When is it really OK to put up the tree?

Arnojya Shree discusses the age old question: when is it okay to decorate? And does it matter?

Arnojya Shree
17th December 2020

If there is one thing the entire world would agree on right now, it would be the tiresome bleakness of 2020. With our lives put on haul for the past year and long-made plans gone lost in the void, hope is needed more than ever. That's how I feel about bringing the festive Christmas spirit this year. I'm glad to know that interior designer Kelly Hoppins would agree with me. However, interior designer or not, I don't suppose you should question your heart and hesitate if it wants to something. Sure it is fun to know about other people's opinion, but when it comes to something as personal as decorating your house, the only permission we need is from ourselves.

Putting up Christmas decors has always been debated around the world. The most common question of it all being, "when is the right time?" My answer has always been, "whenever I want." Christmas in my family has always been one of the most memorable celebrations, even though my family doesn't follow Christianity. However, being from India, we welcome everything with warm and open hearts. Hence began the tradition of lavishly celebrating and paying respect to every festival we had back home. When it came to decorations, we would start preparing in November and put up our trees at the beginning of December, which stayed until my birthday in January. Yes, we were those people. A balcony lit up with fairy lights all around, and a star-adorned Christmas tree made generous compensations for a cold dark winter.

With everything shockingly de-railing this year, I think a lot of people would agree with the way I have always done Christmas.

After all, it is a festival which is all about hope, joy and love; something we are in dire need of.

The excitement of buying baubles, mistletoe, wreath and fairy lights which would make the Christmas tree come alive is the most fantastic feeling I have right now. More than anything, it is the planning, debating, brainstorming ideas and shopping with your family and friends, which makes the whole thing so unique! Our lives being busy as they are, planning for Christmas bring everyone together in a very loving way. For a while, every argument or fights are shoved aside, and only affection remains.

As I write this, a million plans are moving in my head about putting my Christmas tree up this week. It's all the more exciting because it gives me something to look forward to. It's always a special thing to spend time with the people you love. But right now, more than it might have ever been before, it is crucial to pour as much as love and light as we could into our lives and relationships.

It's about trying to make every moment as festive and joyous as we can.

Albus Dumbledore quite rightly said, "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." Even though we live in the Muggle world, I would implore you to turn the brightness all the way up on your Christmas tree and let its light pour into your heart through every crack and corner.

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