In forty-three sleeps I’ll have eaten entirely too much, will be entirely too excited and will shuffle off to bed to anxiously await Santa’s arrival (I’m still five inside, so sue me. haha). I’ll be (almost) Christmas-caroled out, will already be missing Gingerbread and will have enjoyed Christmas lights for many, many sleeps. But how many is too many?
I taught an early morning class for my church last week and as a result was out in my car before 7am. While I love mornings, being awake, showered and out before 7am isn’t typically how I like to enjoy them. However, I happened to catch an interesting blurb on the radio that I might have otherwise missed. For all you Ontarians / Torontians, if you are not already listening to Virgin Radio, get on that train right now. I love it. It’s a lot of AT 40 music and music that makes you want to get off your bum and DANCE. I also really, really like the hosts, and on this one particularly very early morning they were doing a call-in show about Christmas decorations and how early is too early to put those babies up.
I have to admit, I was shocked to hear how many people called in to say that they had already completely decked out their house for the holidays, complete with tree, garland, bows and lights–inside and out. We’re what, November 12th here? And this was at least seven days ago. Now let me be clear: my mother raised us to be complete Christmasaholics. Christmas is like a high for my siblings and I, especially my sisters. Peeah has already Christmasafied her home–tree and all–while I don’t personally do decorations this early, it seemed normal enough, and I assumed that this was confined to my Christmas-addicted family.
Call after call after call came into the hosts describing their newly decorated homes, all ready for the holiday season, which is still forty-three sleeps away.
So it made me wonder–how soon is too soon?
As much as I hate the stuff, I need snow for things to feel Christmasy and (thankfully) Pretty City hasn’t seen any yet. It just doesn’t feel right for me to hang snowflakes or reindeer in my window while the sun shines brightly down on the green grass on our lawn. I usually try to wait until after December 1st before breaking out the decorations or listening to Christmas music. Last year I started the music way too early and I was so sick of it by the time the holiday actually rolled around.
So I wait… but it appears I might be in a bit of a minority here.
What do you think? Are you a Christmasaholic, or is it still too soon? When do you dust off the holiday boxes?