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It’s the day after Halloween, and some folks are already jumping in to the Christmas season with both feet.
For those of you who are irritated, I get it.
You’re ready to start arguing that we have “two months of Christmas now” and “I’ll be sick of it before it even gets here.”
I’ve already seen the haters on Facebook, dogging on your friends who have started to listen to Christmas music and put up a tree today.
Some people assume that the starting of Christmas festivities too early is somehow negating Thanksgiving; that Turkey Day won’t get it’s proper due should a fireplace mantle be decorated before the stuffing is served.
I’d like to offer another perspective on early Christmas.
For some, Christmas is the best time of the year. Decorating and shopping and baking and the general “making merry” is a time of year when they really come alive.
Christmas has, for many, always been a time of hope, of believing in things they can’t see, of believing that anything is possible. A time when they spend more of their time thinking of others than themselves.
Can you really blame a person for wanting to stretch out the feelings that come with Christmas a little longer?
Further, I’d like to understand how someone’s sparkly centerpiece is hurting anyone. What’s the harm?
In an age where we’re all asked to be more tolerant, inclusive, understanding, open-minded and accepting, why, for the love of all things holy, is there so much hate for those getting a jump on Christmas?
And who gets to be the judge?
If you already have your shopping done, your cards ordered and addressed, and put up your Christmas wreath as soon as the jack-o-lanterns came down today, I hope you don’t take the haters to heart.
Pour yourself some eggnog, and wear those ugly sweaters with pride, my friends.
Post #1 of NaBloPoMo 2015