Earlier Holiday Seasons & Organic Produce Giveaway

Last weekend when I hit the thrift shop jackpot and picked up some new-to-me dishes and photography props, I realized that the Christmas and holiday decorating is in full swing.

By November 1st it seems that all things Christmas from red and green cookie sprinkles to holiday music to holiday stocking stuffer ideas are everywhere; nearly two months before the actual holiday.

It seems that retailers go straight from 4th of July to Christmas.  There is Christmas stuff in the stores even before they put out the Thanksgiving items.  And Halloween items tend to start pretty early, too.  Usually right after Easter.  Kidding.  Kind of.

We’re not putting up a tree, so no ornaments will be hung here.  I purchased these ornaments at the thrift shop for photography purposes rather than actual tree-hanging purposes.

I don’t have a mantle to hang stockings from.

Nor will I have any elaborate table centerpieces with big bowls of pinecones on display.

These pine cones are in a bag in a closet and I’ll break them out as needed for photos.

I used them in the photos of the Rosemary Chipotle Roasted Almonds I just made.

We’re going away and we’ll be gone in December anyway.  The last thing I want to do when we return home is put away holiday decorations or take down an artificial tree.  I’ll have my hands full with dirty laundry, mail sorting, grocery shopping, and just getting back into the swing of things.

So instead of red and green, I have orange for you.

If you’d like to enter to win a coupon for free organic produce such as baby carrots or carrot chips from Grimmway Farms, comment below.

Questions & To Enter the Giveaway:

1. Do you decorate for the holidays?  Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc.?  <– One entry if you answer this question

Holiday decorating is great if you love it and have time for it and the taking down and putting it away doesn’t bother you.

And finding space to store it all.  I am short on that, too.  Have you seen my kitchen?

So I really don’t decorate.  I get my decorating jollies from the elaborate home decor Pinterest boards I see or living vicariously through a Martha Stewart catalog but I don’t do much of it.  Buying a pumpkin is my idea of “decorating” for Halloween.

I know some people live for holiday decorating.  They buy things all year in the name of the holiday, they have elaborate collections of things, i.e. snow globes, ornaments, miniature Santas, pumpkins, Easter Bunnies, fancy glass eggs, whatever it is, they collect it.

Then there are the people who put their holiday outdoor light displays up in September and leave them up til about June.  I have memories of my dad hanging outdoor lights on the house for Christmas.  Nothing says weekend project I never want to tackle like climbing on the roof with four feet of snow on the ground in zero degree temperatures with 30 below wind chills to get those lights hung.  Glad it was him and not me.

I love looking at decorations, lights, and getting into the fa-la-la-la of it all but I just won’t be personally doing any of it.  I’d rather use my free time to bake and decorate cookies rather than decorate my house.

Scott is also Jewish and although he wouldn’t care if we put up a tree and actually wants Skylar to learn about both Christian and Jewish traditions, I figure it’s easier to put up a Menorah than it is to put up a tree.   I plead the laziness card.

2. How early do you think is too early for Christmas stuff to make an appearance in stores?  <– Second entry if you answer this question in a separate comment

I think anything before Halloween is too early.

It used to be that anything before Thanksgiving was too early but now, by Thanksgiving, some people have all their holiday shopping done!

3. Third entry if you Twitter Follow & Tweet:

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Leave separate comments for each entry you want to claim (maximum of 3 entries)

Winner announced next post.  Open to Continental U.S. Residents only.

   

68 Responses to “Earlier Holiday Seasons & Organic Produce Giveaway”

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    Kayleigh S — November 16, 2011 at 3:32 am

    We decorate for all the holidays! Especially Christmas, I love it so much December is pretty much my favorite month.

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    Kayleigh S — November 16, 2011 at 3:33 am

    I think Christmas stuff is too early if it’s before Halloween, like you said.

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    Tracy — November 16, 2011 at 3:35 am

    At our house we decorate more by season than holiday. Except for Christmas we have the tree, stockings, etc.

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    Tracy — November 16, 2011 at 3:36 am

    I think by the middle of november is a good time to bring out the Christmas stuff. But honestly, I don’t let it bother me.

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    Joy — November 16, 2011 at 4:10 am

    We decorate at least a little for everything – more for Halloween (hubs favorite) and Christmas (my fave)

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    dragonmamma/naomi — November 16, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Halloween, as you know, is my big holiday, but I also put out some effort for Christmas. Inside we do the tree, and I have a snowman theme going on with my dining room table: tablecloth, plates and some candles. I have a Christmas Village that I set up in the fireplace.

    Outside, I hang garlands around the porch.

    The rest of the holidays are left in the dust. No decorating for Easter, Valentine’s Day or Groundhog Day.

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    dragonmamma/naomi — November 16, 2011 at 4:18 am

    I’m really bugged when the Christmas displays crowd out the Halloween merchandise. Nothing kills the mood of picking out new skeletons or ghosts more than listening to tinkling music coming from the inflatable Santa Clauses!

    Christmas carols should be banned before Thanksgiving.

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    dragonmamma/naomi — November 16, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Already FB like you.

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    Jennifer — November 16, 2011 at 4:28 am

    2 How early do you think is too early for Christmas stuff to make an appearance in stores?

    I was bothered by Christmas stuff!! I really would get upset to see that my local stores had overflow bins of summer clearance, Halloween stuff and Christmas was hitting the shelf. I hear you. Get over it! But people it is only October 20th. Why must we cross sell so early $money$ Why must you rush me past a holiday before it has started $money$ I will not let the bottom $dollar$ of any company in my area ruin another season, holiday or day before I fully enjoy it. I was a hold out and I always missed the great stuff, the stuff you see when you’re getting your everyday items and saying look kids it’s October and the Christmas stuff is out. HA HA HA!!! I have started to take advantage of sales, I buy the item that I want and if I find it cheaper I buy that one and return the other with my receipt. No chance of loosing that item I really loved. Keep your receipt or you will loose out. I am within 10 minutes of several store I know this sounds silly but what ever. My kids enjoy finding something we bought cheaper because the money goes into their money bin or to buy other new items. Many stores give 90 days to return no questions asked just have your receipt. No I don’t need my Christmas stuff in October; but I don’t miss out on the item I really wanted anymore. Bathing suites when it is snowing, Autumn dishes when I’m at the beach, Christmas while the leaves are falling I have just adapted my thinking to take advantage of their products and sales.

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    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — November 16, 2011 at 4:30 am

    Generally I’m all about Christmas and get really excited, but not this year. We booked a trip to Punta Cana and we’ll be gone through the WHOLE thing and honestly? I couldn’t be happier about it. I just want to go diving and NOT decorate the house hehe

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    sarah s — November 16, 2011 at 4:45 am

    i don’t decorate for the holidays! i’m jewish so it was never a big deal to get seasonal decorations out or anything. as i’ve gotten older, i’ve also noticed that it helps me personally NOT to decorate because so many of my friends will set out a big candy bowl for halloween, valentines day, and easter… and since sweets are always hard for me to ignore when they’re staring right at me, i’m definitely glad i’m not compelled to do the same!

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    sarah s — November 16, 2011 at 4:47 am

    i think around thanksgiving is the time when i start to enjoy seeing christmas decorations. i like simply and understated best though, just white lights really!

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    Jennifer — November 16, 2011 at 5:18 am

    1. Do you decorate for the holidays? Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc

    The only holiday I have ever in my grown life decorated for was Christmas. I am one of those people that just take holidays as what they are. DAYS! With that said I have not even pulled my Christmas stuff from my mom’s attic in over 4 years.

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    kathleen @ the daily crumb — November 16, 2011 at 5:18 am

    this is our first year in a house for the holidays (as opposed to our last shoebox apartment) and i am SO excited to decorate!!! i’m looking for the perfect stockings as we speak. and i do love anything and everything pinecone. i bet your house is gorgeous this time of year :)

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    Heather (Where's the Beach) — November 16, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Yep, I decorate for Christmas. And I find I keep getting more and more elaborate. Not sure why b/c taking it all down and storing it is a PITA.

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    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — November 16, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Those carrot chips looks delicious! My favorite was decorating my dorm in college for holidays – everyone got really into it!

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    Michelle — November 16, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Anything before the week of Thanksgiving is too early and makes me feel grinchy :)

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    Michelle — November 16, 2011 at 5:49 am

    I already fb like you. Does that count?

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    hipveganchic — November 16, 2011 at 6:06 am

    i dont decorate for any holiday. and im a Christian too. i have nothing against it at all. my issue is just that i dont like trees and bulky items taking up space in our house to be used only once a year. im kinda anal about oragizing and cleanliness. and i like to live life simplistically.

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    hipveganchic — November 16, 2011 at 6:06 am

    the day after Halloween is TOO early for decorating. sorry.

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    Kat — November 16, 2011 at 6:24 am

    we are not big holiday decorators. Christmas = tree and lights outside (last year for the first time since it was our first year in a house and not an apt! years before that included the hubby gifting me with rosemary trees <3)

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    Kat — November 16, 2011 at 6:26 am

    I feel like before Thanksgiving is too soon… but Christmas stuff starts making an appearance earlier and earlier every year – September?! especially since I live in Florida where it doesn’t feel wintery outside… it just feels wrong. Plus I really really love Thanksgiving – not the food part (I’m vegan and usually end up eating kale salad while everyone else goes to town on animals) but the togetherness with family

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    Neena — November 16, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I love to decorate for the holidays. My house (inside and out) is draped in lights, and tinsel, and all kinds of knick-knacks. It’s quite tacky, but I love it, and my kids thinks it’s a wonderland. I do it for them and for me.

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    Chris — November 16, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Typically, I only decorate for Christmas. We have a 6ft tall Eiffel Tower in our living room that becomes our Christmas tree. (No needles to vacuum up :) I don’t have a centerpiece for my kitchen table because like all flat surfaces–it’s full of clutter. I heard Christmas music in Walmart on 11/2—that’s waaaay toooo early. Two of our radio stations are playing Christmas music 24/7–that started at least a week ago. Like you, just keeping up with daily life is enough to do thankyouverymuch–no seasonal decorating here either. Storing all that stuff too…more clutter. haha!

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    Elizabeth — November 16, 2011 at 7:17 am

    We do decorate, but we do not put up a tree. We do not decorate until after Thanksgiving.

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — November 16, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Oooh carrot chips sound great. I live in a teeny tiny apartment but I still try to decorate for Christmas. I have a giant bowl filled with ornaments, hang little Christmas stockings, and use lots of red plates/mugs :)

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — November 16, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Jealous of your getaway :) I am a huge holiday decorator…I transform my whole place to Christmas!

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    domestic diva — November 16, 2011 at 8:08 am

    We don’t usually decorate, but might once our little one gets older.

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    Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes — November 16, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Those pine cones are absolutely gorgeous! I love Christmas decorating! And I’m excited it’s about time for it! :)

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    rudy — November 16, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I don’t decorate much at my own house, but I do help my parents decorate theirs. It’s a lot of fun, but sometimes i just don’t have budget allowance to fancy up my own place.

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    Bev Weidner — November 16, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Is that you in the ornament reflection?!

    I baaaarely decorate. I need to change that though. CHANGING NOW.

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — November 16th, 2011 at 11:11 am

      Yes it is…I was going to spend time trying to remove it but was like…why bother :) Good eyes there, Missy!

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    rudy — November 16, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I don’t like to see Christmas stuff until after Thanksgiving. I like to live in the moment. There are so many fun things to focus on in the late summer and fall, why gloss over all of them?

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    Mahealani @ Beauty, Brains, and Balance — November 16, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Who needs Christmas decorations when you have tickets to Aruba!?!?

    I dont’ decorate for the holidays as we spend them mostly at other relative’s houses. Also, my cat has been known to knock over an xmas tree in 3 seconds flat, multiple times a day, all. season. long. :)

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    Kait — November 16, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Last year was my first year in a new apt and I bought a little artificial, pre-lit tree for about $10. I got stockings (which I hung on our “bar) and a door mat, plus a little tree centerpiece and Ho-ho-ho hanging thing to go in the kitchen. That was my idea of extraordinary and it all cost me about $25! Otherwise, not much decorating here…too much time, money, and dusting that would need to be done!

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    Kait — November 16, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Christmas stuff (and music) should WAIT until Black Friday, the official kick-off of the Holiday Season (in my book, of course).

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    Kait — November 16, 2011 at 8:57 am

    And I already facebook like you…clearly I want organic veggies! Haha

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    Victoria @ The Pursuit of Hippieness — November 16, 2011 at 8:58 am

    The santa hats and loud christmas carols at Starbucks this week are way too much. I can’t imagine having to work there and hear those carols every. single. day. for 8 weeks! I couldn’t handle it!

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    Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles — November 16, 2011 at 9:13 am

    SInce I live in an apartment at school but celebrate holidays at Mom’s house, I don’t personally do much decorating. Mom usually has the tree put up and the decorating done when I arrive home!

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    Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles — November 16, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I hate when stores skip over Thanksgiving! The day after Thanksgiving? Great, get out all the Christmas stuff you want. But Thanksgiving’s an important an meaningful holiday too, even if it’s not as profitable!

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    Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles — November 16, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I tweeted!

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    Lauren (Diary of a Vegan Girl) — November 16, 2011 at 9:17 am

    The one thing I love to put up during december is christmas lights. They are so cozy and festive!

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    Ania — November 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I enjoy decorating for the holidays, especially for Christmas…..although I’ve been away from home for a few years now and so all the decorations and the tree are usually up by the time I come visit. I look forward to decorating my own place when I finally have a place of my own : )

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    Ania — November 16, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I think Christmas stuff shouldn’t make an appearance before Thanksgiving…a tad too early….

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    Kalyn — November 16, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I do decorate for Christmas, but not a lot, we don’t have a lot of room. Usually a really small tree and a couple of stockings hung up. I don’t decorate for any holidays except for Christmas either.

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    Kalyn — November 16, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I enjoy Christmas stuff, but don’t think it should come out until the week of Thanksgiving in stores. Otherwise, Thanksgiving usually ends up getting pretty much skipped over.

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    Erica — November 16, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Um, yah…everyone in our neighborhood is decorating already! Its giving me anxiety haha. I think the day after thanksgiving is a perfect day to START. I love carrot chips and would be thrilled to win :)

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    Molly — November 16, 2011 at 11:39 am

    i decorate for Christmas, Easter, and then for “fall” I love changing my house as the seasons change.

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    Michelle — November 16, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I decorate cookies for the holidays…does that count ? :P

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    Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries — November 16, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I will put up a few decorations for Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving, but not too much. I don’t have enough room to store everything! I do go a little more “all out” at Christmas though!

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    Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries — November 16, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I agree with you, before Halloween is too early for Christmas stuff in the stores. I understand in November because you’re prepping for Christmas, which can and does take a lot of extra time. I personally don’t get into Christmas stuff until after Thanksgiving, but that’s just me.

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