Friday, November 25, 2016

'Tis the Season...?

Lots of folks bemoan the early arrival of the "official" holiday season each year.  I have a feeling a lot of that is based on the fact that we take our holiday cues largely from commercial entities...which, yeah, are often worth bemoaning.  I dislike the way Thanksgiving has largely become a countdown to great deals.  (And I dislike the way my attempts to ignore that aspect of it mean that I'm probably missing out on great deals.)

However...I do love me some holiday cheer and holiday traditions...and it's never too early for those, right?  Laura and I spent our Thanksgiving evening decorating for Christmas...up went the (artificial) tree, the stockings for all of the four-legged Linnemans, the garland over every window and picture frame, and the ridiculous lights on the front of the house.

And...that most sacred of Linneman holiday traditions...the playing of The Nightmare Before Christmas!  If I ever need to be reminded to just smile and enjoy the simple magic to be found this time of year...there's this...!


  1. I am one of those people who doesn't like to start any sort of Christmas thinking before the first of December, but even by my rules, The Nightmare Before Christmas is acceptable any time from Halloween onwards.

    1. It really does bridge the gap, doesn't it? (Also, I can definitely respect keeping Christmas boundaries. In Helen, GA...a ridiculous tourist destination in the mountains near here...there is/was this Christmas shop that my family used to visit when I was a kid. When we were there in July, it was always like, "Awesome! Christmas!" But I eventually realized that for the folks who worked there, the trappings of the season probably had little to no meaning anymore...)