I love Christmas. I do. However, I'm one of those people (and I say that with optimism that there are, indeed, more people like this and it's not just some sort of bizarre quirk possessed by myself alone) that really and truly whole-heartedly, even, believes Christmas celebrations shouldn't begin 'til December 1st. MAYBE the day after Thanksgiving, but definitely not before.
So last week, on like the third of November, I drove by a house down the street that was already fully decked out -- colorful lights strung from everything except maybe the car, a blow-up Santa approximately the size of King Kong, wreaths, reindeer, you name it -- and I nearly went into convulsions.
Hello, early birds!, I thought, shielding my eyes. Surely they were the exception.
Then on Friday night, my sister and I were driving back from Boone, NC where we went to see a concert and had on the radio. Normally, I rarely listen to the radio...I have a carefully crafted iTunes playlist on when I'm home or cds in the car. Anyway...almost every station was playing Christmas music! A station or two were already playing ONLY Christmas music. What!
"Stop rushing the dude," I said. "Santa Claus still has almost six weeks before he comes to town! It's called the 12 days of Christmas, not the 42 days of a Christmas!"
And today, I walked into the grocery store, and was promptly greeted by a decorated Christmas tree, which distracted me to point I almost walked into a display of cereal.
Did someone change Christmas to November 25th and not tell me? I didn't see that trending on Twitter.
At any rate, regardless of when I personally think Christmas celebrations should begin, I do know people are already decorating their homes and many, many online shops have had their Christmassy things out for a month or more, so I am a little late to the ballgame in offering holiday-themed items. But better late than never, right?
Later this week (hopefully Friday) I am going to have a fairly large shop update happening, which a few Christmassy prints, including this one, which I am calling "She's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas":
She is not at all what I envisioned in my head, as I'd originally intended her to be dressed up as a snowman, but I just love her the way she is.
And the good news is...if you purchase a Christmassy print and are located in the U.S. ...it'll arrive in time for you to hang on December 1st....the Kathy approved date for decorating for Christmas. (If you're not in the U.S., don't worry...you'll still get yours with time to enjoy it before the big day...which has, in fact, not been moved to November 25th.)