Graybeard Outdoors banner
1 - 20 of 29 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,304 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Christmas is my favorite time of year. Though the celebration of the Risen Christ at Easter might be the most important event to mankind, I still love all the pretty stuff.

So much so, that I'm thinking about changing for our family the "official" date of Christmas decorating from the day after Thanksgiving to All Saints Day (November 1st).

When do you guys put the stuff up? Am I nuts, or what?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,676 Posts
My wife is like clockwork......the weekend after Thanksgiving . I'am at the hunting camp, she goes shopping on Friday, puts up decorations Sat- Sunday. When I come home Sunday afternoon I hang the outside decorations.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,523 Posts
My wife is like gstewart44's. A few days after Thanksgiving, the Thanksgiving decorations come down and the Christmas decorations go up.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
101 Posts
It's all still up from last year...lol ;)

Seriously, we put a tree up after Thanksgiving, thats about it. We have explained what Christmas is to our son since he was three, so no santa around here. We give gifts on Christmas eve, I usually have to work Christmas day.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
146 Posts
Good for you Puma!!!!!!!!! My son has never sat on satins ops I mean santas lap. We have told him the truth from day one. How can you lie and tell him santa, easter bunny, and such are real and then expect him to beleive you when you tell him about God. BTW we don,t do the tree deal and on christmas we skip town for 2 or 3 days and get away. That way we avoid the run around of my family to her family to here to there. Just sorry we're gonna be out of town.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,471 Posts
Put it up on the day after thanksgiving and take it down new years!
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,471 Posts
Skunk said:
puma4440 said:
We have explained what Christmas is to our son since he was three...
My 7-year-old thinks we should bake a birthday cake for Jesus on Christmas. :)
We did that last year...it was cute and really helps the kiddos understand.

Heather
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
11,075 Posts
I Love the season, and have always enjoyed the holidays. But i hate the decorating and i really hate the undecorating !!! Bah humbug! :mad:
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
16,821 Posts
We decorated today.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,080 Posts
No set day as long as everything is set to light on DEC 1st.
Stays up till the first weekend in Jan.
I light up 8 trees down the 450"+ driveway along with two lighted wreaths at the end.
I outline the house along with lighted wreaths on the doors and a white lighted star on the roof.
The sheds along with the front of the 32" tall barn get outlined also.
On the front of the barn is a large white lighted star.
All lights are multi colored except the stars.
I get so tired of seeing house after house with just white lights!
It's supposed to be a festive season honoring CHRIST our LORD so make it as joyous as possible.

To me it is also about family and friends.
This is the one holiday we all try to get together on.

Everyone has their own way of celebrating, which is fine as long as they include the FATHER, the SON and the HOLY SPIRIT!


LONGTOM
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
723 Posts
When Donna was alive, the cabin glow could be seen for miles around. Since she passed, I don't decorate at all except for a small porcelain tree. It was a Disney item she liked because it had "tweety" on it.
"tweety" was her favorite character. She had hundreds of tweety items. I even had Tweety carved on her head stone. I still set a plate for her at the table because she is still here in spirit.
I do like to see the little ones eyes light up when they see the colorfull lights. Christmas is about love and sharing.

The Hermit
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,258 Posts
Oldshooter said:
I Love the season, and have always enjoyed the holidays. But i hate the decorating and i really hate the undecorating !!! Bah humbug! :mad:
I am with you here for sure. We decorate when she says so. That happens to be tomorrow. I come home from work today and she was out putting lights on the porch. She then went on to I need you to hang the upper lights this weekend. I told her my 28' ladder was at work and I would not be able to do it this weekend. You know how that went. I am driving 69 miles to get a ladder in the morning! :eek: :mad: Dale
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,304 Posts
Discussion Starter · #16 ·
I'm not gonna get to it this weekend, but probably next. I've gone round and round about the Santa thing. I used to be WAY over the top on the anti Santa campaign, but I've melloed in my age, and I really don't see any of my kids horribly scarred from having a little Santa around. They are all baptized, sanctified believers, in spite of Mr. Claus, and it (Santa Claus tradition) has always produced some mighty fine cookies around the tree at Christmas Eve.

After all, guys, the only Biblically referenced ordinances in Christiandom is Baptism and the Lord's Supper. If we are gonna really stick to the essence of Biblical Doctrine, there should be no Christmas at all.

I think that that would be tragic. I really didn't want this to become a theological discussion anyway, I just love the lights, the music, the celebration on the birth of our Savior, and yes, heretic though I may be, I like seeing jolly ol' St. Nick around too.

I have "The First Noel" playing in the background now. All I need is a few snowflakes here in frosty Houston (it's cooled all the way down to a bone chilling 64 degrees), and then it'll be perfect :)
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
16,821 Posts
I once belonged to a legalistic anti-Christmas church myself. I'm glad that's behind me.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,342 Posts
growing up we put them up 1 to 2 weeks ahead took them down jan 2nd of the new year. christ now the stores start with christmas right after halloween. they made it so commercial pumping the kids heads with all the new stuff that they have taken the joy from the time.

they put so much pressure on the kids and that relays to the parents as stress that they ruined the season in my mind. i remember just dreaming of the one maybe two things i might get as a kid..a new schwinn bike loaded with headlights and that brand spanking new daisey pump. i was perfectly happy with either one and never once thought i was being denied.

the kids now have list two pages long aand if old enough always have the ipods or cell phones and other high dollar items on the list. the shame is that they really feel denied if they do not get them all and the parents feel as if they somehow have failed if they do not give them it all.

they missed the whole point in my mind......man how i long for those days.... that one simple gift along with the warmth of the love of my family around christmas dinner.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,523 Posts
Heather said:
Skunk said:
puma4440 said:
We have explained what Christmas is to our son since he was three...
My 7-year-old thinks we should bake a birthday cake for Jesus on Christmas. :)
We did that last year...it was cute and really helps the kiddos understand.

Heather
That's awesome Heather.
 
1 - 20 of 29 Posts
Top