I don’t know what the stores are like where you live, but the ones at the mall down the road from us started decorating for Christmas before Halloween.
And not just decorating. Penny’s has a number of Christmas-themed products occupying prominent places on major aisles. Presents for pets. Santa-themed sleepwear. You name it, they’ve probably got it.
I suppose I shouldn’t be shocked at seeing the decorating starting so early. Not when it’s been this way longer than I can remember.
The decorating is really ramping up now. The mall has placed two trees at the ends of mostly empty hallways. Soon they’ll hang the huge fresh-looking wreaths that require special equipment to reach high enough to put them in place. Santa’s chair and the related setting just appeared a day or two ago.
With “Black Friday” coming this week, I can understand the need to get everything ready for all the Christmas shoppers. This is the one time of year our mall doesn’t look dead.
I can recall helping decorate the Christmas tree when I was still living at home. My parents were very particular. I wasn’t to simply throw the icicles over the branches, but to drape them carefully, one by one. How tedious!
But also how effective. The extra care showed.
And that was in the days when the Christmas tree lights were a real pain. Some of you may recall the times when a strand wouldn’t light if one bulb had burned out. Think National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
I’m not interested in doing much decorating now. Fortunately, neither is my wife.
Back when we had two cats–even when we got down to one–there was no way to safely have a Christmas tree on the floor. So we downsized from a nice pre-decorated tree to one we could put on the dining room table. We tried a Norfolk Island pine several years, but since we always managed to kill them eventually, we switched to a reusable tabletop-sized artificial tree.
It got in the way. Too many presents, I suppose. So now we don’t have a tree at all. Kathleen puts up a few decorations every year, but nothing elaborate.
People might accuse us of being Scrooges, but I say, “Bah! Humbug!” to that accusation.
Christmas is the celebration of Christ’s birth. That’s the only thing that matters. And we don’t need decorations to do that.
Besides that, nothing can ever begin to match the original Bethlehem star.
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