Happy November! The DCIB Christmas GiveAway has started, of course, because DCIB Christmas starts as soon as SRK Day is over. But what about the other signs of Christmas? My new shared household is having a debate related to “when does Margaret get to put up decorations all over the yard”. This is following my dawn raid the day after Halloween which removed all Halloween decorations and replaced them with a Christmas tree. The Christmas tree is allowed, but Halloween is still up also, and we are debating as to when I get to put up all my other stuff and finally hide Halloween in the basement where it belongs.
Look at our lovely Halloween/Christmas decorations! Yes, someone has already suggested gluing Santa hats on the ghosties.
The day after Thanksgiving: the traditional American answer. Famously, during the depression, Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving back a week in order to extend the Christmas shopping season and help the economy. I sort of agree with this answer, because I like using the Thanksgiving 4 day weekend to clean and decorate my house. But at the same time, only one month of Christmas??? SO SHORT!!!
The Day the Local Radio Station Switches to All Holiday: In Chicago, WFMT (Your Source for the Holiday Lit) used to do all Christmas just the week before Christmas. Back when I was in college, it was the sign that my finals were over and I could start packing up for Christmas break. But they have slowly inched back through the calendar and I think currently they go for “one week after Halloween”. I use them as a “it’s okay for me to be thinking about Christmas, WFMT is already doing it!” measure, but not as my main measure any more.
Start of Advent: Nope! Too late! I reject this! Depending on when Sunday falls, this could seriously shorten your holiday celebration times.
The Day after That One Relative in Your Family Has Their December Birthday: To this day I think my mother was brainwashed by having a sibling with a December birthday. She seems to think Christmas starts at the absolute last minute, and I think it’s because her family used to wait until after her brother’s birthday to really go all out. Anyway, my housemate’s birthday is one week before Thanksgiving, so that might be the reasonable cut off, right?
Start of Holiday Movie Season: Like the Radio Station, this used to be reasonable. But now it’s all crazy and back before Halloween. Plus, SO MANY MOVIES. It’s gone from a guilty pleasure to an overwhelming task. So, not that.
First Day it Snows: This isn’t always viable, because it can snow for the first time anywhere from before Halloween to after New Years. But this year, the first snow is supposed to be THIS WEEKEND. That feels good, right? Fall is over, winter is starting, time to put up the lights.
Anyway, I’ve already changed Albie Dog into his Christmas sweater, but that’s just because he looks so cuuuuuuuuuuute.