Already this morning I've read two posts about "early" Christmas trees, lights and decor, both of which disappointed me.
One in the US, stating the trees should not go up until after Thanksgiving. . .
(which I personally found disgusting!)
and the other from Canada, in an attempt to prevent businesses from selling the goods until after Remembrance Day on the 11th November.
What I found quite interesting was the first 2 comments on the news article which, to me, says it all:
1. As a veteran I am not opposed to a store owner displaying his/her merchandise at any time, it is for that reason I put on the uniform and did my duty so that we as a free people can make decisions on our own without interference, the business person makes their plans that best meets the needs of his enterprise and his/her customers, emotion seldom comes into play, I would have it no other way........
2. Just playing devils advocate - my brother (who is in the military for 10+ years) is home from a tasking (deployment) for only 2 weeks and will be celebrating Christmas with his 2 toddler children this weekend since he will not actually be home for Christmas. They put a tree up the day after Halloween. Not conventional - but it is the best he can do to make happy memories with my nieces. Try not to pass judgment on all before finding out the back story.
Personally, I don't get my act together until the 12 Days of Christmas but only because I'm crazy busy and just never seem to get to it as early as others can.
However, I would love to see the white twinkly lights up all year long. They're festive, they're cheery, they're magical . . .
People react warmly to the decor unless they are the usual curmudgeon who yells at the kids to "Get off my lawn".
Before you let loose with all the too early verbiage, STOP and think about all the many reasons why someone might feel the need to celebrate in their own time.
It says far more about you then them!
Not all people will publicly share their reasons and they shouldn't have to!
This year, can you not just stop, smile at the beauty of the season and try and think of why someone has put their decorations up when the time is right for them instead of thinking why it is wrong to you?
My heart goes out to this family: