I can’t believe how early everyone is decorating for Christmas this year. In early November my supermarket was bedecked and full of Christmas decorations, Christmas chocolates, candles and everything else under the sun wrapped in Christmas packaging. Driving through the village in the dark this evening I could hardly believe my eyes – every second tree seemed to be covered in lights. There were reindeer hanging off balconies and Santa everywhere imaginable. Even my dear husband started muttering about putting out the outside decorations yesterday evening.
I seem to be the only person that thinks like this.
For Advent Sunday my elder daughter and I will make our Advent Sleigh. We’ll light the first candle; the next Sunday it will be the second and the one after the third candle. I want to be able to savour Advent for a couple of weeks at least before I jump into Christmas mode. I want to take time to think about the significance of Advent before Christmas mania hits.
Maybe a week or so before Christmas we’ll go and look for a tree and cut some holly from the garden. We’ll take out the Crib and set it up – but without baby Jesus, shepherds or kings. We’ll haul down the boxes of Christmas decorations and together we will decorate the house. We’ll listen to carols and eat Christmas Guetzli.
I want it to still seem new and exciting when Christmas comes around. If I started decorating in November I can’t believe that it would be anything but stale by late December. I have no desire to dust the crib or baubles.
Why is it that everyone is always so ahead of themselves? Is it just a great big marketing ploy? Whatever it is, I’m waiting. I want to enjoy today because it is today. I don’t need to be chasing after tomorrow yet. Tomorrow will come. Christmas will come. I hope we can remember what we’re celebrating, enjoy being together and not get all caught up in the hype.
Maybe it will even snow this year.