Monday was Halloween, and there were costumes, candy, and spooky decorations all over town. On Tuesday morning, I woke up and went outside. Halloween was over and gone. The only trace of Halloween remained in a bowl on my kitchen table and in my yard. Every sign of Halloween vanished from my neighborhood by 10 am. What in the world happened during those ten hours? Is everyone in the neighborhood outside at 12:01 taking down the Halloween decorations and having a block party without me? It’s like you aren’t festive if you don’t have your house decorated for Halloween, but you are just plain creepy if your decorations are still up when the sun rises on November 1. Plus, you walk into a store the morning of November 1, and Halloween has already been discarded into the discount bin and replaced by Christmas. It’s not just here either. My favorite Youtuber lives in London and witnessed the same phenomenon. He went to bed on Halloween night and then walked down the street for milk the next morning only to find that all the store windows had transformed into scenes of Christmas overnight.
I finished taking down the Halloween decorations today. Two days after Halloween because I am a rebel like that. If I waited much longer, the town might try to accuse me of withcraft. It is Mississippi, after all. Maybe that’s why everyone is so anxious to get their Christmas decorations up in the South. Are they trying to atone for the fact that they celebrated Halloween at all? Christmas is not showing up in this house until December. We still need to get through another holiday – Thanksgiving! I’ll start listening to Christmas music soon (NO NUTCRACKER!), but I am in no hurry to give up my pumpkins, autumn leaves, and pumpkin spice everything. I intend to soak up every last sip of autumn for the next 28 days. It’s my favorite season!
One of the things I do like about November is that people keep a daily gratitude journal leading up to Thanksgiving. I think it helps to remind us of the blessings in our lives and get in the right mindset for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you’ve never done this, I encourage you to give it a try. I’m going to be posting a Thankful Thursday series leading up to Thanksgiving Day where I talk about one thing in the last week for which I am particularly thankful.
When do you start decorating for Christmas? Are you a person who is anxious to start the day after Halloween or do you like to linger in autumn a little longer?