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Let’s not rush the season

November 27, 2013 - Linda Lobeck
I’ve always been excited to put up decorations and enjoy them for as long as I can during the Christmas season. I also enjoy riding around and taking in the beautiful lights and decorations that others have done. I feel a certain kinship to these people who mark the season by sharing their holiday spirit with everyone else.

I’ve been teased by my family for many years with questions like, “You don’t have your tree up yet do you?” Why would I put up anything Christmas related until after Thanksgiving? Really? I know I enjoy shopping for family and friends and decorating my house, but let’s let one holiday get done with before bringing on the next one.

Once again we are hit by the earlier shopping frenzy that has made its way into celebrating Thanksgiving. I understand businesses wanting to kick off the holiday shopping season with special sales and deals to bring in customers. But what I don’t like is that fact that it’s no longer ‘Black Friday,’ and its now become 'Brown Thursday' when all the shopping frenzy starts followed by 'Cyber Monday.'

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for all we have and to spend time with family and friends enjoying this special American holiday. I guess I get a little upset to see that the sales that day pulls people away from their families so they can hit the stores for sales.

I admit as I have gotten some ideas for Christmas gifts and already started my shopping. I may have already started wrapping some gifts too, but that’s all. I have my standards and I officially wait until after Thanksgiving to start my Christmas decorating.

My whole purpose behind getting things done right after Thanksgiving is that I have that much longer to enjoy my family time and enjoy my decorations. I can be found anytime after the first of December sitting in the dark in my living room with just the Christmas tree lights on, sounds of various Christmas songs playing in the background, and sipping a cup of of hot cocoa out of my special Christmas mug. That's when I can take the time to reflect on the many blessings in my life -- and isn't that the real reason for the season?


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