It has always been the tradition in our home to kick-off the Christmas season on December 1st. We don't put up any decorations or play Christmas music until it is officially December. I always used to wake up the family by playing, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!" by Andy Williams, nice and loud, early on the morning of that special day. For the past few years I've had to do it by phone! It has also been a tradition for Jeff and Emily to put up the outside lights together, usually on a blustery, snowy day. Em can't make it home for that fun task this year, but here's a photo from a couple of years ago.
I've done a bit of baking and a lot of Christmas song singing today. I love the holiday season, even though it is a bit of a marathon!