I think we can all agree it’s been a long year and that we could all use a little magic in our lives right about now. And what’s more magical than pretty decorations and glittering lights? We know decorating for the holidays now may seem a bit early, but it’s OK to do things differently this year.
You’re probably already seeing decorations in your neighborhood. If not, a quick look at your favorite social media app will tell you that people everywhere are bringing the magic of the holidays a little earlier this year. If you aren’t sure you’re ready for it, here are eight great reasons to start decorating for the 2020 holidays right now.
You Don’t Have to Do It All in One Day
One of the best things about decorating early is that you get to ease into it. Putting up all the decorations at once is a lot of work and can take some of the fun out of it. So if you spread it out and take on a few tasks each day, it won’t seem like work at all. Adding a little bit at a time will also keep you from getting seasonal overload before the holidays arrive.
A good strategy is to start outdoors. Put up lights and outdoor decorations while the weather is still warm. That way, when the snow comes, you won’t be up on a ladder – you’ll just have to plug them in.
Your Neighbors Will Thank You
It’s hard to deny that sparkling lights and shiny decorations bring smiles to a lot of people. And almost everyone could use a little extra happiness right now – especially those who may not get to spend the holidays with their families this year. Plus, you’ll find that it’s contagious. Once you put up a few lights, you’ll see them starting to appear on your neighbors’ lawns too.
It’s Nice to Be Prepared
If you add to your holiday decor every year, you’ll quickly run out of storage space if you don’t purge your collection once in a while. Before the holidays start is the best time to sort and organize all your decorations. That way, you’ll know what you need to add and what might need repair before you start putting them up. It’s never fun to plug in the lights and realize they don’t work after you’ve already put them on the tree.
Others Can Benefit from Your Early Start
If you sort your decorations early, you can donate your extra items to a thrift store or community center. You might even have a neighbor who’s had a challenging year and could benefit from your spare holiday decor.
You’ll Get the Best Selection
With the inability to travel as much, more people will be staying home and decorating for the holidays this year. That means chances are good that decorations are going to be the next item to sell out. So if you wait to pick up your holiday decor, you might be left with slim pickings (especially if you’re looking for lights, which seem to be going quickly this year.)
The Holidays Won’t Feel Rushed
December is often such a flurry of shopping, baking, wrapping and decorating that the holidays can feel a little more stressful than joyful. By starting early and spreading out the tasks, you’ll find that everything is a bit more pleasant. You can take the time to enjoy decorating and let the whole family get involved. And you’ll still have lots of time for wrapping and baking when you’re done.
You Can Start Some New Traditions
Since things are likely going to be a little different this year, it’s the perfect opportunity to start some new traditions to help make the holidays feel extra special. With more time to prepare, you can try your hand at making your own decorations. Or if you’re good with gadgets, why not set up a holiday light show with music to accompany it?
Your Home Will Be Cozier
Sparkling lights and seasonal decor add a warmth and coziness to your home that can actually help improve your mental state. Studies show that holiday decorations create feelings of goodwill and can improve moods and invoke positive memories. Familiar rituals like decorating and the anticipation of positive events can be very comforting when times are bleak.
With all these benefits, there’s really no reason not to decorate early for the holidays this year!