The time is among us, each shop we walk into, the ads, the films pushing us to get in the festive spirit have already begun but, do you think it’s too early?
I know many people have the opinion of it being wayyyyyy too early. I even know some shops like Harrods and so forth, last time I walked in there, very early august, they had quite a large Christmas section, and this was THE BEGINNING OF AUGUST!! I know probably more than 90% of you will probably think it’s way too early, and how it kind of ruins the preparation towards Christmas. Funnily enough, I have a different outlook!
If I could have Christmas all year round; I would! I love it so much! The earliest time I put up a tree and decorated it was September *gasp in shock horror*, and I loved it. I like getting into the spirit very early on, as it makes me feel all warm, fuzzy inside. And what out there is better than coming home to decorations everywhere and lights all around the interior of your home? Nothing! I hear I’m not the only one who sometimes puts up there tree in September, as I was watching a tv show yesterday and people were sending in photos of there decorated tree already up! And I was thinking, I wish I had mine up!
Now, other people in my family don’t have the same opinion as me, they think it’s weird and it ruins the ‘build up’. I can’t understand that at all. My mum though is the exception, if she could have fairy lights up all year round and the Christmas tree, she would. And one year, both our fantasies came true. Mum left the tree up all year!! I was beaming because at least I’m not the only one. Whenever people used to come round in that year, they’d stutter, “So.. you still have your tree up?”, And mum would respond “Yeah I love having it up”, much to the displeasure and embarrassment of my other siblings.
I’m aware how some people think it’s bad luck having a tree and decorations up longer than the designated time period. But I just find when you put them up in December, I find it really hard to get in the spirit of Christmas, and feel like I’ve wasted months not being in the warm fuzzy Christmas spirit. I’ve even heard that some people put up their decorations and tree on CHRISTMAS EVE and take it down on BOXING DAY!! I find that very very hard to comprehend, and it just confuses me beyond words. But each to their own!
Now I leave the decorating to whoever else wants to do it (and trust me their are no happy takers). Others see it as a chore. And it is a lot of work because for years I would spend at least 4 hours decorating and finessing the tree alone, with NO help. So much so afterwards when everything is finished, outsiders would compliment the tree and say it looks perfect! Because I put so much effort into a specially designed decorated tree, and it does pay off! Then other family members would ask me to do their tree, imagine the day before Christmas, when all you wanna do is relax. So after all those jobs, I retired for now! As since most family members aren’t happy with it a month or two early, I just leave it to whoever. And when people walk past it and nudge the decorations off, oh my, that gets to me like nothing else, so I’ve opted out!
I also like getting into the deeper meaning of Christmas, and would go to midnight mass if others were more interested in the idea. But nowadays my siblings go out and have a few alcoholic beverages on Christmas Eve so then at midnight, they can’t be bothered. I don’t drink alcohol so it’s quite irritating. But when I learn to drive I can do more things that I wanna do!
But what do you think? How early do you start getting into the festive spirit? How early is too early for all the Christmas films, ads, and the marketing of products in shops? Do you even like Christmas? Comment Below!