We put up our tree the day after Thanksgiving. I was so excited to decorate because this year I got a new tree and all new decorations! (We also ended up getting new lights because ours got fried because of our stupid screwy wiring last year... but that's a whole other story.)
I'm loving peppermint this year, and have had so much fun looking for ornaments over the past couple of weeks. The only things not new this year are my snowflakes and the picture ornaments I do of my kids every year.
I'm carrying the peppermint theme over to the mantle. I can't decide between the peppermint hat box and the apothecary jars filled with peppermint candies for my favorite.
I let the kids pull out the little tree and set it up downstairs, and decorate it all by themselves!
That's tradition too.
That way I can have my pretty, themed tree and not fill guilty for not letting them help me decorate it...