My oldest child's birthday is the 9th. I swore, way back when he was just a wee lad, that we would not decorate for the Holidays until AFTER his birthday. You know, to give him his special "time" and all.
However, over the years, I have found that if we wait until after the 9th, things just sort of "explode" schedule wise and I end up not decorating until the late teens of the month. That just isn't enough time to enjoy the Christmas knick-knacks I have!
So, I asked Jayce if it would be ok if we put out the decorations BEFORE his birthday but waited to get the tree until after. He thought that was acceptable.
Actually, his exact words were "I don't really care, Mom! What's to eat?"
Our boxes of decorations are stored in the "attic". Our "attic" is actually a storage area overhead in the garage.
Our garage is not insulated or air conditioned. It gets very cold in the winter and very warm in the summer.
And, here is a picture of the sock donator. Giving the funny candle rabbit ears.