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Danecdotes: Christmas season can, and should, start now

Tomorrow is special because it is the first day of the year where I don't mind Christmas things being shoved down my throat. My problem is the "Christmas season" starts a little earlier every year. PineandLakes.com Illustration

Tomorrow is a very special day of the year.

No, I don't mean Black Friday - in fact, I really don't care for sacrificing life and limb to save 40 bucks on a TV. I also don't mean "leftover turkey and stuffing" day, although let's face it, that is all kind of special.

Tomorrow is special because it is the first day of the year where I don't mind Christmas things being shoved down my throat. My problem is the "Christmas season" starts a little earlier every year.

I have been called a scrooge before, usually by my wife, but it really bothers me that Christmas trees are on displays in certain stores by mid-October. I don't care for Christmas music being played on the radio in early November, and I absolutely hate that stores have holiday deals on Thanksgiving Day.

Personally, I would like to observe the several holidays that take place between Labor Day and Christmas and give them my full attention. I feel like the whole time we are picking out Halloween costumes and candy, as well as preparing Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas is in the back of the general public's mind.

I suppose that is due in part to preparation for Christmas being a bit more labor-intensive, what with all the gift-buying and stuff, but it is unfortunate all the same in my opinion.

Usually, my wife enjoys setting up the Christmas tree in the week leading up to Thanksgiving. It is a not-at-all unreasonable request since we both grew up setting up the tree over Thanksgiving weekend and we are now usually gone most of that weekend, but the notion of holiday-jumping really bugs me.

She didn't ask this year, so that's kind of nice.

But no matter. Christmas season begins tomorrow, if you ask me. The tree can go up without reservation and the Carpenters Christmas album can and, let's face it, probably will be played on repeat in my house for the next 30 days, courtesy of my wife.

To be clear, I enjoy the Christmas season and Christmas itself. It is hard not to. However, I also love Thanksgiving, I have fun on Halloween and I recognize the importance of observing Veterans Day. I feel like those days become a little more overshadowed each and every year by a holiday that is always "just around the corner."

Now that those days are nearly past us, I'm happy to celebrate along with the rest of the world. I can't wait for Christmas to come. I can't wait to give my nieces and nephews their gifts. Honestly, I really can't wait for the meat and cheese trays my family always seems to get as gifts. Those things are my weakness.

Christmas is a wonderful time of year that is worth celebrating, but how about if we celebrate other days too?

In any event, Merry Christmas!

Dan Determan
Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper
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