If there is any year to start decorating early for the holidays early, it’s this year.

Typically, I’m that person that likes to wait until after Thanksgiving to partake in the Christmas spirit, but all bets are off this year. I need all the joy I can get.

I was sitting in my kitchen yesterday looking at the fake foliage draped over my cabinets and the ceramic pumpkins tucked to the side of each coffee table and I started feeling like their time to shine was up, and it’s time to lug the box of Christmas decorations up from the basement.

It’s time for my little Christmas village to reclaim its home on the entertainment system.

It’s time for the fall wreath to come down and the winter one to take its place as the temperature continues to drop.

In my opinion, it’s one of the best times of the year, and no amount of negativity will change that. The amount of holly-jolly that will be flowing out of my house will stop the darkness of 2020 in its tracks.

I know I’m not alone in this. I asked on Facebook if anyone has put up their Christmas tree yet, and I was flooded with dozens of responses accompanied by pictures of their trees all trimmed and lit beautifully. I, myself, have not put mine up yet, because, for the first time, I will be purchasing a real tree. Hopefully, my cats won’t destroy it too badly.

But in the meantime, enjoy some of the Christmas trees that are already shining brightly on the SouthCoast.

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