Tuesday, November 3, 2009

it's November 3rd, not Christmas!

Today is November 3.
It is not Christmas.
We haven't even made it to Thanksgiving yet.
We just finished Halloween!

Yet, I find myself surronded by Christmas. 

First let me qualify this whole post.  I love Christmas, I love holidays. But I am a one at a time holiday kind of gal.  I may start looking for stuff now - but really my shopping doesn't really start until after Thanksgiving (granted I will not shop on Christmas Eve, did it once and learned my lesson).

I have a friend who starts decorating for Christmas on November first.  She can't wait for Halloween to be over so she can start decorating.  I was in CVS on Friday - they had her beat.  They had Halloween and Christmas decor side by side.

New releases of Christmas music are coming out - it's all I heard about on the radio this morning. 

And then I get here and there are all these Christmas lists - giveaways and such.  I understand that giveaways can't be done at the last minute - and some of them are pretty awesome (The Five Fish has a whole month long series going on, and I did enter for some pearls, new shoes, and a kids kitchen set), but I'm just not ready for Christmas yet.

I want to enjoy the here and now.  I love Halloween and we all got decked out in our costumes (pics of which will not upload for some reason).  We are still eating the pounds of candy left over.  We still have our Jack-O-lanterns outside. 

Next week we'll start talking about Thanksgiving and the kids will start making turkeys out of hands at school.  I'll make my thankful list - because at this time, we need to remember all the things we do have instead of what we don't.

And then later on- I'll go Christmas shopping - probably the day after Thanksgiving - it is the most wonderful time of the year you know!

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present. ~Babatunde Olatunji


  1. I am so with you! Every store I've been into this past has exploded with Christmas. I just took down my Halloween decorations and I'm not ready to string up lights and hit the mall yet. I get that the retailers rely on this season, and the earlier it starts the better for them. But it's doesn't mean it's better for the rest of us!

  2. It is hard to get in the mode. I am always on the lookout for a great sale on toys for my nieces and nephews and for our family gift swap. I just can't pay full price for anything:) But I don't decorate until the Sunday after Thanksgiving. That's plenty for me.

  3. My kids wanted to put the Christmas tree up today. I did not and will not until Thanskgiving.

  4. RESPECT THE TURKEY! I LOVE Christmas. Really, its probably my favorite simply because of being with family and the excitement and the decorations, but Thanksgiving is so under appreciated and it is truly such a great holiday. I completely agree with you. I feel like the Christmas stuff comes out earlier and earlier every year. Soon they will just be leaving it all out!

  5. Well, I start my Christmas cleaning three weeks ago. I like to organized everything but, not doing shopping yet.

  6. I'm afraid I'm one of the ones who would start decorating now if I thought I could get away with it! I LOVE Christmas. The decorations, the music, the trees, everything just puts me in a good mood. I usually have my Christmas shopping done by now as well. This year has been a little different, because well, we're in China, but USUALLY, it's finished by now. I LOVE Christmas!


  7. Amen Sister! I love all the holidays too, but don't want to rush any of it. I was annoyed when I went to pick up some last minute Halloween decor during the week of 10/26 and all the Halloween displays were down and had been replaced with Christmas displays. "What about Thanksgiving?" I wondered. It really goes to show what a powerful hold the retail world has on all of us.


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