Stores have us thinking about Christmas as soon as Halloween is over, and after this year's freak snowstorm it almost seemed reasonable. But the winter holiday season really starts in earnest after Thanksgiving. I'm so excited to buy my Christmas tree and deck the halls of my new apartment. On our last day of Thanksgiving break my mom was doing the same thing - hanging garland everywhere the eye could see. It will be our first Christmas by the shore and the house looks so joyful!