Christmas; Too Early ?

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!

50 thoughts on “Christmas; Too Early ?

  1. Hello! In the Philippines, as soon as the -ber months come, Christmas starts! Nowadays, this is signaled by Jose Mari Chan’s “Christmas in our Hearts” song, so when you hear this, you know that Christmas is here. Usually around September the 1st.

    Same with you, I also love the festivities as well as the meaning why we celebrate Christmas. I think this is true for my entire family. I even have a cousin who is done Christmas gift shopping for our nieces and nephews by end of July! Yes, July. 🙂

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    1. I need to live in the Philippines then!😃 ohhh wow I love that!!! I thought I was the only one who had this obsession 😂😂. People make out like it’s sooooo bad if you like getting into the spirit early. It’s their loss!
      Thankyouu for this lovely comment, and for reading!
      Have a great day!😊

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    1. Haha. I get what you mean, but if you wait till last minute, you hardly get to enjoy all the festivities that Christmas brings!
      Thankyouu for reading!!
      Have a lovely day 😊

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  2. We love Christmas! Jesus is the light of the world and He is the reason for all the love and warmth of Christmas! We usually put up our tree in November and keep it up through the New Year. I also string lights on the front of the house. It’s a beautiful time of year because it is all about how much God loves us! I always love seeing all the lights in town and on everyone’s homes! 🙂 God bless!

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    1. You’re so right! It’s such a beautiful and important time of year! Everyone’s happier and there’s just nothing like Christmas!
      Thankyouu for reading and commenting!
      Have a lovely day!😊

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  3. I just put up little fairy lights too. Helps me as the days grow shorter. It is beautiful to create an atmosphere that delights others.
    I stay away from the commercial aspects of Christmas though, and I stay out of stores and avoid T.V. so the commercial aspects don’t bother me. I’m anticipating attending church services at a large Basilica in St. John’s , the oldest city in North America.
    Let’s look forward in anticipation to this beautiful time of the year.

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    1. Aww that’s delightful!! Fairly lights are so beautiful. It’s funny how something so small can make you feel warm and festive. That’s wonderful wow!! I hope those services go splendidly well!
      We shall look forward to it!🎅🏻
      Thankyouu for reading and commenting!
      Have a lovely day!😊

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    1. Ohh really? That’s in November isn’t it?
      I love it when the shops start playing Christmas music to get you in the festive mood! And also to make you spend more😂😂
      Thankyouu for reading and commenting!
      Have a lovely day😊

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    1. Christmas is my favourite too!! Beats my birthday by miles! I love that too! And having all the streets lit up and hearing choirs singing! There’s nothing like it. Oooh so you start decorating at the start of November, I guess that gives you a month and a half to get in the festive spirit. That’s a decent amount! More than some people 😂😂
      Thankyouu for reading and commenting!
      Have a lovely day😊

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    1. We usually had fake trees but last year we had a real one, and now I get the needles everyone’s talking about! You still find them all over the house months later!!😂 Christmas is magical though you’re right.
      Thankyouu for reading and commenting!
      Have a lovely day😊

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    1. Ohhh really? That’s quite similar to England then! I love Christmas carols too omg!
      Thankyouu for reading and commenting!
      Have a lovely day😊

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  4. Christmas is my favourite time of the year.

    I start getting into the Christmas spirit on November 1st All Saints Day (the day after Halloween).

    I suppose I officially stop celebrating Christmas on Groundhog Day (February 2nd).

    I love going to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. ❤

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    1. Same! Hands down. Ohhh the start of November is actually pretty good! Gives you over a month and a half to get in the festive spirit. That’s earlier than some😂😂 you stop celebrating in February? That’s amazing. Everyone expects all decorations to be down by like the 6th of January which is wayyy to early for me. Same! Midnight mass is the best, it’s so wonderful being in church when the clocks strike midnight.
      Thankyouu so much for reading and commenting!
      Have a lovely day😊

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  5. It way too early even now, but for me, the “Christmas spirit” slowly dies as you get older. Really and truly it for the kids, I mean it’s pretty much a normal day just with more food than usual (I don’t really get presents anymore). I feel the spirit will only return for me if I have my own kids and family

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    1. For some reason with myself, the Christmas spirit is growing increasingly stronger. I’m not sure why😂 maybe I’m just sad. I can agree with you on the presents though! You hardly get any once you get over the age of about 16! You’re right if you have family and children the spirit will defiantly return! A big factor of Christmas is being around family.
      Thankyouu for reading and commenting!
      Have a lovely day😊

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  6. Christmas, more than any other time of year, is when we share warmth, happiness and hope. Adding sparkle to these things should be a priority, no? Our gift to everyone else, family, friends and strangers alike.

    In a way. Christmas never really ends for me either. I’ve been known to buy the first Christmas gifts in January, when decorations from the just-past holiday still brighten. Most years, writing out Christmas cards begins in late summer. Though I don’t stop by my family’s house to help with the tree until Thanksgiving weekend (late November here in the US),by then my heart already hums.

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    1. You’re so right I agree with everything you said! Christmas is also so much better than birthdays as everyone can enjoy it, the festivities and the warm fuzzy feeling you get inside. Plus the lights and decorations are so beautiful.
      Buying the first gifts in January? Woww you’ve beaten me in that department! But the plus side to that is that the left over things shops have from Christmas are reduced. And bargains are always great! Christmas cards in late summer wow at least you’re organised😂. Ohhhh that’s so nice! I imagine helping with the tree on thanksgiving weekend would be so magical as you’re doing it with family too!
      Thankyouu for reading and commenting!
      Have a lovely day😊

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      1. You’re right, Antonia. Stores’ post-Christmas sales often produce cool things at deep discounts. Lots of regrettable junk, too, but the gems do exist. When I find them, the jewels go on the back closet shelf for 11 months.

        Now, am I sentimental, or just cheap? Reserve comment, please.

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      2. Hahahaha it’s smart that’s what it is! I’m gonna do the same. It’s savvy!😂😂 why buy the same thing for double the price, if not more!! That’s just silly. Sale is my middle name.
        Have a nice day!😊

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  7. I love Christmas! It’s my favorite time of the year! I start decorating the day after Thanksgiving. Being you would love to have a tree up year round, here’s an idea for you: Keep the tree up and decorate for different holidays or seasons. I know someone personally who does this (they have sunflowers and fall decor on it at the moment) and also businesses who do this. Just an idea for you to consider! 😁🌻

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    1. Christmas is amazing!!! Ooooh I’ve never heard of that! Decorating it for different holidays, I’ll have to attempt that!! I’m surprised by how many people on here put their tree up after thanksgiving! I assume that must be the norm in America then! Holidays after holidays must be phenomenal!! Thankyouu for reading and commenting😃
      Have a lovely day!😊

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    1. Me too! Ohhh really? That’s 10 days before Christmas!! It’s earlier than some but it is quite late to get in the Christmas spirit!😂😂
      Thankyouu so much for reading and commenting! So glad you enjoyed this post!
      Have a lovely day😊

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  8. retailers are the reason we see holidays being presented to us way too early. they are trying to capture all the money they can. it is not just christmas, but all the holidays are showing up in the stores long before the holiday time. it is a “buy, buy, buy” world out there. by the time the holiday arrives, we can not find anything about the holiday because the stores have moved on to the next holiday/season. w have become puppets to marketing and retailers. it is september and in the stores one can find 3 holidays being presented, Halloween, thanksgiving and christmas. sigh.

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    1. I agree a lot of it is heavy marketing, basically forcing a lot of their products down your throat! But some people like to get in the festive spirit early😂. I can imagine it must be really tough if you have children and every time they enter a shop with you they want to have anything which catches their eye! Which must be expensive and just quite annoying!
      Thankyouu for reading and commenting and sharing your insight!
      Have a lovely day😊

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  9. I always start Christmas preparations in October or so because I enjoy it. (I already have our cards ready to address…) But, I don’t decorate until Dec. 1 so Thanksgiving (U.S.) feels like a completely separate holiday instead of part of a rolling Christmas season. Some people in the U.S. leave their trees up all year and change the decorations for each holiday — like hearts for Valentine’s Day. That can be really cute. 🙂

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    1. Oooh that’s fabulous! October is a good time to start the festive prep! Ohh December the 1st is quite late, but I’ve heard a few people say the same thing! Straight after thanksgiving the tree goes up! So I imagine that’d be a beautiful time! I find the leaving the tree up all year and changing the decorations to accommodate to certain seasons quite unique! I’ve never heard anything like that in England, I need to take some tips from America😃!
      Thankyouu so much for reading and commenting, plus sharing your insight!
      Have a lovely day😊

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    1. The marketing is one of the downsides of Christmas 😂
      Aww thankyouu so glad you enjoyed this!
      Thankyouu so much for reading and commenting😊
      Have a lovely day😃

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    1. I’ve learnt since this post that it must be the norm to put your decorations up the day after thanksgiving in America! I never knew that since I live in England, but it definitely makes sense as thanksgiving for Americans is such a big holiday, that needs to be celebrated separately to Christmas!
      I absolutely love Christmas too! There’s nothing like it, such a beautiful time of year.
      Thankyouu so much for reading and commenting!
      Have a lovely day😊

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  10. I was looking for an honest way to say that I don’t enjoy Christmas, in fact, it used to make me so depressed and nervous, but someone else said it in a blog post for me:
    https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/8889521/posts/2468325186 it’s basically about me having been exposed to Christmas done in excess, with no deeper meaning. I come from a divorced family and in my first Christmas experiences the family was literally falling apart, it just barely got put back together now that I am 34, and we all finally accepted that my drug addict mother is who she is and left for good a long time ago. When I was growing up Christmas was so painful, because you are starting at all those movies and cards of a family that isn’t split up and it’s scary when your mom and dad hate each other, they said they would always love each other, then you find out they don’t love each other, so where does that put you whom they said they will always love? I didn’t want to step on a holiday that you enjoy at all, but I’ve been thinking about it for a long time and trying to enjoy it for years and it’s just a poor fit for me. I’m not against goodwill to humankind, but there is nothing about doing that specifically in winter or specifically with any of the traditional Christmas rituals that really resonate for me. This is the first year I decided to celebrate Kwanzaa and I’m super excited actually, so I can understand in a way how you enjoy Christmas because I think that’s the way Kwanzaa is going to be for me, full of meaning and hopefully a healing time of family togetherness for my family. 🕊️

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    1. I can resonate with you in a way as I’ve grown up without a father, I don’t even know who he is or what he looks like. So I can understand that it can affect you in many ways, and christmas is a family occasion which can make you think of all the people you don’t have in your life. I’m so sorry to hear about your mother but to know that you’re dealing with it is really good to hear.
      I’m so glad that you’ve found a holiday like Kwanzaa you can celebrate that does make you feel warm and content inside, like how christmas makes some people feel!
      Thankyouu so much for reading and sharing such an enlightening insight!
      Have a lovely day 😊

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