I say short…. I have no idea how long this will be! But it’s on the subject of Christmas. The date is the 29th of November. There’s a key bit there: November. Not December. November. We link different months with different things. I personally link September as the month where my very long summer holiday ends. And society links December with Christmas. At the beginning of advent, the 1st of December, we begin to get in the Christmas mood. Christmas is almost upon us. We start panicking about all the people we still need to buy presents for. We debate in our minds whether said people will like their present. None of that really happens in November. It’s true that the more organized people will have already bought presents, but they won’t really be in the Christmas mood yet.
So WHY do people put up Christmas decorations everywhere! I went to a café on the 21st of November. It was covered in Christmas bunting and other festive things. Haloween and Christmas are merging! You can buy Haloween things and Christmas things in supermarkets at the same time, even though haloween in the UK is on October 31 and advents starts on December the 1st. It ridiculous.
There’s another key date inbetween: November the 11th. The guns fell silent on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. And every year since, we remember. And yet, our mind can be stolen from such solemn remembrance by the sight of bunting for sale….half price!!!! It’s ridiculous. Christmas trees up on the 25th November…….why? Can’t they wait?
We dedicate the month of December to the celebration of Christmas. To the celebration of Jesus’ birth. And okay you can argue what’s wrong with celebrating his birth for a longer period of time? Well you wouldn’t find a Christmas tree in a church before advent would you. The most holy of places sticks to tradition and celebrates for the set period.
Perhaps I’ve got carried away. Perhaps society is evolving. I’m sure the CEO of Waitrose could give me various statistics about consumers and the Christmas market as to why they sell Christmas things so early. I’m sure there’s a perfectly good reason. But I think it’s sad that Christmas time is overlapping with a period when we remember those who have been killed whilst serving their country.