In my world/head, I don’t play holiday music or turn on holiday movies until the day after Thanksgiving, although every few years I might listen to holiday music in the car on the way home from Thanksgiving dinner. This rule is mostly just to keep the Christmas/Solstice season within some kind of boundaries. I think 5-6 weeks is plenty of celebration – no need for it to spill out into October and early November.
So I was surprised to come home from picking up pizza yesterday to hear holiday music playing. Loudly. As we sat down to our pizza, I gave YA grief about playing Christmas songs. Without missing a beat, she said “oh please – you’ve been doing holiday stuff since March”. I have to admit that she is correct. In the spring, when we all thought covid would be history by this time, I was expecting to be extremely busy at work, with all my spring programs bumping into the fall. Since this was my mindset, I figured I should get all my Solstice stuff done early, so I wouldn’t be stressing out about it in October and November. I did all my cards, my egg ornaments and my calendars in the spring. I also worked on the family gift throughout the summer. The last week I’ve done what I consider my “last-minute” stuff: the newsletter, wrapping, labels, cookie selection, etc.
I consider all this holiday prep, but not holiday celebration. No music or movies for me yet. But I’m all ready for next Friday…. all my holidays movies are in a separate bin so I can get to them fast and YA’s “Alexa” will be on call every day (and I’ve finally figured out how to get her to play Radio Heartland).
Will you be celebrating this year? When will you start?