Even before Halloween and Bonfire Night, social media is awash with talk of Christmas. But now it is the next thing on the event calendar, that seems to be the thing most people want to talk about. Some people are applauding that they can now put up their Christmas trees, some people already have. Inside I am silently screaming.
Yes, I get that it isn’t that far away and yes, starting to get organised buying presents and cards I can see but decorating the house? Putting up the tree? At the beginning of November (or even October in some cases)? That is the last thing I can think about.
Don’t get thinking that I am a Scrooge. I am not. I love Christmas, it is one of my favourite times of year. In fact, December is one of my favourite months. I was born in December as was my husband and daughter. My husband and I love December so much that we even got married during our favourite month. I love the build up to Christmas, the shopping, the wrapping, the decorations. But not in October.
It is very pretty and there is something so magical about the Christmas decorations being up and the tree lights twinkling in the background. But let’s get realistic here. It isn’t terrible practical, is it? We don’t put ours up until the first week in December and even then, I have had enough of it all after a couple of weeks. It gets in the way, it gets dusty and it gets quite annoying. The thought of having to deal with it for longer than three weeks leaves me cold. As soon as Christmas is done, so are the decorations and by New Year, they are all packed away and stored safely out of the way.
Plus think of the extra electricity you will use with all those lights. Such a waste. Think about all those pine needles in your carpet and if you do like a real tree, surely it would be a piece of bare wood by Christmas day?
The main thing for me though is that starting Christmas so early loses the magic. Christmas is such a magical time. I love to see my children’s faces when they see everything up, it all adds to the joy of the countdown. Surely you can’t start counting down in October, you would run out of steam by November. Some of that magic would wear off.
Back in the olden days, the tradition was to put up the tree on Chrismas Eve, some choosing to do it as late as the night when the children were all in bed. A little drastic these days I guess, but I can see the dramatic effect that would have. Imagine the feeling of coming down the stairs, not only to find gifts but to find a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, how amazing would that be?
In reality, of course, it is late and there is enough to think about and do on Christmas Eve without having to put the decorations up. So, I wouldn’t go that far and you do want to be able to enjoy it for a couple of weeks beforehand.
I may have to avoid Facebook over the next few weeks and do the whole ‘bah humbug’ thing and smile sweetly when a couple of my early Christmas decorating friends talk excitedly about this year’s colour theme (and don’t even get me started on that one!) And as for us, I won’t be resorting to the drastic 24th December tradition but if you happen to pop in around the 7th December you will find me happily enjoying the festivities with a mince pie in hand. Not before though.