Redecorating too- but only in the crafty nook.
I don't put Christmas decor up throughout the house until ~after~ Thanksgiving.
Usually the very next day, but still.
I honestly believe that the reason I have fond childhood memories of Halloween and Thanksgiving is because we enjoyed and celebrated both holidays in and of themselves. No Christmas trees or twinkle lights went up until AFTER Santa appeared at the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Tradition, and every holiday in its own good time.
That's not to say that we didn't listen to Christmas music prior to December though... or maybe it was just me, after the advent of the Walkman. Holiday music helped me get in the mood for baking and making, as did band rehearsals for a month in advance, our holiday concert a gift to our parents and community.
Now as an adult, having my children sign our Christmas cards and wrapping and addressing small gifts to mail the day after Thanksgiving (when so many are shopping and avoiding the post office) are part of my personal strategy to help make November, December and January as stress-free as possible. But like most crafters, I need time to create gifts, and require a bit of inspiration and ambience to get in the mood. I've been known to play Christmas music in July as I decide upon the handcrafted gifts that must be planned in advance, especially since I'm a full time teacher. But after the leaves have turned and fallen, it's time to get serious.
So I visit holiday markets, admiring vignettes that blend handcrafted, vintage, repurposed, and new items:
It's an auto HOOD!
Sheet music artfully turned into a winter forest:
Frills, fur and sparkle:
Bulb-adorned branches are a favorite decor element of mine:
More cream and ivory:
An army of nutcrackers:
... and trees, trees, and more trees!
Finding my way to the crafty nook this morning, coffee in hand, I realized I had to
Out came the snowflake and star punches:
Christmas and winter papers:
... and snowflakes, sparkles and ornaments thrown in for good measure: