It’s that time of year again, Thanksgiving.

Those who know me, or read the paper around this time last year, will know that one of my pet peeves is the when people skip over Thanksgiving and move straight onto Christmas.

I am very much not a fan of skipping the orange and brown leaves, the turkeys and the pumpkins for the mistletoe, stockings and wreaths.

And as far as people who put up Christmas decorations before or on Halloween, I’m just going to pretend like that doesn’t exist so I can try and live a happy life.

So I’m here, this year, again to tell you exactly when you should start the Christmas decorations.

Hopefully you’ll have a huge meal tomorrow followed by that ever-so-needed post Thanksgiving meal nap.

After that nap, you can put up your Christmas decorations. Thanksgiving is over and it’s onto the Christmas season as soon as that nap is over, but not before.

Let Thanksgiving finish before you hand the first stocking or replace those leaves in your wreath with red berries.

Finish that meal before swapping the turkey for reindeer and the pilgrims for Santa Claus.

Take that nap and get your energy back before you hang the lights on the house or put that Christmas tree up.

Holidays are split up for a reason. And for those of you who switch holiday seasons based on the shopping season, you still have the Black Friday sale before the pre-Christmas sales. Naturally, just like the English language, there are exceptions for every rule.

Those who are a bit older or lack the ability to move around well can go ahead and start beforehand if they need the extra time.

Those who have the big elaborate Christmas decorations where the whole house and yard become the attraction can start early. I know they’ll need the extra time before Christmas.

If Thanksgiving is the only time you’re going to be with family until Christmas Day, then go ahead and do it. Putting up Christmas trees and decorations are always better with family so go ahead if it’s your only chance before the holiday.

Also, if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but do Christmas, that’s also cool.

However, those are the exceptions to the rule. Generally, please don’t put up your decorations before Thanksgiving.

We have holiday seasons, notice the “s” on the end of the word, for a reason. Give each holiday time to breathe and be celebrated before moving onto the next. Right now, it’s time for fellowship and turkey; not fellowship and presents.

Just relax, eat, hang out with family and nap. The Christmas decorations can wait just another few days; don’t rush. Enjoy Thanksgiving and then put up your decorations.

Justin Blowers is a staff writer for The Southeast Sun and Daleville Sun-Courier. The opinions of this writer are his own and not the opinion of the paper. He can be reached at (334) 393-2969 or by email at

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