Christmas is coming - too early. Remember the good old days when Christmas began in mid-December? We had neighbours who always put up their tree the Sunday before December 8, just to get a march on us all. They kept their trees in the attic all year, ready for the annual light-up. It only took them half an hour to go from suburban semi-detached to Blackpool illuminations. It always took us a lot longer.
Traditionally we waited until the first day of the Christmas holidays, and then began a mad scramble to get the tree up and the lights all fixed as quickly as we could. The whole family mucked in, and at the end we were ready to sit down by a warm fire with a good family movie. Christmas had begun.
Now it begins the day Halloween ends, with shops putting up their lights in early November. The Christmas ads begin even earlier. I suppose such preparation is necessarily to exploit the season fully. After all there are only 400 shopping days to Christmas next year, and it is never too early to start.
But I like my Christmas to be a small oasis of celebration in the middle of the winter, so for me it will begin around December 20, and wind down on January 2 - will the final decorations back in the attic by the twelfth day of Christmas.
Have a good one everyone.