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This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 by Frances Ryan.
Tags: scotland, olden days, homeland, happy, giggles, friends, food, family, expat, drawings, celebrations, america

As I write this post, people are counting down to Christmas. Really. I mean, it’s not even Thanksgiving and they’re already counting down to Christmas. And I have to say, it makes me a little sad.

I remember when I was a kid and the month of October was dedicated to Halloween. Then in November, we went full-on Thanksgiving. And then—the day after Thanksgiving—it would be time to think about Christmas. Back then (in my memories, at least) we didn’t get Christmas shoved down our throats in the lead-up to Halloween. Maybe—maybe—some places would start in on Christmas before Thanksgiving, but it wasn’t a given.

But now it seems that the Christmas season starts in October, and that just seems crazy to me.

Here’s what I would like to propose: At the start of October, you can start getting (publically) excited about Halloween. You can start decorating a week (maybe two weeks) before Halloween. Then, after you’ve cleared away your Halloween decorations, you can start to get ready for Thanksgiving. And then, after Thanksgiving is over, Christmas preparations can begin.

Now, I understand that people who need to travel great distances need to make plans and arrangements for the next holiday before the current one is over, and that’s OK. And it’s OK to do menu planning and even extend invitations early, if needed. But let’s keep it at that, shall we?

I just feel like we’re so busy thinking about the next big thing that we’re forgetting to take time to enjoy the current big thing.

So, I will not be planning for Christmas until after Thanksgiving is done—which for me is Saturday this year, since it’s not a Scottish holiday so I’ve had to plan dinner around the weekend so that my friends could attend. But come Sunday, I will be in full-on Christmas mode. Well, not too full-on since that is Paul’s birthday and he (not growing up with Thanksgiving) always felt that Christmas needed to wait until after his birthday.

And that means that I am counting down until Thanksgiving right now—not Christmas. After all, Thanksgiving in my favourite holiday of the year. It’s a time for people to reflect on the things they are thankful for in this world—family, friends, good health, and a plentiful harvest.

This year, I will celebrate Thanksgiving on Saturday with a small group of Scottish friends. It may not be a holiday of much meaning to them, and they may not be counting down with the same excitement as I am, but I’m so very thankful to have people to share my favourite holiday with. And hopefully, they’ll learn to like my favourite holiday, too. After all, who doesn’t enjoy an opportunity to be thankful?

And if you’re counting—it’s only three more sleeps until [my] Thanksgiving dinner!

Comments

yay, turkey and yams and olives and pumpkin pie and much much more. What’s not to like!!!

by Rebecca at 5:40am (GMT) on November 24th, 2011

Yay for those things, yes. But—Yikes!!—I really need to get some shopping in today and tomorrow or it will be curry take-away come Saturday!!

by Just Frances at 1:45pm (GMT) on November 24th, 2011

Here it is Saturday, and we’re still in Thanksgiving mode.  We even have Indian corn and a couple colorful gourds to take up to the cemetery for a bit of decor.  And, our third Thanksgiving meal will be this afternoon!  My contribution this time?  Fudge…chocolate and butterscotch.

Maybe some of the Christmas decorations will come out on either Sunday or Monday…

by Mom at 2:36am (GMT) on November 27th, 2011

I feel the same way about the holidays being shoved down our throats too soon!! Just yesterday, I put up some of the Christmas lights you gave me-I twisted a strand of green and red together and hung them over the living room window facing west. It is surely a cheery sight to see. Over the next few weeks I will put up more lights, but no tree til Carson comes home so we can all go pick it together.

by Ant Elizabeth at 12:42am (GMT) on November 29th, 2011

I hope you enjoyed your multi-Thanksgiving celebrations! Happy Christmas decorating! (I have decided if I will decorate this year.)

by Just Frances at 1:55pm (GMT) on November 29th, 2011

I do like Christmas lights—And I’m glad the ones I gave you are getting some use! I haven’t decided what I’ll do for Christmas decorations this year (if anything) but I certainly won’t do a proper tree. Too much hassle when I plan to be gone for a couple of weeks to England. Plus, I’m on the 4th floor and don’t fancy hauling a tree all the way up those stairs!!

by Just Frances at 1:57pm (GMT) on November 29th, 2011

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