A lot has been written about the start of our Christmas season. It is slowly starting sooner and sooner each year. Thanksgiving gets pushed aside and lost in the shuffle. Except for food, there is not much shopping surrounding Thanksgiving so merchents seem to slide from Halloween to Christmas preparations. And now, even Black Friday shopping is part of the creep. This year stores seemed to be competing over who could open the earliest for Black Friday sales!
Call me old fashion (or maybe just old), but I like the way it was. I was reminded while watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year that the parade was a celebration of Thanksgiving itself and only at the end did Santa arrive to usher in the Christmas season. Four weeks is plenty of time for the hype and preparations. If we can't accomplish it in that time, perhaps we are making too much of this commercialized holiday.
More importantly though, we need to dig out our holiday garb. You know....those Christmas shirts and sweaters that we love but truly can only wear for four weeks of each year! I have a large collection of red. Now, I know that I can wear red other times of the year, except for the ones with pointsettas or other decorations. And February gives us a chance to wear red for Valentine's Day. But, these are truly The Red Days!