October 28, 2011 by Kristen
No, I’m not talking about meeting someone and marrying them approximately five seconds later. Though that topic warrants its own post. I’d like to discuss something even more near and dear to my heart. It’s going to get real.
How soon is too soon for Christmas music?
I find that there are very divided camps on this controversial issue.
1. Christmas in July, please.
I used to fall into this category. I adore Christmas. Everything about it is magical–I will do anything to extend the celebration for as long as possible. For many years of my life I was in The Glory of Christmas, one of the coolest ministries I’ve ever been been involved with. Practices started in August–meaning that’s when the Christmas season started for me.
Side story: When I was in this play, I once had the role of “flying angel,” meaning I was hooked up to a harness and literally “flew.”(I was more like “ghost of Christmas past” than ethereal being, but I got to wear a truck load of glitter–pretty much a dream come true.) Once I got flown out backward—and no amount of glitter could make up for that embarrassment. I blame “Stunt Jesus with a Kung-fu Grip”–one of my “flyers” who doubled as Jesus. No one better to trust your life with, right?
You’re welcome for that anecdote.
2. After Oct. 31st.
This is where I now reside. I don’t want to overdo it. I still have to wait in the most sincere pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin and not dress up in a skanky Halloween costume. Ah, who am I kidding? I just downloaded the new Michael Buble Christmas album two days ago. Christmas playlist created two weeks ago. I’m listening to Matt Wertz’s Snow Globe as I write this post.
3. Not until the day after Thanksgiving.
Let Thanksgiving get the recognition it deserves, gosh! These people get really touchy about this issue. They say the rest of us listen too soon and make it not as “special.” Psh. A proverbial Grinch to my Cindy Lou Who.
4. People who don’t put up a tree until Christmas Eve.
What is wrong with you?! That bad boy goes up the day after Thanksgiving in my humble abode. I lie beneath it, gazing up at the twinkly lights, thinking pretty thoughts of snowflakes on eyelashes and holding mitten-clad hands while ice skating. (How sentimental am I?) I also use the NORAD Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve and watch ABC Family Christmas movies. These are true stories. Real life practices.
So where do you stand? Are you “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” already? Or is it a “Silent Night” until the month of December?