The countdown to Thanksgiving is on! Has anyone else been completely caught off guard by how early this holiday is arriving this year? I am not at all ready for this!
Not only has the early arrival of one my favorite holidays got me scrambling, it also has me in a quandary regarding my next favorite holiday - Christmas. In a spirit of full disclosure I will admit that I am one of those people who every years goes out Thanksgiving weekend to chop down my Christmas tree. We have friends we go with to chop the tree and then go out for Mexican food (nothing says happy holidays like an authentic chile relleno). By the end of Thanksgiving weekend the lights are up, the decorations are out, and I am full of the ho ho holiday spirit from my snowflake sweater to my Santa Claus mug. I also have jingle bell antlers for the cat, but you wouldn't believe the grief I have trying to get him to wear it.
This year, however, I am perplexed. Thanksgiving is early, so do I wait to put up the decorations? I would have them out immediately, but my hubby, practical man that he is, has laid down the law and is making me wait a week this year, at least in regards to cutting down the tree. He had something to say about a fire hazard, which I think is completely out of sync with the entire holiday spirit.
Here is a pic of him cutting down the tree last year. What is hard to see is how hard is was raining at the time. I suppose when I said I go out to cut down my tree, I should have really said I choose the tree since the actual chopping is done by someone other than myself. I guess that's why the man feels he has the right to say when the tree is cut.
I will admit that one year we took our old tree to a friend's house (who had a large property and a burn pile - do not try this in an urban environment!) and we decided to dispose of the old trees by having a bonfire. So the boys lit up the tree and oh my stars if that tree didn't whoosh into a fireball at least fifty feet in the air. It was impressive. The thought that fire starter had been only hours before in my living room was terrifying. So yeah, I suppose waiting a week may be a good plan after all.
In other news of things coming early, I got the word that my publisher is pushing up the publication date for my next book! I am starting a new series set in regency England, and I have to say I am having a blast writing it. Here is a sneak preview of the cover!
I just saw that my book is now out for pre-sale on Amazon. Nothing says happy holidays like a pre-order of A Wedding in Springtime!
So what are your traditions around the holidays? Anybody a decoration freak like me?