It’s already Christmas at my Hen House. They have gone full holiday and even have the giant two-liter soda Christmas tree display living large in the beverage section.
I get it, I know that Christmas decorations have been encroaching into autumn for years now and it’s the stuff of Internet memes. But this year, I think a new record has been set in just how early those decorations have gone up. Even establishments you think wouldn’t be decking the halls yet have decided to embrace the season of Hallgivingmas. I couldn’t believe it last week when I saw Crate & Barrel had a Christmas tree in their window.
I’ve accepted mass merchandisers like Walmart and Target and all the craft stores going for it. But I guess I expected more restraint from the likes of Crate & Barrel.
(Sidebar: I added in craft stores because a couple of years ago I had my backside handed to me when I complained on Facebook that Michaels had their full holiday decor out in June. Oh, holy night was I eviscerated by ticked off crafters who not so gently “explained” to me, with some with words that I bet aren’t on those “Faith, Love and Family” plaques they make, that they start working on their Christmas projects in the summer to have them done by December. Oops, my bad.)
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I can’t be the only who thinks it just feels wrong to see a Christmas tree in all its regalia out and about in October. It’s not that I’m a holiday purist and abide by a strict set of rules where you a) don’t co-mingle holidays and b) don’t celebrate one holiday before another has had its moment. OK, I take that back. I think I’m a holiday purist. In fact, I just might be a proud holiday purist.
Because I’m baffled as to why we need to Crockpot the best days of the year: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas? They each have enough mojo that they can stand of their own merits and don’t need to do a slow simmer in a stew of - here’s the last quarter of the year: enjoy.
I hate to do this, but I’m going to blame the artificial Christmas tree for Hallgivingmas. Back in the day there were no fake trees (or the fake trees were so ugly no one wanted them in their home; hello, 1972 aluminum tree) which meant most families used live Christmas trees. This gave your holiday decor an expiration date because you couldn’t put that tree up too early or by Dec. 25 your tanennbaum would be pine needle challenged and your floors would feature a pine needle carpet.
Once those fake trees got more and more realistic looking, people were hooked and then when those fakers came with pre-strung lights – it was robust buh-bye to the orderly observation of the holidays and welcome to people getting that tree out before they had carved their jack-o’-lantern.
My problem, as a purist, is that when Christmas decorations come out before school starts they are rendered nothing special. They just become part of the flotsam and jetsam of your daily routine. You begin to not even notice them anymore and that’s a shame. Instead of, “Yay, Christmas is coming” and being excited about the all that brings, it’s more of a “Humph, what do you know. Christmas is in three months.”
And don’t get me started on poor Thanksgiving. It’s like the orphan holiday now. I had a couple of people tell me they don’t even “do Thanksgiving” because it interferes with putting up the Christmas decorations.
Oh, well, at least they waited until November. I guess that should make the holiday purist in me a little bit proud.