I try to give each holiday it's time. It really bugs me when there's Valentine's Day candy out while you're still sifting through Christmas clearance, or pumpkins and ghouls right next to the fireworks. That last one might be a stretch, but you get what I mean.
I have a self-imposed rule, one that has turned into more of a tradition than anything, and that is putting up our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. It's certainly not an unusual tradition, just something I like to do to ensure that Thanksgiving gets the appropriate recognition. Then, the Christmas tree is up for long enough to enjoy and it turns into something to do the day after the holiday, when it seems, for some reason, that there is nothing to do. Well, shopping, but that's another story.
The rule I have broken is playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving. I usually wait until the day after Thanksgiving for that, too, but today I was in the mood.
My music of choice is the Christmas set from Sufjan Stevens, which includes some new takes on some old favorites. Along with the good music, you also receive some fun stickers with the set. It might be in the 60s outside, but I can still enjoy some Christmas spirit indoors.
Today I am thankful for grace. I need a lot of it. I may not deserve it, but I need it.