Timing! The question many are asking – too soon? #Totreeornottotree?

With every day that passes, we seem to have time fly by even faster. It was August and Halloween decorations were up and available for purchase. By September, some stores began carrying Christmas decorations! Fast forward and we’re just a few days away from Thanksgiving and the stores now have huge sales on all things Fall and an explosion of glitter everywhere with Christmas decor. Oh and radio stations are beginning to play Christmas music.

Many LOVE this time of year and are all excited about the decorations and being able to put their Christmas tree up. Others feel that we are skipping over Thanksgiving and not taking the time to enjoy the moment.

I’ve seen many posts on social media of people asking… is it too soon to put up the Christmas tree? I know that some have traditions that include putting up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. Others may wait until Dec. 1st.

My holiday tradition focuses on that Thanksgiving weekend time, but this year i’m even earlier and have my Christmas decorations up the week before Thanksgiving. The reason? Our family is celebrating my father-in-law’s 95th birthday on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, so my honey and i decided to put all the decorations up so the whole family can enjoy them. Since the tree is huge, we have to save the day after Thanksgiving for buying a tree and decorating it, so, the Santas and reindeer and candles all had to go up early.

In my childhood, Christmas was huge! My mother loved the holiday and started decorating weeks before. She particularly adored her Christmas windows, spending hours painting the big picture window at the front of our house. When i was really small, we lived in Austria and at Christmas we not only met Saint Nicholas, but also Krampus, a fearsome creature who gave switches and coal to bad little children!

So, what about you? Is it too soon for the putting up the Christmas Tree? What are your  holiday traditions?


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An angel with black wings and chiseled features walks into your imagination. He’s nude, and his wrists are bound, but he’s smiling.

“Hi there. Happy Holidays. I’m Stev, and I appear in Jessica Freely’s free holiday short story, Love Bound. Maybe seeing me like this gives you an idea of what the story’s about. But maybe not. As an angel, I’m not allowed to tell. All I can say is that Max is going to get a special surprise gift this Christmas, and chances are, none of us will ever be the same again.

“That makes me wonder. What is the best or most surprising holiday gift you’ve ever received? Remember, I’m an angel, it’s okay to tell me anything.”

 He smiles.


Love Bound: A Christmas Story by Jessica Freely

Max retreated from life five years ago when his lover died on Christmas Eve. But this year, an angelic visitor finally gives him the chance he needs to let go of the past. It turns out more than one person has been patiently waiting for Max to start living again, but it’ll take a lot of rope to tie up the loose ends that are holding him back.

Love Bound is a short story originally written for the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s free story event, Stuff My Stocking, and was published in an anthology by the same name. Now I’ve rereleased it and made it available to readers everywhere.

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Headshot.ColorJessica Freely can’t resist a wounded hero. As a reader and a writer, her favorite stories are of soul mates finding redemption in each other’s arms. Married to the love of her life in a beautiful relationship based on mutual goofiness, Jessica also warps minds as an instructor in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction MFA program. Her dog, Ruthie, doesn’t seem to care that Jessica’s an award-winning and best-selling author in multiple genres. She just wants to play tug of war with Jessica’s pages.


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