IT’S ONLY OCTOBER BUT CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS ARE UP IN MANY RETAILERS SO WE ASKED THE HOT 91 TEAM IF WE ARE CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS TOO EARLY?
IT may be the result of global warming, we don’t know, but Michael Buble is definitely defrosting earlier this year. The sound of carols can be heard playing through the shops, the smell of moth balls are filling the air as the decorations come out from storage and it’s only October.
I’m hearing discussions that we’re celebrating Christmas too early this year, and usually I’m a traditionalist when it comes to putting up decorations on December 1. But this year I’m not.
There’s arguments that say we’ll lose the spirit of Christmas if it goes for too long, or our bank accounts will start crying. My personal opinion is; go for it. If putting up some tinsel around your baubles brings you joy, then make it happen.
I think the positives completely outweigh the negatives. You see, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year — why wouldn’t you want it all year round? Christmas is full of bright lights, decorated trees, the smell of baking, giving gifts, families arguing about politics, thousands of kids’ Christmas concerts, interstate family staying over at your house eating all your food … messing up your house … breaking everything you own, using up … all … the … hot … water. Oh and another thing: what about the terrible look of those reindeer antlers that have fallen off cars on to the road making it look like a Christmas carnage of reindeer roadkill?
OK, I’ve actually changed my mind, Christmas should start and finish on December 25.
One day will do.
IT’S beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I don’t think it should.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas. It’s probably my favourite time of year. But that’s just the point, it’s a time of the year, a definite time of the year, steeped in history and tradition. Now before you lambaste me and call me a grinch, if every day is special then none are. If we over-celebrate things then what’s left to make them special?
It’s a bit like every kid getting a trophy at the end-of-year footy awards night — what’s the point? (I digress, we’ll save this for another time.) My point is, if we extend the time in which we celebrate Christmas then we dilute the significance of it. We have been debating the merits of putting up Christmas decorations as early as now — the first week of October. We’ve only just survived footy finals, there are still empty pizza boxes and beer cans in the recycle bin and now you want to fill the Dyson with tinsel already? What is wrong with waiting until December 1? Are the Millennials rubbing off on us so much that we now can’t wait for the calendar to roll around with our special occasions? Or are we just being led by the same marketing machine that has somehow justified the year round inclusion of hot cross buns in the Woolies stock offering?
If we kick off Christmas celebrations too soon it will be akin to a New Year’s Eve party starting at 9am, by the time you get to midnight, its anticlimactic conclusion leaves you flat and struggling to be bothered to snog anyone.
Celebrate Christmas, absolutely, but at Christmas time.
LOVELY Ash is on her honeymoon in New Zealand at the moment, so it’s Newsroom Nat here taking one for the team.
Today we’re talking all things Christmas — I know it’s October but for some people, it’s never too early to get in the Christmas spirit. With 11 weeks to go there’s Chrissy treats popping up in supermarkets, and decorations adorning shelves — whether we like it or not Christmas is coming.
I was always told as a kid that the tree and decorations go up on December 1, and not a minute before. But there’s someone in our office who is bringing the spirit a little earlier this year — popping up his tree over the weekend. As crazy as it seems, I actually have some neighbours who put up an awesome display of lights last year.
The thing is, they never took them down. Very festive, but when you see lights in March it’s probably a bit much.
I’ve done some research into it and in Victorian times, trees were put up on the afternoon of Christmas Eve — while in some communities, it is tradition to put up the Christmas tree on December 6, in honour of Saint Nicholas Day.
I’m by no means a grinch, I think if something makes you happy than go for it, but I do like the tradition of things.
As a child there was something special about waiting to unpack all the deco’s with mum and dad. I wonder if we begin to celebrate too early we’ll lose the magic of Christmas all together. What I am looking forward to though — is Boxing Day, when the hot cross buns start to hit the shelves.
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