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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Still Falling

We're deep into the thick of the season I often reference as Hallothanksmas-- you know, that time of year where one can stand on virtually any street corner and witness turkeys cavorting recklessly with elves and reindeer under the watchful gaze of a tardy grim reaper.

I remember the shock I felt the first time I witnessed a retail establishment trimming trees and tinseling halls in late October. These days, it's not uncommon to encounter Yuletide cheer nestled amongst stacks of lunch boxes and college ruled loose leaf on Labor Day.

Here at Running With Letters, I advocate a strict Seasonal Separation policy. I believe that each season should be savored for its own merits for its full duration. Being, as we are, well over a week away from the Fall Finale of feasting and frivolity that is Thanksgiving, it's still full on fall here.

We're still enjoying evenings around our patio fire pit, enjoying chili and chai, and the leaves that are just now beginning to peak. And pumpkins? They're still everywhere. We haven't carved a single one yet--in our house, that's a Thanksgiving tradition.










What's your policy? Do Christmas decorations go up before Thanksgiving, or after?

9 comments:

blueviolet said...

I'm guilty of neglecting Thanksgiving. I tend to move right from Halloween to Christmas, and I have the house decorated by Thanksgiving Day. Although this year...you're guilting me into doing otherwise! LOL

5thsister said...

Normally, the weekend after Thanksgiving for us. I am with you on your strict seasonal separation policy!

Jen said...

Well.. my husband's family really celebrates Thanksgiving.. so he has a strick no christmas decorations, or music, or anything until AFTER Thanksgiving.. but we certainly won't be the first ones on our block with Christmas lights up (someone put theirs up almost 2 weeks ago.. and has actually had them lit every single night!)

Pines Lake Redhead said...

I'm a stickler for keeping the holidays separated. If I ruled the world, Christmas decorations wouldn't be allowed until December and sports seasons wouldn't even overlap.

Hallothankmass made me chuckle. I read an article in the Wall Street Journal back in October that referred to Halloween (in terms of retail) as the "other Christmas." I hadn't thought of it in those terms before but it's so true.

Lisa said...

Justine and I were talking about this a couple of weeks ago. It was the day after Halloween and all the Christmas decorations were up in Target. Justine was upset because they were not recognizing Thanksgiving. I told her never to celebrate holidays according to the commercial retail calendar.I am there with you, sister!

Willoughby said...

I agree with you! I'm already tired of being bombarded with Christmas. It's in the stores, on the radio, television, internet, newspapers.... It's really taking some of the fun out of it for me.

We normally begin our Christmas decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

Thanksgiving is still my favorite holiday. Family, food and gratitude. I love the simplicity of it, the "gift" of being thankful. And of course, turkey hash from the leftovers. I vote..no Christmas before December......

Lori

Mixed Reflections said...

I agree fully. It makes life less special if the celebrations bleed into weeks and months beyond their already extended life span. I will admit to having completed a good deal of Christmas shopping though. I felt like I could sit back and enjoy things more...and make more reasoned purchases...if I did it early. Phew! A relief of sorts!

Dawn said...

we haven't carved either... my daughter wants to cook her pumpkin this year! i want to hold my ground and keep fall until the very last minute... but the shopping deals have set in and i am trying to take advantage... i am trying so hard not to skip ahead!

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