Now that Thanksgiving dinner has been properly digested, and the holiday has been given a proper day to pass out of our systems, I say we might as well get on with the inevitable…
Bring on Christmas!
Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas.
I just worry that the Christmas Season starts a little earlier every year, and poor Thanksgiving is soon going to disappear completely from the calendar.
I mean, they’re already starting the Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving night. Turkey Day doesn’t even get it’s full twenty-four hours anymore!
We all know Black Friday is organically a part of Christmas, so essentially, the Christmas Season now begins before we’re even done eating our turkey. Hell, we haven’t even taken the pies out of the fridge yet, people!
And does Thanksgiving even get any love? Sure, there’s the Macy’s parade, a lame Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Special, and that Adam Sandler novelty song, but the Pilgrims’ Pride really has no juice in today’s world.
In my neighborhood, the Halloween decorations come down, and the Christmas ones replace them. There are no turkey lights, inflatable Pilgrims, or Mayflowers dashing through the snow.
I’m all for the joy and happiness Christmas brings, but I worry about the holiday getting watered down because it’s now expected to last for over a month.
I still think we need to wait until December to really get the ball rolling on Santa’s big day, but I know I’m in the minority when it comes to that.
If anything, I’d rather see the Christmas Season start later and last longer. Winter in Maine is dark, dreary, depressing, snowy, and cold. However, when the Christmas Spirit fills the air, and those colorful lights illuminate the neighborhood, I forget how long it’s going to be before I feel the sun’s warmth again.
I say let’s open our presents on December 25 as usual, but don’t let the holiday end there. Keep those lights shining, wear those ugly sweaters, sing the carols, and spread the cheer at least until Valentine’s Day rolls around the distract us from the Ongoing Ice Age.
Despite my pleas to give the passing of Thanksgiving a proper mourning period, I will admit that I got a little Christmassy the day after Turkey Day.
I did, however, set up the DVR to record Love Actually last night. I absolutely love that flick, and watch it every year. I record it whenever I notice it’s on, but I don’t watch it until the week of Christmas.
Like I said, it’s just too early to go Full Christmas. As much as I love watching world famous Zombie killer Rick Grimes try to pull off a British accent and woo Keira Knightley, such treats are best left until Santa is closer to beginning his journey.
In addition to recording that movie, I also might have sung along to Christmas Carols yesterday. In my defense, someone else was playing them, and they’re just so catchy that they’re impossible to ignore.
Besides, no one wants to be labeled a Scrooge or a Grinch in November. That title is a heavy burden to bear for over a month.
So this is why I’m fine with the rest of you getting all Christmassy, even though December is still a week away.
There’s no sense fighting the War on Christmas Expansion alone.
‘Tis the season, I suppose…