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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?

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DAVE

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.

SAM

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.

NAT

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.

TUNE IN FOR DAVE, SAM AND ASH ON HOT 91.1 ON WEEK­DAYS FOR BREAK­FAST FROM 5.30AM.

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