Last night I took down all of my fall decorations and packed them away. The house has looked autumn-y since September 1st, and I was tired of looking at pumpkins and leaves! I am slowly putting up my Christmas decorations. We will not be able to enjoy them nearly as long as we did the fall decor.
Yesterday I also removed from storage my 4 sets of Christmas dishes and placed them in the kitchen cabinets. I have collected these dishes for the last 18 years.....the first and only complete set (plates, bowls, serving pieces, etc.) was a gift from Jimmy to me the first Christmas we were married. They are my favorite ones, because he was so sweet to give them to me, and because they are really pretty. I was so excited to receive those Christmas dishes that year! I also have a set of dessert plates and mugs (from Target, about 12 years ago), a set of dinner plates (also from Target about 10 years ago, and also a gift from Jimmy), and a set of square dinner plates, salad plates and small bowls that I bought from Kohl's (on sale, with a coupon!) last year. We use all 4 sets throughout the holiday season.
I found the Christmas XM radio station on DirectTV last night and played holiday music while I packed away various picture frames and accessories....to make room for my Christmas decorations. I set the dining room table with Christmas dishes and put the table arrangement in there too.
Yesterday and today I have completed a good bit of Christmas shopping. Maybe I will finally get around to wrapping a few gifts tonight! Once I get started, I will try to wrap at least 3 gifts a day.