Yesterday we purchased a fragrant fir and put it in our living room.
The lights and the ornaments are on the tree.
Stockings are hung from an archway (urban apartments have no chimneys).
When I was a kid we always made these preparations for Christmas in mid-December and we keep to that tradition today. Unlike the contemporary rush to get everything up at Thanksgiving – or earlier – and then tossing everything on the curb on December 26.
I prefer to ease into Christmas, taking some time to open my heart before opening gifts, and then wallowing in the long Christmas that follows.