Tuesday, November 18, 2008

it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

I always find it interesting how we seem to kick off the Christmas season earlier and earlier each year. It use to be after Thanksgiving. This year I saw Christmas decorations up in the stores the day after Halloween. Most everyone I talk to is disgusted by the fact Christmas is commercialized for so long. I, on the other hand, enjoy hearing the Christmas music and looking at the decorations and such six weeks before Christmas.

Being in technical ministry for the last eight years has meant many long hours in church or off site for seasonal services and events. So I missed many the opportunities to enjoy Christmas at Christmas time. I learned to appreciate all the festivities as much as I can before the full seasonal calendar kept me behind the scenes of the holiday. I even lobby my family to have Christmas in July each year….but they veto that proposal.

Tonight, my heart lost a little joy. I drove by two churches that had their outdoor Christmas decorations up and lite already. I am all for churches appropriately decorating their campus for Christmas. But….before Thanksgiving? I don’t think I’m ready to let church extend their Christmas season to before Thanksgiving.

What is the earliest that you want to see Christmas decorations?


Blogger Steveo said...

I would be perfectly happy if I didn't see a Christmas decoration until, oh Dec. 9th or 10th. I so want the surprise and joy of Christmas to feel fresh and enjoyable. Instead I get to stare at Christmas decorations for a month and a half. By the time Christmas is here I just want to puke. . . . . .If I was setting up a tree I wouldn't do it til the week before Christmas because it makes me feel like some of the old Christmas stories where they don't decorate their tree until Christmas eve. . . . . .There's my .02 on the matter but what do I. . . . .

November 18, 2008 at 10:34 PM  
Anonymous randall never said...

nothing until the day after thanksgiving. nothing.

November 19, 2008 at 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Adam said...

i really wish you wouldnt steal my blog posts.

its beneath you.

this is what people who like christmas do. they plagerize.

and im with randall. Day after thanksgiving.

November 20, 2008 at 1:51 PM  

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