Christmas in Stores Before Halloween?

It starts with Pumpkin Spice lattes in August … the first hint that summer is ending and fall is around the corner. Then, it seems to snowball into Christmas decorations everywhere!  I mean, who is buying Christmas trees in September, right?!

ChristmasNow that it’s October, I feel like I finally can admit that I LOVE seeing Christmas sections in stores! While my husband is the only one buying Christmas lights now (he does outdoor Christmas lighting for his gardening clients, and each year he has to start sooner to meet that Thanksgiving deadline), I can’t help feeling giddy seeing those lights.

How happy is this face?!

Until I became a mom, Christmas just felt like most holidays, except longer. There was a period of time when I refused to watch Christmas movies before December 10th, and I certainly didn’t want to see Christmas in the stores before Thanksgiving. But now? GIVE ME ALL THE CHRISTMAS!

Now, it represents the anticipation of all the fun to come. It’s seeing my boys’ faces light up with each Christmas activity, movie, and song. It’s connecting with relatives I haven’t seen all year, and slowing down to enjoy each other’s company. It’s board game nights and arranging presents under the tree on Christmas Eve for our boys. Whenever I see Christmas decorations in stores I feel like … a kid on Christmas morning.

When we discovered that Lowe’s had their Christmas section up!

Even my boys are excited, and have said numerous times “I wish it were Christmas time.” Perhaps the best part of anticipating Christmas in October is getting to enjoy Halloween and Thanksgiving along the way. (And yes, we bought our Halloween costumes early. We love getting ready for holidays around here!)

Victoria grew up in a military family, and spent her last two years of high school in Fort Polk, LA. She promised to leave Louisiana as soon as she graduated, but after touring LSU she felt that Baton Rouge wasn’t too bad, and stayed! While attending LSU for her bachelor’s degree in English, she met her incredible husband, Jeff. Together they have two wonderful boys, James (3) and Asher (1). Now, she’s proud to call Baton Rouge home, and has experience connecting with other moms through the local ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness) and Mothers of Preschoolers groups. She’s convinced that some of the best people in the world live in Baton Rouge, and loves raising her boys here. She loves to bake, especially vegan and paleo recipes! She’s a Chick Fil-a addict, and a lover of books and gardens! Both of her boys are full of life! James is a social butterfly who loves to sing worship songs all day, every day! Asher is a cuddle bug with a heart of gold, who has to do everything James does! When Asher was only 1 day old he was diagnosed with craniosynostosis (a condition where the plates in his skull fused prematurely). He had major surgery to repair the fused sagittal suture at 3 months old. He had helmet therapy for 11 months, and was the cutest “helmet baby.” Now, 7 months later, he’s a totally normal, very active toddler.



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