It's hard to believe we're already past Thanksgiving and cruising toward the big day. Christmas in New Jersey is getting closer by the minute.

And just like everything else in this state that goes fast, time is one of them. We never seem to know how or when to slow down in this state.

It's not our fault, really. We just grew up in a culture where speed is everything. People from New Jersey are fast, there's no denying that.

So if you don't have your decorations up yet, what are you waiting for? Is there a point in time where it's simply not worth the effort? We're all busy, so finding time can be tough.

So let's all take a moment to slow down, and take a peek at some beautiful displays our fellow New Jersians have already put up. After you look through these awesome displays, take the poll and let us know if it's ever too late for holiday decorations.

Light Up New Jersey 2021: Your best holiday lights

Here are the brightest, most creative and breathtaking holiday light displays. You can vote for your favorite here.

Now that you're inspired, let's take the poll and see how you feel.

25 Christmas songs performed by NJ artists

If you celebrate Christmas, the next month of your life is likely going to be consumed with shopping for gifts, retrieving a tree, decorating the house, and going out on adventures to see elaborate light displays.

The one thing that you must have at the ready for all of these scenarios is Christmas music.

Since a lot of the songs you hear tend to get repetitive this time of year, why not pay homage to some of the great singers, bands, and musicians that make New Jersey's music history so rich.

Want to take these songs on the go with you? Here's the Spotify playlist.