Christmas Mantel At BHG {Seasonal Decor Confusion}

At the end of this post, please share your thoughts on early decorators.  At what point to do feel it's ok to pull out the Christmas decor and when is it just plain too early?

I'm ready right now thanks to...








I'm known to be a little early busting out the Christmas decor every year but, c'mon, September?  Am I really blogging about Christmas when it's still 80 degrees in Michigan?  
  







I can't help it, I'm so excited to have my Christmas mantel featured at BHG.com.
A few months ago, I was contacted by Better Homes and Gardens about including my Reindeer Antler Snowflake Mantel in their 2012 Christmas slide show.  








After falling out of my chair, I responded with a huge yes, answered some of their questions and proceeded to stalk the BHG.com website every day until it was published, yesterday.








The slide show is a fantastic collection of "real home" Christmas mantels.  It's very inspiring.  So inspiring that now, I'm ready to go into the basement and dig out the Christmas boxes.  
I have a major case of seasonal decorating confusion.  






Here is the link to the BHG.com slide show.  You can also find their Christmas Ideas Magazine publication in stores now {which includes a beautiful spread on one of my favorite Christmas homes}.  My hope is that you will catch the seasonal confusion bug and I won't feel so alone.

At what point is it ok to decorate early?  When is it acceptable and when is it a little crazy?



Thank you, Better Homes and Gardens, for the feature.  



24 comments:

  1. Your Christmas mantel is stunning! I love the mix of items you used. It is traditional but fresh...that's what I like about your style.

    This would definitely be too early for me to decorate but I'm not in BHG. :)

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  2. Awww! Congratulations!! So happy for you! Your mantle is stunning but don't go putting it up yet!! Now is definitely too early but I say anytime after November 15th and you are good to go!

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  3. Definitely TOO EARLY to decorate for Christmas!! You have to decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving first!! But your decor is simply stunning ALL THE TIME!!

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  4. I just got asked to host one of my churches christmas women's group RS activities at my house, so Christmas decorating is on my brain! This comes at the perfect time. Now since I have a few months I can better plan out my decorating, rather than all my regular stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Congrats!!! That is beyond exciting. I'm the day after Thanksgiving girl. And I've been waiting for Oct. 1st to do Halloween. You could always do the antlers now w/fall stuff, then add xmas and delete fall accents;).

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  6. How exciting for you! I would say it's a *little* early to decorate for Christmas, but OK to start dreaming about it!

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  7. I would all year. Love it. I drag my stuff ( well the hubby and my grown children) from the basement. Box after box. Then the things I have stashed away, things I have found thrifting since last year. November 1 st. For all decorations. The trees,(3) go up the second weekend. Until the second week of January.

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  8. Talk about falling off your chair~I think I just did when I clicked on your link and saw my blog pop up! Holy cow, you just made my day! Off to check out your gorgeous mantle! They were smart to pick you, it's fabulous! xoxo

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  9. I'm waiting long enough to do the Halloween mantel- which is my favorite and up for the shortest amount of time. Somehow, I think Pinterest could be responsible for the earlier jump for retailers and magazines. Your mantel definitely stood out from the bunch.

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  10. Pretty yes ... but .... waaaay early. Becomes so old quickly.

    We have 3 trees (+ 3 floors!) in this big-ole house. I put the smallish (4 footer) on a very old antique drum table which belonged to my grandmother. Looks great w/a white real linen table cloth. A fave: lots of old colorful toys underneath the tree. Too awesome. I can wait it out though. After Thanksgiving is fine. Plenty of time to enjoy.

    Photos of holiday posts/photos are the best! Give us more!!

    Marcee/Illinois





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  11. Congratulations! How exciting!!! Your mantel looks beautiful like everything else you do! As far as when I decorate for Christmas...I usually start the day after Thanksgiving. We host Thanksgiving so I can't even think of Christmas until I get through that day!
    Cheers to you! - Shelley

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  12. Yay! Yours is one of my favorites from the slideshow. I am not an early decorator. I always wait until well after Thanksgiving. The tree usually goes up the first or second weekend in December. The longer the decorations are out, the longer our two little boys have to wait for Christmas. Two to three weeks of anticipation is plenty. :) I think it would be OK to decorate early if you were having a holiday party or had special relatives coming to visit for Thanksgiving and you planned to have a combined Thanksgiving and Christmas celebration with them. Before Halloween would just be ridiculous. :)

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  13. Fabulous! I must say that your matel decor was by far the most beautiful and creative. I love the impace the antlers and stockings make.
    As for Christmas decorating, my decor comes out the day after Halloween so that it will be in place by Nov. 15th. Until then I'm working on lots of DIY projects to incorporate into my decor.

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  14. I love this mantle, I usually decorate the day after Thanksgiving. I love my fall decor, so it's hard to take it down!

    xoxo, Tanya

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  15. I LOVE decorating for Christmas!!! It is my ALL time favorite season to decorate for. I usually pull out the Christmas decor right on thanksgiving and have the tree u by Black Friday ... I will decorate earlier sometimes because we travel during the holiday season and I want to enjoy it as long as I can:)

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  16. To me, Halloween is in October, Thanksgiving in November, and Christmas/Chanukah happens in December. The first of these respective months is early enough to decorate, IMHO.

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  17. I think we should enjoy one holiday at a time. I think the Friday after Thanksgiving is the day to begin Christmas decorating.

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  18. I would be absolutely thrilled, too. Congratulations! When is it too early? Well, it's your house so you are completely free to decorate when the mood strikes you. I'm all for doing what makes you happy even if it's not the norm. Some of the most creative ideas start that way! Who knows, you may end up tweaking the mantle to make it even more spectacular the more you look at it.

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  19. Love, love, LOVE your Christmas mantel! It's never too early to get your Christmas groove on, is it? Congrats on your feature with BHG.com ... well deserved! Our Fall mantel (from last year) was featured this year on their website, too ... what fun!

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  20. Anytime after Halloween, Christmas decor is ok with me. lol. ;) It doesn't make me take away from Thanksgiving either!

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  21. Day after Thanksgiving is soon enough!!! I barely even thinking about Halloween :)

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  22. A well deserved congrats! Your Christmas mantle is gorgeous.

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  23. I love the silhouettes! Such a timeless look that is easy to create on your own. You're getting me excited for Christmas with that beautiful mantel!

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  24. This is the best mantel I have seen. We have a fireplace that we are't for sure what to do with. I follow your blog and I plan on showing this post to my husband. Thanks for all of your creative ideas, keep it up.

    I'm stopping by from www.thepurdypostings.blogspot.com

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