I first published this blog in November 2017.
A Hallmark display recently caught my eye. The sign above the holiday greeting cards declared: Christmas is December 25th. Huh. Good to know.
Many bemoan how the holidays arrive earlier every year. Retailers anxious for Christmas sales begin Black Friday sales on July 4th. Costco erected a winter wonderland of snowmen in September. XM Radio premiered their holiday stations on November 1.
And Hobby Lobby . . . well, the home goods store celebrates three seasons: Last Christmas, This Christmas, and Next Christmas!
I’ve always resisted the holiday madness, observing the day after Thanksgiving as my personal advent of the holiday season. However, I’ve experienced a Scrooge-like change of heart.
December days rush by so quickly with over-committed calendars and hectic schedules. December 26th always dawns with an awareness of opportunities lost.
So this year I’m celebrating an early Christmas.
I’m decking the halls, listening to Christmas music, and singing carols. Eight Nativity Scenes adorn my office. An old fashioned, candle ornament is plugged into an outlet, bubbling merrily away. I’ve been sipping eggnog since early-November. If I had some chestnuts, they would be roasting on an open fire.
Oh, I fight the occasional urge to say, “Bah, humbug.” I’m a recovering Scrooge with occasional lapses. However, life’s too short to miss the advent of the Holy Day Season.
Christmas is December 25th this year. But why wait? Start celebrating an early Christmas today.