Friday, November 28, 2008

It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

I have noticed in the past several years that the "Christmas " season comes sooner and sooner each year. Does anyone remember when it was considered in bad taste to display Christmas items before Thanksgiving? I am speaking of stores. Not homes. Just wondering. In upstate New York, and most probably much of the northeast, people put up their out of doors Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. I think it must be because usually it is warmer and there is little or no snow on the ground. It makes sense to me. What doesn't make sense is that I often see Christmas wreaths and lawn decorations still out in May. It makes me smile. Not to be too harsh on people I do remember once (since moving here almost 12 yrs ago) that we didn't take down our fake Christmas tree until the last week of January or perhaps even the first week of February.
Speaking of fake Christmas trees.... I am usually a real tree kind of girl but since I am married to what (or is it who?) must have been the actual model of the "Grinch Who Stole Christmas" ,We have a fake tree. The afore mentioned "Grinch" won't let us put up a real tree until a week before Christmas and tries to take it down the second the gift opening is completed. So I have a fake tree so I can enjoy one of my favorite things about Christmas decor, the lighted tree. I do miss the scent of the real tree so I sometimes buy pine boughs or a pine wreath to enjoy that fragrance.
My other fave is the out of door lights. I find it nostalgic, festive, and get such joy out of seeing all the Christmas lights during the season. Does that mean I have out door lights to enjoy for the season. That would be a resounding yes. Do I get to enjoy them?? That would be a season deflating no. My Grinch will not put them up for me to enjoy. Last year I put them in the picture window in our living room though it looked a little tacky I enjoyed seeing them when I drove in my neighborhood on my way home from going places at night. I would put up the lights myself but we live in a two story house and have a two legged ladder. I am afraid of heights and I don't know how to use a two legged ladder. It's pathetic, I know. Also, If I start using that ladder I may as well learn how to run the lawn mower and the chainsaw.
Enjoy the upcoming Holidays!

8 comments:

gigi said...

Well if you are married to the Grinch, then I am married to his first cousin! The one and only time we have had lights outside was the first year Jordan lived with us and she and Travis put them up. And the Grinch's first cousin had two sons just like him and NO ONE but me will even listen to Christmas Music and I have to listen to it when they are all gone or in my closet! Sad life I live, isn't it??

One time I did leave the fake trip up until after Valentines Day and I hung Valentines all over it. It was the smaller tree in the play room though. Sometimes we just have to do what we have to do!

gigi said...

I meant fake TREE!

hil said...

i love Christmas! the Mesa temple put up their awesome Christmas lights display and of course the gay rights homos protested in front of the grounds. classy. we are having so much Thanksgiving fun here with Jess, Haley, Dusty, and Nate. i know---i was seeing Christmas stuff before Halloween this year. i agree with you. stores should put nothing up until after thanksgiving! i love you.

Washington Cowgirl said...

Do you want me to send your eldest over to put up the lights for you? I'm sure he would in a heart beat if you make him some cookies. That boy loves his mommas cookies!

gigi said...

Merry Christmas to you and the Grinch! Hope it is filled with lots of love and joy and the true spirit of Christmas. Love ya!

hil said...

i demand a new post! and Happy Birthday, Mootie! i love you.

gigi said...

Wishing you a very blessed New Year! Love ya.

kanishk said...

Sometimes we just have to do what we have to do!
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