We, intentionally, decorate late for Christmas. There are pros and cons to this. The biggest con is that one week before Christmas, things look pretty bleak around here and there is a moment of despair when we think that it won't all get done. But once we begin to decorate, it's magic. And then all the reasons why we decorate late make that moment of anxiety melt away.
It's amazing to me how a bedroom with one string of colored lights haphazardly woven between the dresser mirror and the window and the shelf on the wall seems magical. For a moment I thought we ought to leave them up year round and then I remembered that's it's magic is special because it is rare.
So, as Bill is crooning in my ear: "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.." I agree and begin to get excited too. And that's the biggest pro to waiting....the excitement is just now building and we won't be done with it on December 26th. We know so many people who spend the time between Christmas and New Years undecorating their house. They're sick of it, since it's been up for a month already. But around here, January is cheery for a few weeks since we can't bear to pack up things which we only just labored to put up.
And of course, what gets me most excited? Buying all the special foods - CHEESE glorious cheese.