. We green our house on christmas eve and leave the tree up for the 12 days. have you always put the tree in the living room and not the family room? We used the dining room a couple years because there was more seating room there for Christmas morning and house guests.
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These brownies are too rich for me - you can have them (3 cups of powdered sugar/milk/butter/vanilla on top, then melted dark chocolate/butter on top of that)

How do you stand all the holiday shopping craziness?!

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Hi Lisa what about shopping? Do you wait or shop all year? Everyone started their lists? What do you say when your kids ask you what you want? My husband named 3 things, electric razor, running shoes, and tshirts. I drew a blank. I have been trying to figure out something unique for my oldest. I have zero ideas for him.
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We have our main tree up and decorated, our smaller tree is up with lights, waiting on decorations, My nativity set is up, and my Russian Santa collection is on the mantle.  I still need to put out my snowman collection.  We usually do a few wreaths outside, and some white lights in the front.  We are supposed to get a big storm tomorrow, so I'm holding out on the outside stuff.

DH is getting a new tv for Christmas, and that should be arriving any day.  DD23 has given me so many ideas, and I've bought her a few things.  DD20 has said all she wants is "Love" for Christmas. This is very typical of her.  She hates to ask for anything.  I finally twisted her arm and got her to tell me she'd like to have a sorority sweatshirt and a new blow dryer.

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