Christmas TogetherWe're here year round and even though we are scattered all over the world and most of us have never met face-to-face we find ways to celebrate the season together. From our annual Christmas exchanges to scheduled chats our Christmasing together is discussed here.
I think you are talking about that "in the zone feeling" -- that you are caught up in the excitement and magic of Christmas -- and it is outside of you too.
I don't know what does that for me. I have to mail lots of packages to faraway relatives. Some years, I have them wrapped and mailed in the week of Thanksgiving - even before the day itself. I have done lots of wrapping of pretty packages by then. Listening to music and watching Christmas shows. But, I am not really "in the mood" by then.
I think that having the Christmas tree decorated is really big for me. I am going to try to get it up earlier this year - by the day after Thanksgiving. I'll see if that does it.
Of course, I turn on the outside lights on Thanksgiving night. That is really big for me and does make me very happy!
I start being public with my Christmas spirit right after Thanksgiving sometime. The real holiday starts sometime in December for me though, because that's usually when you can find a Christmas movie on some channel almost every night. The decorations usually come down sometime after the new year.
I start thinking about it all the way back in late August, sometimes picking up a few small gifts to go ahead and put away. But for me, Christmas season officially starts at the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade when Santa Claus rolls in. We decorate the day/weekend after that, and the Christmas music and movies are constant
We take our decorations down after the New Year, though I hate doing it It makes me feel so sad that I have to wait so long to put them back up and revel in that glory all over again!
I get right into the Christmas spirit starting November 1st! That is when the Christmas music/movies start. The decorations go up the day after Thanksgiving (though I usually put my little pink tree up in my craft room well before that). We take the decorations down a few days after New Years, but I do get a little depressed on Christmas night--and January is the worst!
Musically speaking, Christmas doesn’t really personally kick in until the first full weekend immediately proceeding Christmas Day. That’s when all of my favorite radio shows air their annual Christmas music shows. Most will start mixing Christmas after Thanksgiving as well. Then the week of Christmas, Alabama Public Radio joins most other public radio stations in airing several choral shows, often including ‘Handel’s Messiah.’ I must have well over a thousand hours of Christmas radio show recordings!
‘Blues Before Sunrise’ (BBS) illustrates this personal tradition above the others. This year will mark the eighteenth year that I will listen to Steve Cushing’s annual Christmas show. Back in my midnight shift years, BBS really ushered in the season with these great tunes! Though most of the time I now record and listen later, I have been known to stay up and listen all by my lonesome from midnight to five am.
It just doesn’t seem like Christmas unless I hear all my programs! Some of us here have been known to have listening parties in the chat room during some of these shows! Hopefully we will again this year.
There is a thread in the music forum about upcoming Christmas radio programming.
Johnor - there is definitely let-down in January! for one thing - there are almost NO parties around here during January. The weather has gotten "old" and it is going to stay that way for a long time. Of course -- money! High utility bills!!!
I bet we can come up with some ideas on this board - for ways to make us all feel better in January.
For me, it officially starts the day after Thanksgiving. As for when it ends.....I like to go with the Epiphany, usually around January 6th. I have a little Christmas out in my computer room. Nothing that's too obvious but I love my reminder.
A Beary Merry Christmas to all!