I shared a picture earlier of Christmas still in boxes more than a week after Thanksgiving. There was a time when the day after Thanksgiving we were off to buy a tree. We had a nice area in the living room that was perfect for a wonderful holiday tree. We did that for many years when the kids were little, starting in Cincinnati and then all the way to Indiana. As the kids got older, we moved to a medium-sized artificial tree (which is much better for the environment) and then finally a small artificial tree.
This picture is of the stockings hung by the fireplace with care.
The holidays are less critical now than they were then, as is normal. People change over time, as they grow. But we do have the fireplace ready for the arrival of the holiday!