I really love Christmas.
Everyone who knows me knows that I love Christmas. I love the decorations, the lights, the music, the whole package, and for some reason I never tire of any of it. It makes sense that I would want to extend that love for as long as I can.
Because I can.
I have a really, really good fake tree (it cost me $600), and so I don’t have to worry about leaving a dry fire hazard in my living room just because I want to take a trip for a couple of days. And it looks great anywhere I put it. I also put a lot of lights on it (About 1500), so you can actually read off of it from the couch, so just think of it as a really cool lamp.
Because I need a place to put the presents I bought all year.
Yes, I’m one of those people who buys gifts all year, whenever I find a deal or something special that my loved ones will fall at my feet to receive. Often I won’t be able to go back and get the gift later, either because the sale won’t happen again or it’s a special piece at a festival where I will never see the artist again. The problem is that when the holidays come around I often forget where I hid the gifts, because I stashed them in a hundred places, in drawers or closets, even behind the washing machine. If I can just wrap them and store them under the tree, problem solved!
Because Jesus would want me to.
Jesus was all about peace and love towards your fellow man. Christmas is all about peace and love for your fellow man. I’m sure Jesus would want me to spread that message as long as possible.
It’s a decorating style.
It’s like shabby chic or the country look, or chrome and glass, or old brick. Some people actually decorate their houses with geese or rabbits or pigs, so is it really a far cry to replace them with snowmen and reindeer? I think not.
I’m freeing up space in storage for more wine.
By taking out the holiday items early, I’m actually being a better host by providing a place to hold a bigger variety of beverages to serve my friends when they come over.
Because advertising tells me it’s okay.
Let’s face it, holiday advertising generally starts well before Halloween, so by putting up the tree after that frightful day, I’m actually behind the curve. Everyone accepts that there’s going to be Christmas ads early, so why chastise me for giving in and beginning my crass commercialism early?
I’m working on keeping the tree up even longer.
I tell my partner someone once said that we should keep the spirit of Christmas in our hearts all year long, and it’s only a short throw from in our hearts to in our living room. I’m not sure she’s buying it.
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