Sunday, 16 November 2008

You're a bad banana, with a greasy black peel

I've always asserted my belief that nothing Christmasy should commence until after Thanksgiving. I've been balking at the Christmas paraphernalia that has appeared on UK store shelves since before Halloween. I also get annoyed when people ask about my "Christmas" plans without even once thinking that maybe I don't celebrate Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I'm not the Grinch. I love Christmas, but I also celebrate Chanukah so it annoys me that people assume everyone celebrates Christmas. Also the fact that the over commercialization creeps earlier and earlier every year drives me mad.

Yet today, almost two weeks before Thanksgiving, I am feeling decidedly Christmasy. I'm taking part in an ornament exchange-- it's basically Secret Santa, but with the direction to include a cultural relevant ornament from the country in which you live. I went shopping for my gifts and after coming home, lighting a Christmasy smelling candle and wrapping the gifts I'm wanting to decorate.

Literally days ago I was complaining how early it was for the Glasgow Christmas lights to get turned on today, yet here I am loving my Mandarin, Clove and Cinnamon candle and my gift wrapping skills. I mean come on I used cute little chocolate santas, snowmen and penguins to accent the ribbon--that's innovative.

How early is too early for Christmas? When do you allow yourself to indulge in decorating and other holiday traditions?


alcyone said...

Easter is a really big deal here, and a lot of people kept asking me how I celebrate Easter. My answer ("I don't") was always a huge downer.

But those presents are the cutest ever! And in uncharacteristic fashion, I've been hand-making ornaments all week. So I think the season is officially started for me!

Melaina25 said...

Ooh I wish I was that crafy. I aspire to learn how to knit and be all etsy like.