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When is it too early to put up Christmas decorations?

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The Big Box stores start to put out Christmas decorations, it now seems, soon after the Fourth of July. That is crazy.

This isn’t a farm-specific blog post, but I figure the question applies to most families, including those in farming. When is too early to put up Christmas decorations?

Yeah, there are plenty bigger and more important questions to ask in this world, and certainly better ones to ponder. But …

I have a neighbor down the way that annually sets up a holiday light show that would seem excessive even to a Las Vegas showgirl, fal lal lal lal lal lal lal lal laing his property up enough to make Clark Griswold blink twice. (If you don’t know Griswold, do yourself a favor and see the movie “Christmas Vacation,” part of the National Lampoons Vacation series of films starring Chevy Chase.) To accomplish his feat of luminescence, the neighbor starts hauling holiday stuff out to his yard the second week in November if not before, way before Thanksgiving Day, which was the day I thought marked the transition to Christmas ambience audacity. But not anymore.

The Big Box stores start to put out Christmas decorations, it now seems, soon after the Fourth of July. That is crazy. Certainly, all of the big stores have Christmas décor readily out by the end of September, a lot of it crammed next to the smaller Halloween décor, which again is just plain crazy.

Now, I’m no Griswold, but over the last 10 years or so I’ve “accumulated” a sizeable stash of outdoor holiday ridiculousness. I store it all in the attic. And each year, as I eyeball that attic door, I can’t believe it is already time to squeeze up there and haul the stuff down. Really seems like I just hauled it up there and it is scary just how fast a year sails by when you are doing things other than thinking about how fast a year can sail by.

But the wife and our boy like the added Christmas cheer, and to be honest so do I. And look forward to the pretty lights, the holiday hooray boldly blinding us all the rest of the year. So, guess I’ll be climbing up in the attic sooner rather than later. I was just trying to buy more time by asking the question above, buying more time before I made that attic climb. But I got my answer: You climb into the attic when the wife says it’s time to climb into the attic.

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