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?

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Black and White Mackenzie Child Candlestick 

Ceramic Turkey (similar tureen)  and another tureen

bread board (similar, monogrammed)

boxwood topiary and another topiary

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  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!