Sunday, November 12, 2023

Christmas Comes Earlier and Earlier ...

I love Christmas!πŸŽ„πŸŽ…It's one of my most favorite holidays of the year. I love the whole season ... I love holiday sweaters ... the get-togethers and parties ... I love the warm coats and mittens and pretty scarves ... spending time with family ... I love the decorations ... the traditions of decorating the tree and wrapping presents ... I love making holiday crafts and cards ... I love shopping and gift giving ... I love baking ... I love the snow! and sledding, snowball fights, and making snowmen ... I love it all!

However, it seems that the Christmas season comes earlier and earlier each year. The radio stations begin their continuous holiday music ... Hallmark starts running constant non-stop Christmas movies ... the stores stock up and display their Christmas decorations and items and sales (I'm already seeing 'Early' Black Friday sales!) ... people post Christmas memes, countdowns and pictures of their decorated Christmas trees and houses on social media ... All before Halloween, or right after!

I don't know about you, but I feel like it's just too soon! Maybe because I like to hang on to Summer for as long as I can, that just when I start feeling 'Fall-ish', all of a sudden I'm getting Christmas shoved down my throat. 

For as long as I can remember, November has always been a month of thanks, gratitude, blessings, Fall activities, bon fires, colorful leaves, occasional open windows and sunshine, cozy sweaters and boots, pretty Fall outfits and Thanksgiving turkey, dinner and family.

My kids and grandchildren come over for Thanksgiving dinner - it's something I look forward to every year.😍 Last year, my daughter suggested I put my Christmas tree up so the grandkids could decorate it after dinner. I admit, at first I was appalled! I don't usually put my tree up until the first or second week of December because I have 3 dogs that like to mess with it. But, I thought about it and decided to try it. I really loved it! I absolutely loved watching them decorate the tree and the way each one had their own style and favorite ornaments. I loved looking at it everyday, thinking about them until their next visit. So I decided to make it a yearly tradition. 

I like having something to look forward to! I like looking forward to Thanksgiving. I like looking forward to Christmas and Winter and New Year's. It really makes me wonder what society is thinking. Do they not like looking forward to things? Do they have no patience or control and need instant gratification on every thought and want? It kind of makes me think of the character on Willy Wonka - 'I want it NOWWW!' lolπŸ˜‚

It also makes me wonder if people just don't have happiness in their lives, the joy that Christmas usually brings most people. Maybe they don't have people or things that can keep them occupied. Maybe they're craving attention - the attention of being one of the firsts to put up Christmas decorations - 'I put up my tree before you!' It also makes me feel sad for the people that don't celebrate or recognize Christmas, because it's everywhere. 

I don't know what it is, or what is happening with holidays becoming earlier and earlier. I mean, it's the beginning of November. We have all of November and all of December before Christmas, then a couple of weeks after Christmas that people have the decorations up. When Christmas decorations, music, movies, etc. begin so early, I get tired of it well before the actual holiday! So, what will these people that begin so early do? Will they be putting New Years stuff up in the middle of December? Valentines Day stuff? St. Patrick's Day stuff? I just don't get itπŸ˜•

Thanks for stopping by and listening to my vent lol. This is just my opinion and I just thought I'd share. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this subject, so feel free to leave a comment, message or contact me


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