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KWasser 04-26-2013 12:13 PM

Some thoughts on "The Holidays" (or the lack thereof, right now).
 
It's late April, and we've entered that part of year where Holiday/Seasonal festivities are at their lowpoint. I'm not talking about Christmas alone - it feels like we have a parade of Holidays starting with Halloween and ending with Easter. Yeah, we've got Father's Day and Mother's Day coming up, but those are not tied to seasonal change, and Memorial Day is a somber event, not a reason for festivities. So the next "colorful" holiday is the 4th of July.

So it used to feel like the holidays were done from late Spring until early Fall. I mean, when you say the words "The Holidays", people generally think of the end of the year stuff (like Christmas). Now granted, I've come to think of the 4th of July (followed by "Christmas in July") as kicking off the 2nd half of the year, so I welcome the 4th of July with open arms. Another milestone passes when we hit Labor Day (which truly kicks off the Fall festivities, and Fall and Christmas decorations usually start arriving in stores).

But from late April till about mid June, it's kind of hard to feel the Christmas Spirit (or maybe just the Holiday spirit). Winter is gone, and the hot weather is on the rise (though not yet - today's a little chilly, admittedly - but it's a beautiful Spring rain) so that can throw off the last vestige of Christmas (for me, anyway). We actually got down our summer decorations out of the attic the other day - but that meant putting up the last of the Christmas decorations up in the attic (which was sad). Sorry, I'm probably rambling.

Thankfully, I know it doesn't last long. Hobby Lobby actually starts putting out their Christmas and Fall decorations in mid June - I believe they are first when it comes to doing that, so I look forward to that, and I know the 2nd half of the year will be kicking off before you know it!

Does anyone else feel like from Halloween to Easter is one long train of Holidays, and doesn't it feel strange when it's over?

XmasDreams 04-26-2013 12:42 PM

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Originally Posted by KWasser (Post 518616)
It's late April, and we've entered that part of year where Holiday/Seasonal festivities are at their lowpoint. I'm not talking about Christmas alone - it feels like we have a parade of Holidays starting with Halloween and ending with Easter. Yeah, we've got Father's Day and Mother's Day coming up, but those are not tied to seasonal change, and Memorial Day is a somber event, not a reason for festivities. So the next "colorful" holiday is the 4th of July.

So it used to feel like the holidays were done from late Spring until early Fall. I mean, when you say the words "The Holidays", people generally think of the end of the year stuff (like Christmas). Now granted, I've come to think of the 4th of July (followed by "Christmas in July") as kicking off the 2nd half of the year, so I welcome the 4th of July with open arms. Another milestone passes when we hit Labor Day (which truly kicks off the Fall festivities, and Fall and Christmas decorations usually start arriving in stores).

But from late April till about mid June, it's kind of hard to feel the Christmas Spirit (or maybe just the Holiday spirit). Winter is gone, and the hot weather is on the rise (though not yet - today's a little chilly, admittedly - but it's a beautiful Spring rain) so that can throw off the last vestige of Christmas (for me, anyway). We actually got down our summer decorations out of the attic the other day - but that meant putting up the last of the Christmas decorations up in the attic (which was sad). Sorry, I'm probably rambling.

Thankfully, I know it doesn't last long. Hobby Lobby actually starts putting out their Christmas and Fall decorations in mid June - I believe they are first when it comes to doing that, so I look forward to that, and I know the 2nd half of the year will be kicking off before you know it!

Does anyone else feel like from Halloween to Easter is one long train of Holidays, and doesn't it feel strange when it's over?



No not alone in how you feel about the dry period as I've always called it. Those months from Easter till fall is a drag plus that is the hot months. As one of those guys that cant stand the heat would rather it be cool or cold for my liking. Summer to me would be perfect if it was high of 75.

now what i like to do to help out the dry period is make my own mini holidays for the wife and me and now baby. we tend to call it pre-halloween and have a weekend full of spooky tricks and stuff. mid june we have a thanksgiving and here comes Christmas in July to Finnish off the time.

MerryCarey 04-26-2013 01:16 PM

This is probably unusual, but I get a kick out of the "patriotic season"---Memorial Day, Flag Day, and the Fourth of July. (Probably because my birthday is July 4th. cheesy ) I like to stock my MP3 player with Sousa marches and patriotic tunes toward the end of May as I look forward to the Fourth. Also unusual for MMCers, I enjoy the summertime. I feel a drag between New Year's Day and Easter, and after July 4th, it feels like the summer is going downhill. Now that I've adopted Christmas in July, I don't get that post-Fourth letdown so much!

George Broderick, Jr. 04-27-2013 08:59 AM

"Halloween In May"... it's my new thing... a companion to "Christmas In July"... let's start a trend! And I don't even like Halloween!

Plus, EVERYDAY should be Thanksgiving...

Lastly, for a cartoonist like me, there's "Free Comic Book Day"... the first Saturday in May where you can go to almost any comic book shop in America and get at least one free comic book!

trackrebel 04-27-2013 12:21 PM

that is a very, very cool day!!!!...the free comic book day I mean....

I also enjoy the hot season, cos I love to be outsides, play and bbq and stuff....it would be terrible if the Winter season didnīt have those holidays :D.....even tho I like the cold...I think it has to do with Christmas and me being used to it being in the cold :D

Minta 04-29-2013 11:09 AM

I LOVE the holidays .. especially Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas but I also look forward to this time of the year. For me summer brings the trips to the shore, cook outs and trips to the local orchards and farm stands. I love to make jams so now is the time I am busy making my plans of what fruits we will be picking this summer, how much will be picked, what will be frozen and what will be used to make jams, applesauce and apple butter. The jams and applebutter will be canned, 2/3 of them will fill our pantry while the rest will be given out as gifts at Christmas.

Yuletide Junkie 04-29-2013 11:47 AM

The post new year's through Easter period is so busy, I don't have time to miss holidays. Besides that, Summer is a holiday in the Upper Midwest filled with all manner of weekend festivals. As much as I look forward to the Christmas season building up from July 24th, it is always a little sad to say goodbye to the glorious warm weather.

judesmama 04-29-2013 12:41 PM

I like to use this time of year for preparation.. try out new recipes, stalk the sales and get started on gifts!

Christmas-A-Holic 04-29-2013 04:08 PM

I am kind of like MerryCarey but more focused on the 4th of July as my kick off toward the season because after that is Christmas in July!

October arrives and the thoughts of Halloween moving on into Thanksgiving then Christmas! Really exciting time then!

whitney37354 04-30-2013 08:08 AM

On Halloween I always say, "Let the crazy begin!". Family really wants to be with you all of Navember & December & there is alway so much else going on too. We have family birthdays in January & March, Easter usually in April, more birthdays in June & July. School starts back the first week of August, so we are busy with that. Family birthdays in September, October, & December, alon with Halloween, Thanksgiving, & Christmas. I guess February, April, & July are the "slow" months for our family, but April has flown this year!

I listen to Chistmas music in the car year round when I'm alone


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