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Feasts, Seasons, and Sales

On Halloween night, stores across the country were busy putting up Christmas trees and restocking shelves with all manner of Christmas paraphernalia.  On November 1, the Christmas began.

A couple of days ago, I passed a country club adorned with Christmas wreaths and a 30 foot Christmas tree on a busy street corner. Stores had up Christmas displays and played Christmas music, and–heresy of heresies–a Salvation Army Bell Ringer was ringing his bell in front of Walgreens.  On November 10.


Listen, I understand the need to plan ahead.  For budgeting time and money, we have to stash away Christmas gifts through the year. Craft projects must be started months ahead of time.  I get that.  But I still don’t want to hear, “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas” on November 12.

We move from Sale-to-Sale in our culture.  From Back to School on July 1, to Halloween items in August, then straight to Christmas as soon as the costumes hit the clearance rack.  And yes, you’ll see Valentine’s Day items in early January.  Poor Thanksgiving is barely given an end-cap in November.  There’s not enough money in sweet potatoes, stuffing, and old-fashioned family dinners. 

Among the many problems with this sale-to-sale approach is that it completely ignores the current season. There are review cheapest tadalafil three main types of impairment: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed loss. Even an individual s violent actions generic no prescription viagra are featured to this hormone. Statistics have also suggested that only 3 out of 10 men with hyperthyroidism may encounter the best price cialis problem and it could be very severe as well. This system works, but like all systems, it takes a little time overnight shipping viagra to completely understand, and the support you get is second to none. Autumn in North Texas is of the “blink and you’ll miss it” variety.  Still, it’s there.  The startling pure blue November sky will take your breath away.  And our trees, though not bountiful, do adorn themselves in glorious yellows, reds, and oranges.  It’s a shame to miss their show in our mad dash to buy Rudolph wrapping paper.

The sad thing is that by December 15 many people will be tired of Christmas.  It will have been done to death for 45 days.  Really, who can stand all level of holiday cheer for that long?   And we’re still 10 days out from the first day of Christmas, and it’s not even technically winter yet!  Poor Epiphany–the 12th day of Christmas– is even worse off than Thanksgiving.  It’s been booted out of the Christmas season and forgotten entirely.

Our family is going to try something different this year: we’ll be observing the traditional Feast Days.  The Christmas season will start with St. Nicholas Day on December 6.  On that day, we’ll pull out decorations and go chop down a tree.  The only exception will be observing the first Sunday in Advent, this year on November 28.    The season will end with the Feast of Epiphany on January 6.  One month of Christmas festivities is sufficient.  You can, after all, have too much of a good thing.  

Right now, I’m enjoying my Texas autumn, thank you kindly.  Happy Fall, y’all.

2 responses to “Feasts, Seasons, and Sales”

  1. Sandy Avatar

    We're also observing the traditional feast days. Last year we waited until Joy Sunday (third Sunday of Advent, I think) to put up the tree, break out the Christmas movies and turn on the carols. It worked nicely and my teens commented on how much more peaceful it was.

  2. April Avatar

    That's a great idea! That's one benefit of celebrating Christmas "after" Christmas(w/ the 12 days of Christmas), it seems much more peaceful. Less hustle and bustle.

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