The Thanksgiving Vs. Christmas Debate by Syndi Powell
Years ago, my dad worked in retail where they started piping Christmas music into the store soon after Halloween. This brought about an edict in our household: no Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. This later changed to no Christmas until the day of Thanksgiving so my mom could use her holiday china for the big meal and play Christmas carols during dinner.
This year, at a minute after midnight on November 1st, one of the Detroit radio stations changed their music format to all Christmas music which will play through New Year's Eve. We've seen posts on Facebook about some people decorating early while others protest the infringement of Christmas on Thanksgiving. I also have a friend who keeps up her Halloween decorations until Thanksgiving because she loves them so much.
So when is it time to bring out the holiday paraphernalia? Do you and your families have a set rule about when it's time?
Most years, I waited until Black Friday to put up the Christmas tree and get the decorations out. Usually, that was because I had the day off so I had the time to get everything done that day. However, since I've been working the last six years on that day, I've done it as early as Veteran's Day (when the bank was closed so I knew I'd be off) and as late as the two weeks before Christmas.
To be honest, I don't think there's a rule that says when we can decorate or even if we are required to. It's all about personal preference, and if you're like me, having the time to do it. And don't get me started about Black Friday starting on Thanksgiving.
So when do you start bringing out your Christmas decorations?