(I may have said all of this before, but for once, I am not taking time to check. Bear with me.)
I was always opposed to Christmas decorations and Christmas music before Thanksgiving or on Thanksgiving, but in the last few years I haven’t minded when people started early, given all that has been going on.
This year, as soon as this weekend is over, I am going to try to get Christmas up and running here. The reason is that it’s been a rough month: Out of town family came for a stressful visit, and the other part will be coming back into town on Sunday, so the BIG FEAST will be then. Yesterday, (officially Thanksgiving), we ate canned ham with pineapple, turkey drummettes, mashed potatoes, gravy and cauliflower. Grandson#1 came in after work and ate Italian chicken, with vegetable pasta and broccoli. He took a small pumpkin pie, some leaf-shaped iced spice cookies and pumpkin bread to his friends where he has been staying. We ate pecan pie; (I’m breaking into the pumpkin one today. I will have to put on the dog, (or turkey, rather), starting tomorrow, for Sunday, and then the real dog goes home; (the granddog).
But I may well be playing Christmas music while I cook.
As if things had not been stressful enough, I have been going through health problems, tests and doctors.
I need a little Christmas now; it may turn into a whole lot of Christmas.
My mother once kept the Christmas tree up until the day before Palm Sunday; she took it down because she thought it was just wrong to keep it up given the coming days. However, one year she actually kept up one of the ‘sprays’ she made of pine boughs, tied with a huge red ribbon, and sprayed with fake snow, all year long. Seriously, she put it up early one December and took it down the next December when she brought in a new one.
I never could understand putting the tree up on Christmas Eve. It seems like a lot of trouble for too short of a time.
Yet I have no intention of keeping the Christmas things up too long, not more than a couple of days after Epiphany, unless the weather turns really bad; Then it will all get put away as soon as we get a break.
I am in the mood for making Christmas cookies and maybe even some candy this year. I had cut back on that, but maybe it is time to revive it all.
I will be checking the Kindle and audiobooks for Christmas-themed stories, plus rolling out the loved DVDs and streaming new Christmas movies starting today.
How about you?
Do you wait? Do you start early?
Has it changed for you?
I think it’s just about time for Hans Gruber to fall off the Nakatomi Tower.