There was a time not so long ago that magical moment had to wait until well after turkey leftovers were consumed.
Well, we’ve done it. What used to wait until the second week of December has now moved between Halloween and Thanksgiving. We bought our Christmas tree.
There was a time not so long ago that magical moment had to wait until well after turkey leftovers were consumed. You wouldn’t think of purchasing your tree until a few days, perhaps a week and a half, before Santa’s arrival. Surely the jolly old elf would not leave presents under a wilting Douglas fir.
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If you trimmed your Yule tree this time of year, you’d have nothing left but an ornate but bare sapling sticking out of a bucket on Christmas Day. So you would wait until at least the second week of December and bring the fresh smell of conifers home atop your car.
They still sell fresh cut trees beginning shortly after Thanksgiving. But the aroma of a freshly cut pine has given way to pumpkin spice, which retailers begin selling shortly after Labor Day. By Halloween we’re all sick of it so they start selling cinnamon whisks for the remainder of the season.
So many people want to rush through the holidays that the rest of us have to buy our decorations now or wait until the big box stores restock. Even then if you haven’t purchased your colored lights by Thanksgiving, you’ll find yourself picking through returns and remnants.
I prefer to enjoy each season as it arrives. Labor Day is a great time for the last summer cookout, maybe an evening at the beach watching the sunset with an adult beverage and good company. Halloween is for kids and we should ensure that they are filled with enough sugary treats to last them a week. The leftover candy should be distributed among your fellow employees, lest they slack off during the shorter hours. Thanksgiving should be just that, a time to be grateful for our bounty. If you can share a meal or serve those less fortunate, it’s even more of a blessing.
Christmas is a special time for all, the year’s end when we are all looking at new beginnings and filled with hope.
So even though we’ve got our tree, there won’t be a single light hung on the eaves until after we’ve finished the turkey and dressing. Timing is everything.