Decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving – In a Subtle Way!

Ah yes, the never-ending debate.  Should you decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving or save it until after the pumpkin pie and turkey are gobbled up?

I have a tip for you on how to introduce Christmas decor before Thanksgiving without being obtrusive.

decorating for christmas before thanksgiving

Just introduce a little greenery here and there.  Above, I have some boxwood topiaries.  You may have spotted in the background a garland too.

Adding a garland is a nice subtle way to introduce Christmas decor subtly before Thanksgiving without being offensive!

decorating for christmas before thanksgiving

I recommend putting up a garland that isn’t full of poinsettias and bright reds.  Pick something more natural.  Faux or real.

French country Thanksgiving

Then I decided to put the turkey in the center of this breadboard.  The topiaries are a bit more Christmas (although frankly, I use them year round!).

French country Thanksgiving

The turkey is clearly Thanksgiving. 

I have always decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving.  I find that it takes me such a long time to put out all of my decor that I want to enjoy it just a bit longer.

I confess I usually start putting up my Christmas decor around Veteran’s Day weekend.  But I take it down pretty much on New Years. I know some people leave it up longer.

I find decorating early helps me when I go shopping as there are many Christmas sales and open houses on Veteran’s Day weekend.  I want to know what I have so when I go shopping I don’t buy things that I already have and that aren’t cohesive.

decorating for christmas before thanksgiving

Do you decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving or after?

Shop the post (affiliate links)

Black and White Mackenzie Child Candlestick 

Ceramic Turkey (similar tureen)  and another tureen

bread board (similar, monogrammed)

boxwood topiary and another topiary

SaveSave
Follow my blog with Bloglovin

4 Comments

  1. November 12, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Your kitchen is wonderful. You’ll enjoy decorating it for all occasions as well as every other day. I know you are thrilled to be in your new home in time for the holidays. I’m not one to start putting out Christmas decor till after Thanksgiving. I like to savor autumn as long as possible, but I will start right away after Thanksgiving. I’m hosting a dinner party on the 7th, so will need to hit the ground running. I honestly don’t do extensive decorating. I put up our tree, add greenery to the Welsh dresser and Irish Pine Cupboard, and set up a few vignettes with Santa figures, etc. Our home is small, so it is limited. I’m eager to see how you will decorate this new home. Have fun!

    • Angelina
      November 13, 2017 / 11:01 am

      I am so excited to be here just in time for the holidays. Our goal was to move in by Thanksgiving! I try not to go overboard with Christmas, I think I put up more greenery more than anything. I also like to put up lots of trees- mostly small tabletop ones, but I don’t do tons of Santas and things. I like the ambient like from Christmas trees.

  2. JessB
    November 13, 2017 / 10:02 am

    Beautiful pics! I love the new blog format…you’re finally in modern times! 🙂
    I never decorate before Thanksgiving. I think each season deserves its time. Plus, I’d much rather leave my decorations up through January since it’s such a bleak, cold month and the house needs the extra cheeriness of decorations.

    • Angelina
      November 14, 2017 / 8:04 am

      Thank you! Yes, my blog was due for a nice refresh! Ah, you do have a good point about keeping them up during January! You see, by January I am r-e-a-d-y for Spring because believe it our not our daffodils start blooming then!