A Modest Proposal

I’ve been complaining about the early appearance of Christmas decorations for awhile now.

I’ve really enjoyed reading my kindred spirit over at The Holiday Grinch.

But I’m afraid we aren’t making too much progress. So I offer what I feel is a very reasonable guideline:


I don’t think that’s too much to ask.


11 Responses to A Modest Proposal

  1. newscoma says:

    Reasonable is a good word.
    I’m a bit put out by the commercialism of all of this.
    But, WooHoo, I’ve already had me some boiled custard.

  2. jag says:

    Yo, man, don’t come by my house anytime soon. My decorations are going up Friday. I want to have everything done so that once Thanksgiving is over, we can sit back and enjoy the Christmas season without having to worry about stringing lights.

  3. ceeelcee says:

    The Advent calendar has 24 days on it. For a truly fervent supporter of the Xmas spirit like JAG, I’ll float you an extra week.

    Still well within my third trimester proposal, by the way.

  4. Not to be a spoil sport (who are we kidding, this is the Grinch speaking) with a due date of December 25, Mary’s third trimester would begin on September 26. But, if the gestational period for an immaculate conception is three months, you are on target.

  5. ceeelcee says:

    Hi Grinchy,

    I was trying to be kind for the holidays by giving the whole trimester. But Thanksgiving really does make a logical changeover date for holiday decorations.

    Like I can change anything…

  6. I agree. Chez Grinch,the Christmas season officially begins with Santa’s appearance at the finale of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s always a moving event.

  7. Kerry Woo says:

    Traditionally, the Christmas tree goes up the day after Thanksgiving and comes down before New Year’s Day at the ‘Dawg’s house.

    That’s the day that I get my my yearly exercise climbing the attic steps hauling down multiple boxes of Christmas ornaments.

    And we shop as much as possible online – I’m tired of crowds and worse, surly clerks.

  8. sistasmiff says:

    I’m getting a real tree this year, solely because I don’t want the damn tree up while it’s still November. This way, with the real tree, I can say, “It’ll dry out and burn the house down.”

    Sad thing is, I used to be the Christmas Queen, but, it’s turned into so much work, not to mention the expense, I dread jingle bells.

    I’m becoming an old coot.

  9. Uh, wouldn’t that make the first day for Xmas decs Sept. 25?

  10. Kat Coble says:

    Ooooh. Bad proposal. Since Jesus’ actual birthday was most probably in September or October your mandate would place the safe zone for Christmas decorations right around the 4th of July.

    What fun that would be.

  11. Vol Abroad says:

    I hate Christmas decorations in stores before Halloween and in homes before I put mine up (which varies as to when my husband will let me – sometimes just after Thanksgiving – sometimes a little later) As he’s British, he likes to follow a kind of Advent-ish rule in terms of Christmas decs.

    As Christmas decoration put-‘er-up dates creep backwards in the calendar I think this 3rd trimester rule is not such a bad rule even if it does make it earlier than it should be.

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