There seems to be some doubt in these parts as to when the time is right to start celebrating the Christmas holiday. Growing up, every family I knew had their own protocol but commercially the kick-off date was the Friday after Thanksgiving. In my house, the Christmas tree went up over the weekend following Turkey Day. Here, in Canada or at least my section of it, there seems to be some discord.
A couple of weeks ago, the largest drug store chain around here started playing their holiday music throughout their stores. The people revolted! They said, ‘Hey, hey, hey. . .it’s not even November yet, eh?’ And the store acquiesced. Just like that; simple enough.
out to all the veterans who served or currently serve in the Armed Forces and/or supportive services.) However, on Saturday, the major city hub held their annual Christmas Parade. Why would you hold any other celebratory tradition during the weekend to honor our military personnel? I think the veterans earned the right to have one entire weekend all to themselves. It’s the least we non-military folks can do, right? Not sharing your honor time with a jolly man in a red suit. Some might even call it a bit tacky. I’ll let you decide.
There is one aspect of the holiday season that is absolute, shopping. People here start their holiday shopping on ‘Black Friday,’ just like in the States. The States is a very reasonable drive so this year, some stores and shopping centers on this side of the border are also having ‘Black Friday’ sale events. I highly doubt this will keep most of the shoppers from making that drive to the US. Let’s face it, making the haul to the border has become a tradition for some folks. Also, earlier this year, the Canadian government increased the amount one can spend on the other side without having to pay fees upon crossing the border. Not very bright if you want to push sales in your own country.
I know there are people out there that leave their holiday lights tacked up to the outside of their house all year round. Lazy or good planning? Decorating is okay but my weakness are the songs. Nothing like belting out a good round of Oh, Come all Ye Faithful to get my spirit pumped. However, I do exercise some restraint; not of my own making, of course. I am allowed to start playing Christmas songs on the first day after Thanksgiving or the first day it starts to snow, whichever comes first. Just another reason for me to like snow. Unfortunately, with all the Global Warming my first day of snow is getting later and later.
It seems no one can decided on a day that is acceptable to begin the celebration of the Christmas season but several people will make noise if they believe you are unreasonably early. So when is it too early? Apparently, it’s too early in October or the first week of November. Personally, I think here in Canada it needs to wait until after we honor our veterans; in the States, a good rule of thumb is to wait until after Thanksgiving. Just keep in mind, the sooner the decorations go up, the sooner the songs begin. . .”Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation. . . “