Conventional wisdom says that Christmas preparation should begin after Thanksgiving.
However, a handmade Christmas requires a little more time than that. This past June, I was sitting in the waiting room of my doctor's office watching a woman knit socks. I was fascinated and asked about them. She said, "Oh, these are going to be for my daughter for Christmas!"
So, we prepare our handmade holidays one sock at a time...all year long! But we don't put up the tree until after Thanksgiving:)