Usually, a couple of strings of white lights around whatever window has an outlet nearby and a few red balls on the Ficus will do. Not this year. I'm going big and I'm going early.

Think tree, lights, ornaments, wreaths, snowman lawn blow-ups and the mailbox dressed up as a candy cane. All of it. Classy, tacky, whatever. I don't care. It's just going to be a freakin' happy Christmas wonderland around here. One string of white lights are already up in the living room.

I think most of us have already decided that in 2020, do whatever you gotta do to keep your head straight. Some eat more. Some drink more. Some have actually started exercising a lot MORE.

My next "this year can shove it" move is going to be taking my Christmas decorating to a level I've never been.

Apparently, Americans spend A LOT OF MONEY on this crap. I mean, I know SOME people go all out every year. Christmas is their jam. (Those of us who don't, truly appreciate those who do...I mean, who doesn't love a fun, colorful, lit-up house???) But according to the National Retail Federation, Americans spend AN AVERAGE of $230 on decorations alone. Average? Geez.

In 2019, live Christmas trees averaged $80. (My neighbor gave me a good looking fake one last year so I've got that covered.) As decorations and displays start creeping into store aisles, keep your eyes peeled for me if you find any incredibly ridiculous treasures...I'm now officially on the hunt and I'll keep you posted on my progress...for the next 2.5 months!



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