It’s early November. My living room is dimly lit by rainbow colors. Hundreds of twinkling rainbow colors. On a tree. A Christmas tree. And ya know what? I’m not ashamed to say it, people! I just put up all my Christmas decorations and it feels good ya’ll!
I understand that it’s de rigueur to sigh when you walk into Walgreens and see the Christmas decorations up during Halloween. I get it. We all need to “savor” each holiday. But can I tell you a cold hard fact? There are only 6 weeks till Christmas. RIGHT NOW, in EARLY November! So tell me again why I need to wait an arbitrary 2 more measly weeks before I haul out days worth of decorating supplies?
So I can enjoy a turkey?!?
Let me tell you something. I am totally capable of eating, and enjoying turkey with a Christmas tree up. I know – it’s crazy. But I am able to do that. And I would even say, I can enjoy my turkey more, and give more thanks giving on that day then the rest of you. Because you will all dutifully wait till you see Santa end the Macy’s day Parade before you will will start preparing for Christmas. Where as I – will watch Santa make his appearance with a glass of eggnog in hand, in a fully decorated house, with most of my Christmas shopping done. So I will be free to just enjoy that moment. I will not be hauling in boxes from the garage. I will be actually focused on giving thanks alone. You will be trying to find the bulb that isn’t lighting on your tree, and I will be meditating on all the ways in which I’m blessed this year. So tell me again – who is really going to be feeling thankful in that scenario?
My vote is solidly for – me 😉
And if you needed more reason to embrace this “early Christmas decorating” thing – let me point out one more thing. Do you have kids? I do – a ten year old. That means she has just has 8 more Christmas mornings in her childhood. Just 8 more Christmas seasons, before she’s grown up.
Stop the clock.
That means – that by decorating when I actually want to vs. arbitrarily waiting until the day after Thanksgiving … I give myself 2 extra weeks to enjoy Christmas. And that means over the course of 18 years of childhood – I get 36 more weeks of Christmas with my kid, than you got with yours. Extra weeks of Christmas carols, and talking about the nativity, and drinking hot cocoa.
Decorating early isn’t looking so bad now, huh?
Look – I’m not the genius who scheduled the “holiday season” full of 3 distinct holidays that America loves – all within weeks of each other. I did not make that call. Thank goodness! Because I think we all know how dumb that guy feels. But I do know that at my house, Christmas is the most magical and beautiful time of the year. So if I draw that out an extra 2 freaking weeks? I’m gonna need you to throw me a bone here, and overlook it.
Because is the world’s greatest problem really my love of Christmas?!?
I didn’t think so. So pipe the heck down…
I say that with love 😉
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