I've been reading quite a bit about forgetting Thanksgiving, by decorating for Christmas so early. It brings to mind a memory from years ago.
My Mom and Dad loved Christmas decorating. They did it together in their later years.....early on, Dad worked nights and Mom would do the decorating then. Usually the week before Christmas, because we had a live tree. She was a perfectionist in decorating the tree. Tinsel had to be put on a strand at a time. I can remember like it was yesterday, "Young lady, if you want to help....do it the right way." Our tree was dripping with tinsel all lined up along the branches. The years went by and an artificial tree was purchased. It was then that she started collection crystal ornaments. The cute folksy ornaments were stored in boxes never to be used again. The tree was beautiful, however...
As my parents aged, the holidays were something that they both looked forward to. Mom lying on the couch reading her cookbooks...searching for new holiday recipes....and Dad her accomplice by continuously shopping for the ingredients and sampling some of the food :) As Mom's eyesight began to fail, she stopped looking at her cookbooks. This was one of the saddest times for me... personally. No more phone calls about holiday cooking. How I still miss talking to her on the phone.
One thing didn't change was their love for decorating the tree. The last year found my parents decorating before Thanksgiving and giving me a call about whether or not they should light the tree. What would their neighbors think? I convinced them to go ahead a light it and enjoy this beautiful tree during the holidays. I went to visit one evening and found them behind closed drapes with their beautiful tree all lit up. The two of them like little kids who thought that they were getting away with something. The twinkle was back in Mom's eyes as she glanced at the tree. She couldn't make out what was on the tree....but she could see the lights.
So, the other day a friend of mine emailed that she had put her tree up, but wouldn't light it yet. I told her some of this story and she said that she might light hers at night too...only behind closed draperies.
So, before you criticize someone for celebrating too early, remember that for some people lighting the lights is special...something that they look forward to all year. It's a way of making the Christmas season last longer. Who says you can't sit in your living room with the Christmas tree lit...while eating a turkey sandwich and a piece of pumpkin pie?