THE HOBO HOMEFRONT: Let's neither rush the holidays nor be rude during parties

Published: Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 07:32 PM.

If you visit my house, you'll notice — besides the well-lived-in feeling — a decor theme that drives my husband, Adam, crazy!

You see, long ago, after marrying Adam, I traded Cosmo magazines for more “wifey” magazines — such as Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Living — and have become quite the decorator.

My preferences differ from others', but there are lots of interesting articles in both.

But I've always been bothered when people rush holidays, and rapidly change their decor, in lieu of living in the moment.

Stores display Christmas decorations around Halloween, almost completely skipping Thanksgiving.

The radio plays Christmas music before Thanksgiving. (Hey, I like carols as much as the next person, but I like to celebrate the holidays in order. At my house, fall and Thanksgiving décor are up until black Friday — at minimum.)

Of course, it's a shame when you have a pretty place but have ugly-acting guests. No matter how upbeat you are, there is always one person who tries to start the ripple of bad vibes through the crowd at holiday gatherings.

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