Christmas Cheer: Do You Save It for the Season?

This morning, I sat watching this video from my friend Father Roderick Vonhögen of and pondering the current — undecorated — state of my home.

Honestly, in most years my home would have been decorated for Christmas by now. We typically host my husband’s work Christmas party in early December (it’s actually, of course, called a “holiday party”) and everyone expects decorations. This year, we’re off and as a result there is no “pressure” to decorate. I did spend a bit of time readying my Advent wreath on Saturday.

Our Advent Wreath

This year, I actually put quite a lot of thought and effort into my Advent wreath. My mother in law and I drove to a local Christmas tree farm to choose a living wreath to replace the raggedy old fake one I’ve been using for years. I stepped up from my old partially-burned taper candles to new ones that I’d purchased a year ago at a monastery I visited. The red tablecloth is obviously liturgically incorrect for the season, but my husband drew the line at a purple one. The “bling” in the center happened because this was a candleholder I’ve had for years and love, but it obviously has five glass holders. We may end up throwing a white candle in there, but a friend gifted me that purple ornament last week and it sort of just landed there.

I am not opposed to putting my Christmas tree up early, but at this point, I am also not feeling compelled to do so. I want it to happen on a day when our family can gather and spend a bit of time together enjoying the moment. With the rate things are going, that may be Christmas Eve.

And you, are you decorated — both literally and mentally — for Christmas or are you holding off? How has your Advent been so far?

About Lisa M. Hendey

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms.

  • Anne

    We started the month out by preparing our Nativity set and our Advent wreath. Decorating for Christmas is a slow progression that happens throughout the month. At the moment we have decals on our windows and garland wrapped around our bannisters, but that’s it. The tree and other “bigger” items won’t go up until the week before Christmas

  • Sarah Reinhard

    I hold off until the 3rd Sunday of Advent. And I’m noticing with my oldest being 7 this year and paying attention at a whole new level (she’s also preparing for First Communion, so she’s just paying attention to EVERYTHING in a whole new way) that it’s FUN to wait. When I hold off, I’m less bah-humbuggy.

    I love your wreath. You inspire me, and maybe next year I’ll put some special effort into ours. I have two now…