Right now I feel like complaining a little bit about something that's been on my mind recently... and since it's my blog I can :)
It's been bugging me lately, all the reactions I've overheard or read about people starting to celebrate Christmas. Everyone has their opinions and I hear about it every year actually.
Here's my opinion.... Don't worry about what others are doing.
As for me, I usually tell myself to wait until after Thanksgiving, like I hear a lot of people agree one should do, and what my parents had us do when we were younger, but every year I start listening to Christmas music sometime in November. I love the feelings I get that come with the spirit of Christmas. I love drawing nearer to my Savior and being reminded of Christ's life. I feel like once Christmas is over the feelings somehow seem to fade quickly, but I think if I celebrate a little earlier those feelings will last a little longer.
I still celebrate Thanksgiving during the month of November. In fact, you may have noticed that on my sidebar is a list of things I'm thankful for and I've been writing a new one each day. Also, I usually spend the week of Thanksgiving celebrating a little more by thinking about why we celebrate, watching the TV version of Trains, Planes, and Automobiles, and eating LOTS of food. :) I love that Thanksgiving is probably one of the least commercialized (big) holidays we celebrate; that most of us celebrate by being thankful and with family.
I can understand frustrations about seeing holiday decorations up really early in the stores, though. I happen to find it exciting and annoying at the same time. But what someone does inside their home is a different story to me. I say, if they want to enjoy the season longer, just let them... even if they happen to decide to not remember Thanksgiving the same way you might. At the same time, those who are enjoying the season earlier should be considerate of those who are not.
I guess it's a little silly for me on one hand to be annoyed and complain about this and then on the other hand tell people to deal with their annoyances and not complain to other people... but yeah. I guess my hope is that we can all be more understanding of both points of view and eliminate the complaints.