How soon is too soon to get into the Christmas spirit?
Me and my friend were debating (yelling at eachother about) this question today. She thinks that the lead up to Christmas starts as soon as halloween ends but I think that the 1st of December is when you should start busting out the Christmas carols. This lead to me being called the 'Grinch of Christmas' -.- Any thoughts?
The Christmas spirit is not a matter of the calendar, it is a matter of the heart.
For six years, I worked at the corporate offices of the world's largest crafts retailer. We used to joke that it was always Christmas somewhere in the building, because as the current holiday season is happening, the buyers are already overseas, choosing the merchandise for next year. Samples would arrive, orders would be placed, merchandise layouts would be set, drawn and distributed, and merchandise would start arriving in stores. Christmas literally moved from one department to another, all around the building.
How soon is too soon? It's always too soon for Christmas!
For me the Christmas spirit seasonal begins after Thanksgiving. However there are two other points off topic. I usually buy my gifts within months following it. I look for deals while listening at the gift exchange time and following conversations. I am an Uncle and not a parent. Many times I write riddles or limericks with a gift cards too. So, the spirit with gift giving is diminished with an approaching season.
Otherwise I maybe odd? because I discover the Christmas spirit being serendipitous. In other words something may occur anywhere in the year and I may say aloud or whisper to myself 'Merry Christmas'. Also, I may hum, "La-la-la-laaaaa, La-la . . .la . . .laaaa" :-)
For my wife and I, the Christmas lead up starts as soon as Thanksgiving is over. I've always loved Thanksgiving, as a holiday, and I insist we immerse ourselves in it every year. Sometimes it extends through that weekend because we have a thanksgiving with each family. But once those are done we turn on the Christmas music.
It is never too soon, but you shouldn't bypass the other holidays that come before it. Enjoy each of the holidays as if you were celebrating the birthday of your individual children.
When I had a 'normal' life like most other people Christmas was a really big deal at our house. My daughter was little and loved it and looked forward to it like most little children.
I wrapped the lights on our artificial tree myself. The prelit trees don't have enough lights on them to suit me, and if one goes out it can be hard to replace it. Putting up the tree, just a 7' model with most of the lights already on it from the previous year, but usually having to replace lights on about 7 branches on average every year, it would take about 5-7 days just to put the tree up.
With 1800 lights on the tree and 550 ornaments (ours was an I Spy tree), I didn't want to put the tree up after all that time and work and then take it right back down a few days later. I wanted our family and friends to be able to enjoy our decorations a little longer.
Every room was decorated to varying degrees and we even had some trees that lit up outside at night. Christmas was a very special time for our family and given all that was involved with preparations -- not just decorations, but planning events and food, etc., I always started with the tree, putting it up in October. That way I could work just a few hours a day and not have to rush. Doing it that way actually took a little longer than 5-7 days.
We didn't generally start actually celebrating Christmas until Thanksgiving night, and then it was Christmas all the way to New Year's.
So I started putting the tree up early in October even before Halloween and if it was ready, we turned the lights on whatever day in the last half of October that the tree was finished. However we didn't start listening to Christmas music or watching Christmas movies until after Thanksgiving Day.
I think it all depends on the family as to when the celebrating begins. Before I had so many decorations to put up and so many events to plan for (hubby was a lawyer so we entertained more), I used to start decorating the tree on Thanksgiving night. I have known people who leave their decorations up all year around, because they love Christmas so much.
Another reason I started early was so that when the entertaining and community/church events were underway I had more time and energy to enjoy them instead of having to rush around. Planning ahead and getting everything done ahead that can be done ahead, makes for a more enjoyable Christmas season. Employing family members to help wherever possible makes it more joyful too.
by K K Weakley 22 months ago
How soon is too soon for Christmas decorations in shops?
by Danette Watt 5 years ago
How soon do you put up your Christmas decorations?Are you the type of person who strings lights and puts your tree up the day after Thanksgiving? Or do you wait until closer to Christmas?
by Janetta 8 years ago
It's November so Holiday tunes will undoubtedly start being heard in stores everywhere...but how soon is too soon to start hearing Jingle Bells and whatnot? When are you ready for the stuff??
by Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago
Okay, I spoke to soon on the Panda and Indexing thread. Traffic IS really bad today, lowest views I've seen this year. Very low earnings yesterday. I hope it's because this is such a lovely weekend. Let us pray.
by Jayme Kinsey 5 years ago
What is the first Christmas decoration you put up each year?Do you put up your tree first? Garlands? Wreaths? Outside decorations?
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