PreThanksigiving Grinch

They already have their Christmas lights up. Wrong. It’s just wrong.

I’m sure they are perfectly nice and lovely people. But the issue is, at the time of this writing, it’s well before Thanksgiving and they’re pushing Christmas on the neighborhood before it’s time. Maybe they are “those neighbors” who flaunt and are in some competition to be the best-est and most-est, first-est.

Infact, they probably have a fully flocked Christmas tree up and decorated and they are those people that make their dog wear those reindeer antlers. Oh the shame!

It’s not that I’m crabby about the Christmas lights – in-fact I’m rather fond of lights…but those people are not following the rules. And I firmly believe in following rules. While I’m not litigious by any means (especially when it comes to “religion”) I do believe rules are the things that help us all get along.

For example. Take traffic rules. Have you ever been somewhere—let’s say India—where traffic rules are nonexistent? I personally havn’t – but I do know what life looks like without traffic rules (thanks to YouTube).

The disaster really hits at about 1:20.  SEE! Rules are good. REAL good.

I used to live in a neighborhood that had HOA (Home Owner Association) rules for everything. We couldn’t plant pine or palm trees and owners were cited when trash cans stayed street side beyond 24-hours after collection day. We couldn’t fly flags year round (Tibetans could have a legal field day over this) and Christmas lights could only be displayed on or after Thanksgiving and no longer than two weeks after Christmas. While the whole bit about tree specie mandating was overkill, I appreciated most all other rules that some found absurd.

Rules maintain order and harmony.

Fall is by far my favorite time of year. I embrace Halloween and Thanksgiving, they are due their fair share of holiday display allotment. I love the trees in their glorious showy colors. I’m soothed with the wind in my hair, fall debris crunching under foot, and the crisp air that bites my fading tan cheeks. And each year I get a little more bent with Christmas being pushed onto me before it’s proper time. Be it in the stores or in my neighbor’s front yard. Maybe I’m getting old (I am) and starting my decent into grinchy-grouchy.

Or maybe it isn’t just my imagination—maybe Christmas really is taking over the fall season. And there is little I can do about it, and little I can vent because Christians get the willies whenever anyone speaks anything angsty or against celebrating the season of their Lord’s earthly birth. 

(Don’t even get me started with the fact that Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th— {sigh), I really am getting old).

So my neighbors… what to do with their lack of respect for the fall season and Thanksgiving holiday?

I suppose this is when I need to dig deep in my pockets for a scrap of lint coated grace.

I hope this holiday season unfolding into Christmas finds you with enough scraps of grace to embrace the spirit of the season with more joy and less grinch. Even when Clark Griswold lives next door to you.

Keep digging for grace people. Keep digging!

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2 thoughts on “PreThanksigiving Grinch

  1. I couldn’t find any Thanksgiving items four days before the holiday. That’s LAME! I agree with you and I like the holiday respect, one at a time. To each their own as I know there are folks passionate about the pre-Christmas activities before Thanksgiving, but I feel the same way as you. 🙂

  2. I had my lights up before Christmas, but not turned on. Out here in the Midwest snow can come at Thanksgiving and then it too cold to put up the lights. It can be soo cold that it is April before I can take them down. So, maybe the people that have their lights up early are from the Midwest 🙂

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