Tilly Bud wrote a post about her plans for blogging in December (which you can read here) and there then followed a bit of a discussion in the Comments section about when people start Christmas. At work today there was also a discussion along similar lines when the Head teacher said he was off to buy the school Christmas tree this afternoon.
Although I have sometimes done some Christmas shopping earlier, I don’t like to hear Christmas music, or see Christmas trees until the 1st of December, which I think is quite early enough. I hate going into shops in October (and sometimes even in September!) and seeing the decorations up. On December 1st I will hang up our advent calendar (a tapestry one I made for the first Christmas after we got married and which you hang a little gift on for each day) and get out my Christmas mugs, glasses, plates, teapot, tea-towels, put some Christmas CDs in the car and play Christmas music in the house. The decorations and tree don’t usually go up until the weekend before Christmas – any earlier than that and I feel I’ll have got bored with them.
I love Christmas – but only in December!
So… when do you start Christmas?