I can’t believe I am writing this post because I used to be one of those people who rush Christmas… but I have had enough.
Why do people want to rush Christmas?!
Before I had a kids, I begged Brandon to decorate for Christmas before Turkey Day. I listened to Nat King Cole in September and had a Christmas countdown start the day after Memorial Day. I have always LOVED Christmas, so I wanted to think about it 24/7. However, once Annabelle was born, I realized there are more holidays that I want her to appreciate than just Christmas. I want her to enjoy fall – to have fun trick or treating – and to learn about the meaning of Thanksgiving. It’s important to me that both of our girls can enjoy each holiday season during it’s given time. Sadly, everywhere is pushing Christmas upon us.
Here’s a perfect example.
On the way to preschool last week, Annabelle noticed the outdoor shopping mall’s entrance was decorated with Christmas ornaments. What happened to the beautiful autumn display we saw last week? She asked if the ornaments meant it was Christmas time. I tried to explain to her that we had awhile before Santa Clause was coming to town, but she didn’t understand. She wanted to know why they decorated for his arrival if he wasn’t coming for a long time. She also asked if we had missed her birthday (12/13).
A few days later Annabelle pointed out the Christmas trees at Target. I know stores pull out the holiday decor pretty quickly, but I didn’t realize Thanksgiving has become irrelevant. Target has all of their fall decorations on sale now, including the Thanks and Giving stuff, and I saw them sneaking out an aisle of wreaths at the beginning of October. Sadly, it’s not just Target who was singing “Jingle Bells” while passing out Halloween candy. It’s everywhere.
So why is our society trying to rush Christmas?
In a world where we all feel like life passes us by too quickly, I don’t understand the need to skip over everything October and November have to offer. Truthfully, I’m not totally innocent. I’m still listening to my Christmas music when I need a pick-me-up, but I am keeping the snowmen in the attic for the sake of my girls. I want them to appreciate November for all it’s worth. We will trace hand turkeys and I’ll teach them how to make pumpkin pie. But the weekend after Thanksgiving I’m going in the attic to get Rudolph. Because to me, that’s when its finally time to bust out the red and green.