Christ­mas in Novem­ber? Well, why not?

The Sligo Champion - - OPINION - With Deb­o­rah Cole­man

IDON’ T know about you, but I think that Christ­mas has ar­rived much earl i er than usual this year, but f or once peo­ple don’ t seem to mind. We all seem to be em­brac­ing the fes­tive cheer well ahead of the tra­di­tional De­cem­ber lead-in and so far, so good.

The streets are fes­tooned with twin­kling lights and the Santa lists have been writ­ten for weeks.

Per­haps it’s all the doom and gloom we have faced this year, or per­haps many of us are lucky enough to be in em­ploy­ment and in a po­si­tion to af­ford to cel­e­brate, but there has most def­i­nitely been a shift. Long gone are the days of wait­ing un­til De­cem­ber 1, or for the start of Ad­vent to crack open the dec­o­ra­tions and put up the Christ­mas tree, but for once it seems to be ac­cepted pretty much across the board at this early stage.

The chal­lenge is, how do we em­brace all that is sin­cere and mean­ing­ful about Christ­mas with­out get­ting swept up in the vul­gar con­sumerism which it en­cour­ages?

The two are so very of­ten en­twined that as well as ob­serv­ing all the tra­di­tional and re­li­gious el­e­ments, we are shop­ping ‘ til we drop at the same time.

For some, it is all about lists, shop­ping, buy­ing presents and fill­ing the fridge and while there is noth­ing wrong with this, it’s im­por­tant not to for­get that as cliche as it sounds, those things are not im­por­tant at the end of the day.

This year, Black Fri­day re­ally hit the Ir­ish shores in a phys­i­cal sense. Ev­ery shop was in­volved, and not just in the larger cities.

What was once the pre­serve of on­line re­tail­ers, out­side of the USA, has be­come com­mon place and there is more ef­fort than ever made to get con­sumers to part with their hard earned cash long be­fore Christ­mas even comes. It is a pretty clever con­cept though, be­cause what will many of us do when we have ticked off out lists - well buy more of course.

We will shop right up un­til Christ­mas Eve be­cause we can and be­cause the deals are just there to be had - and then af­ter Christ­mas, we’ ll get up at silly o’clock to have a crack at the Jan­uary sales, which in­ci­den­tally are sold out by the time Jan­uary starts.

As we look to­wards the end of an­other year, it’s im­por­tant to make the most of this most en­joy­able of sea­sons, and if that means start­ing in Novem­ber well why not. Af­ter all, it is the most won­der­ful time of the year.

How do we em­brace all that is sin­cere and mean­ing­ful about Christ­mas with­out get­ting swept up in the vul­gar con­sumerism which it en­cour­ages?

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