Have you guys fully jumped on the holiday bandwagon this year? Decorated your house? Bought all your presents yet?
I've not really tackled any of this. In fact, there's still a pumpkin on my front porch and two Halloween lanterns. Ooops.
Initially, I didn't want to celebrate Christmas too early (ie, right after early Thanksgiving). I told myself I wouldn't listen to holiday tunes or decorate until December 1st. But then that day came and went and it just didn't feel right: it was 70 degrees outside and all the Fall colors were still bright. Now it's December 7th and I have no decorations up and still have that pesky pumpkin lingering on my porch (because it hasn't moved itself to the trash).
So I think at this point, we won't decorate our house. On one hand, this is sort of sad. It's Bates' first Christmas and he'd probably love looking at the lights on the tree. But on the other hand he'd also love trying to eat the tree/lights and it takes forever to bring the tree out of the attic, set it up, and decorate it. Then it all has to be put away after the holidays. Bah humbug.
We have started listening to Christmas music, though. So there's that. Our fancy cable has a channel of it, I have a holiday station on Pandora, and soft rock 104.5 has all-Christmas-all-the-time until the 25th. And we plan on taking Bates to meet Santa at some point. And we're lighting the advent candle at our church next weekend, so that's fun.
On the present-front, we're lagging a little bit. We've bought a couple, but since we buy presents for about 15 family members not including ourselves (holy moly!), we have quite a way to go. Here's an interesting question for the masses: do you think we should buy Bates Christmas presents? Of course the instinctual response is "yes - of course." But then really think about it... He doesn't understand what's going on; when we give him too many new toys at once, he gets overwhelmed; we just got a TON of new toys from Jonathan's sister; and he has very generous family members who will buy him a lot of stuff. Also, his 1-year birthday is at the end of February. Thoughts? And for parents out there, any present ideas for a 10-12 month old?
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to remove that pumpkin from the porch before it rots.