It is almost Halloween. Scary, isn’t it? Time still creeps by, even in a pandemic.
And if it’s Halloween with all the tricks and treats, you know that it’s almost Christmas somewhere.
Now I know there are some strong opinions on Christmas and timing, too. Since everything seems controversial this year, let’s add this to the mix. We each probably land somewhere different on when is too soon for Christmas or not soon enough.
Some of you (us) are already turning our thoughts toward Christmas. You know who you are. This post is specifically for you, Christmas people. I am interested in your timeline and how you are doing in this pandemic year with setting your expectations accordingly.
First of all, how do you rate yourself as a Christmas fan? On a scale of 1-10. A “1” would be someone who appreciates usually getting the day off, but that’s about it. You might be a “10” if:
- Your home, once decorated, looks like Hallmark used it as a set for one of their Christmas movies.
- You go to Disneyland (if you are local) multiple times during the season (years when it is open – boo, hoo).
- You have multiple Christmas items of clothing in your wardrobe.
- You start listening to holiday music, well, already.
- You are a professional when it comes to shopping for gifts and love it all – purchase to pretty packaging for delivery day. You may be done already. Or maybe you’re one who makes gifts for everyone on your list. I think that is meaningful, but definitely shows a higher level or ambition and organization.
- You quite possibly stress out with all the demands and busy days of the season – on purpose, filling every free moment on your calendar, and then collapsing satisfied or let down shortly after the big day. And just before putting away the decorations.
- Your expectations are high for the best Christmas ever – every year.
- You send Christmas cards early and every year.
- And what else?
- For any of you who qualifies as a “10,” you probably do not have time to read this post, even now.
- For those of us who observe, and love, the ambitious “10’s” around us, what did I forget that should be on the list?
Like I mentioned, I am interested in your traditions and how you are doing this year in light of the pandemic guidelines and how that impacts our mood. Hopefully, we can still enjoy the season in many ways. Please share!
- When do you normally begin to honor Christmas? Does this year feel different?
- Have you already begun to watch Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas movie series? Or do you plan to wait on that?
- Have you been to Home Depot to check out the tree display? Or other retail displays of decorations?
- When do you usually start listening to holiday tunes? What do you think about this year?
- When do you decorate? What are your traditions with decorating? Will this year be any different?
I’m not feeling the momentum yet that sweetly builds from Halloween through the next two months and settles back down quietly by New Year’s Day. I typically make myself wait until after Halloween to begin listening to Christmas holiday music. My parents laid down that law when I was growing up. This year I don’t think I’ll be in the mood for the music that early. I do have election fatigue, pandemic fatigue, and conspiracy theory fatigue. That can stifle the mood, but I predict I’ll bounce back, possible later than usual.
I go back and forth as a mid-range fan of Christmas fun. Lately, I am a “5,” average fan of Christmas who loves it, enjoys it, but keeps the calendar as open as possible and has toned down the decorating to quite minimal. I’m not into the gift part. In the past, I was more of a “7” or “8.” Going to Disneyland, if it were open, is part of the holiday magic for me. I also plan to watch a Hallmark Christmas movie. Or many. But not yet.
I have another post on Christmas 2020 coming soon, but for now, if you are a Christmas enthusiast early bird, I hope you’ll share your perspective in a comment.
Stay cheerful, my friends.
P.S. For a quick look at Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas: Are you a Hallmark fan at Christmas?
Are you a Hallmark fan at Christmas?