I started putting up our Christmas/Solstice village the day after Halloween.*
And I’m not alone in this. The Boston Globe has reported on this phenomenon all across our region—and, I’d suspect, more widely across the country, too.
So many people started decorating for Christmas on the Sunday after Halloween — before the foam tombstones had been respectfully packed away —that Nov. 1 has rightfully turned into the kick-off to Christmas this year.
And I don’t blame us.
I don’t know about you, but as far as the view from inside my skull goes, things are looking pretty damn grim right now. COVID cases are on the rise everywhere, restrictions are having to be re-engaged, field hospitals are needing to re-open, and things are very likely to get worse before they get better.
Meanwhile, most everyone I know and love is having to plan for some sort of reduced Thanksgiving celebration. College/grad school students can’t go home to spend the holiday with their parents. Families or groups of friends that usually get together won’t be able to.
For Mr. Mezzo and me, the day itself will be pretty typical. We always do Thanksgiving Day itself pretty quiet, with dinner just for us two. But most years, there is some bigger potluck gathering later that weekend. Sometimes we’ve hosted, sometimes we’ve been the guests, but none of that will be happening in 2020.
I consider this holiday season to be a sacrifice and an investment in future holidays with the people that I love.
But if one of my ways of treating myself in the midst of these hard-but-necessary choices is by getting the decorations out early and building my holiday playlist on the iPod?
I am more than good with that.
Like I said to a friend when I declared my intention to start decorating so exceptionally early:
2020, baby. Screw the rules and take your joy where you can find it.
* And yes, there should probably be a whole OTHER post about how a self-respecting witch like me can justify loving Christmas as much as I do. But I don’t feel like having to defend myself today.
** And I am, quite literally, appalled at the 38% of folks planning to ignore reality and do T-day like they always have. It’s selfish jerks like you who are making this so awful for all of America.
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