Radio stations across the country are already playing Christmas Carols. Municipalities have their decorations up.
But it’s not actually the Christmas season yet. Advent–the traditional preparation period for Christmas–starts November 30. Christmas starts on December 25 and lasts through January 6. That means this year you’ve got 37 days of Christmas celebrating. Isn’t that enough?
What’s even more amusing is the fact that the word “Christmas” is verboten for a lot of the entities pushing everything forward. “Happy Holidays!” they yell, as they sell you your Winter Festive Tree.
Perhaps the problem is that people lack the imagination to know what to do with their Novembers. There’s not much commercial direction involved, so we seem to be at a lost unless we’re sold a prepackaged celebration kit. Moreover, we don’t seem to be able to switch off “celebration mode.” Not everything has to be a party.
We’ve got four weeks until Thanksgiving. If you’re hosting a Thanksgiving thing, have fun preparing for that. Or ordering the catering. But even if you don’t have to plan for the seasonal holiday, can’t we observe the season we’re actually in? If you’re a crafty person, Pinterest has a plethora of ideas and projects for fall and Thanksgiving. If you’re not crafty and like low cost/effort activities, I’ve compiled a list to help you out.
November 1: Steal candy from your kid’s Halloween haul or hit the stores for deep discounts
November 2: Sleep late! We switch off evil Daylight Saving Time! Curse you, Benjamin Franklin!
November 3: National Sandwich Day! Make me a sammich!
November 4: Election Day! Go vote, or you may get an unpleasant call from your local political thugs.
November 5: Guy Fawkes Day! Although I don’t encourage supporting religious terrorism.
November 6: Make sure your fireplace is ready for the season. If you don’t have a fireplace, buy a candle and use your imagination.
November 7: Treat yourself to some hot apple cider.
November 8: Rake your leaves into a big pile and jump in! Unless you live in Texas, then go look at the changing leaves. You can rake in December. Or January.
November 9: Take a walk and see if you can tell what kind of winter it will be from the winter preparations of the local fauna. Or check out the Farmer’s Almanac.
November 10: Marine Corp Birthday! Buy a Marine a drink or a cookie, depending on his or her age!
November 11: Veterans Day! Take a vet to lunch.
November 12: My grandpa’s birthday. It’s not an official holiday, but it should be. He was awesome. Make some fudge, take a picture, or write a goofy poem in honor of him.
November 13: Dance like no one’s looking when people are actually looking. (I just made that up, but why not?)
November 14: Throw out your Jack-O-Lantern. Seriously, two weeks is long enough.
November 15: Make a stew and crusty bread. Or go out for stew and crusty bread.
November 16: Read a scary story. Ace has a nice compilation, or you can always go with “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”
November 17: The Leonid Meteor Shower peaks!
November 18: Second try for the Leonids in case you fell asleep waiting for the meteor shower last night.
November 19: Buy yourself an extra cup of coffee because you were up past midnight two nights in a row trying to watch the meteor shower.
November 20: Play a board game, or as the cool kids call them “table top games.” (Yeah, it’s a board game. Stop being pretentious.)
November 21: Watch an old movie–one your parents or grandparents watched. All About Eve, Casablanca, and Arsenic and Old Lace are a few of my favorites.
November 22: National Adoption Day. Take an adoptive family to lunch, bake them cookies, or send them a card.
November 23: Start defrosting your turkey in your refrigerator. Trust me on this one.
November 24: Clean out your refrigerator: Pie is coming!
November 25: Draw straws for who has to go to the grocery store. Kick yourself for waiting til the last minute. (Conversely, give yourself a pat on the back and look smug if you did your shopping last week.)
November 26: Bake all the pies!
November 27: Thanksgiving!
November 28: Turkey Sandwiches!
November 29: Fight over the last piece of pumpkin pie!
November 30: First Sunday of Advent. You may now begin the Christmas season.
There you go: 29 days of not celebrating Christmas before the season begins. Happy fall, y’all!