Yes, I'm just going to say it.
No sense in hiding it.
I don't care that everyone will think differently of me.
I just can't contain it anymore.
I am that person who celebrates Christmas before the first real snow.
To everyone's horror, I began putting up Christmas decorations on November 12 this year.
But who can blame me? After all, it's the most wonderful time of the year!
Normally, I wait until the day after Thanksgiving because it is our family tradition. But normally, we also cut down our Christmas tree on the day following Thanksgiving, and it is typically still up until February. This year, everything has changed. My parents decided to get an artificial tree instead due to my cat's Christmas tree-eating tendencies.
Now that I am out of the house, I have taken ownership of my life. I can now celebrate Christmas for two whole months.
In all actuality, my mom also decided to start gathering her Christmas decorations during the same week that I did. We have both broken the sacred tradition.
I'm ready to make candy, bake homemade Chex Mix, wrap presents, listen to Christmas music, watch holiday movies, and decorate already!
I have an entire playlist ready for Christmas, and I listen to it every time I get into my car.
I have also decorated nearly half of my apartment already, and I have zero shame.
So what's with the stigma of forcing Christmas into just 25 short days? Do people have something against Christmas in November?
Excuse me, Disney World celebrates Christmas from the first week of November until midway through January!
I guess some people don't have as much holiday cheer as I do.
I would rather have 45 days of Christmas than a measly 25! Christmas is a time of celebration. It's the time to remember that Jesus Christ came to this Earth, born as a human child. It's a time for family, friends, and food.
But the most important part of Christmas is Jesus' birth, after all.
I know that Christmas is more commercialized than simply celebrating the birth of Christ, but I'm so thankful that I get to celebrate all of Christmas as a whole. The gift-giving, the merriment, and the humbling miracle that is our Savior.
I shouldn't have to stoop to other peoples' lack of enthusiasm for Christmas just because they don't like that I celebrate it for two months straight. I'm not conforming. I will celebrate Christmas for as long as I desire.
I just happen to get to spread the joy of Christmas a little bit longer than most people do!