Is it me or did Christmas come early this year?
Traditionally, the Christmas decorating doesn’t start until after Thanksgiving—for many families, it’s part of a ritual weekend that kicks off the holiday season. Thursday—Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. Friday—shopping! Saturday—put up the Christmas tree.
Yet this year people got a jump on the holiday.
Last week, during my nightly evening walk, I passed a house with their Christmas tree lit and visible through a big bay window. It was a beautiful tree, covered in twinkling white lights and topped with a star.
Pretty, I thought, but an earlier outlier. It was still over a week to Thanksgiving.
I was wrong.
Two houses down, I saw another tree through the window. Then I passed a manager scene set up on a front lawn. Outdoor lights were everywhere.
Did I have my days mixed up? Did I miss Thanksgiving?
It was confirmed that I didn’t when I passed a house with a huge blow up sleigh and reindeer lit in the front yard. The house across the street still had their Halloween decorations up. Another house had a tree in the window but pumpkins and a cornucopia on the front stoop.
It wasn’t me. Christmas had come early.
Just about every other house had some sort of Christmas decoration up either inside or outside the house.
I too had the urge to put my tree up earlier than usual. Normally, I’m lackadaisical about this project, sometimes skipping it altogether. Thanksgiving weekend I start thinking about the tree, and sometimes get it up promptly, other times waiting until a week or two before Christmas.
But this year I had the urge to put it up in early November, despite the uncommonly warm, sunny weather that didn’t make it look a bit like Christmas.
I put my tree up yesterday, and when I went for my evening walk yesterday, about three-quarters of the houses were decorated. In fact, I’d bet that everyone who plans to decorate has done it already.
There’s something in the air.
I think it’s hope.