** OFFICIAL THREAD - CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2008 **
After meeting great success at its initial launch at Christmas.Com during 2004 (1217 posts) then over 2,700 posts for 2005, our official countdown thread was imported to The Christmas Place in 2006 where it garnered 3,756 posts!
In late July of 2007, the thead made its appearance in this forum. Despite a late start, it still attracted 1,956 posts.
Well, here we are ready to go again, at the start of 2008.
A word of explanation. We are running a dual countdown in this thread - one for Christmas Day and one for the start of the Christmas Season (November 13). Most of us have agreed that we look forward to the entire Christmas Season rather than just to Christmas Day.
Why November 13? No reason, really. It just seems about the right time to regard the season as arriving. It is exactly 6 weeks before Christmas Day and is about the time the country at large is beginning to get into the holiday spirit. Most of the stores have decorated. And starting the season then gives us exactly 50 days (Nov 13 through Jan 1) to enjoy being "within" the season.
We also like to note "milestones" along the way such as the 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 marks. At 90% complete, we launch the "home stretch" as we coast into the final days before the season begins.
Well, climb aboard, enjoy reading the posts, and follow the count, which begins today at 317 to the Season and 359 to Christmas Day.
(See the special leap year note at the end of this post.)
Here is a convenient list of our Season countdown milestone markers. For the equivalent figure to Christmas Day itself, just add 42 days to any date below.
January 17 = Day 300
February 12 = 1/4 mark
March 15 = 1/3 mark
April 27 = Day 200
May 15 = 1/2 mark
July 14 = 2/3 mark
August 05 = Day 100
August 14 = 3/4 mark
October 07 = 90% (The Home Stretch begins)
November 13 = THE SEASON ARRIVES!
**A brief note for those who appreciate precision.
Yes, 2008 is a leap year which slightly alters some of the milestone dates.
I did not re-calibrate the milestone marker chart since the change would only alter the 300 day marker by a single day and the percentage markers by a fraction of a day. The 200-day and 100-day markers would not change since they fall after Feb 29.
If I think about it, I will point out the change when the marker date in question arrives.
May the Calendar Keep Bringing Happy Holidays to You
Last edited by Crown 84; 12-31-2007 at 10:36 PM.
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I agree..let's start the countdown only 358 days to go. And of course I can't wait. In the meantime I will continue to take more decorations down today..but can't wait to decorate again next year. I am thinking I may start even earlier than I did this year. There never seems to be enough time. And I don't want to wait a month or so before Christmas. Anyhow...Happy New Year Everyone!
Crown organized the current countdown as we know it with milestones along the way to peak our interest!
The first countdown to appear at Christmas.com was in 2002 and was started by savingstar, so I guess this the sixth year for some of the old timers! This will be my fourth or fifth ride on the countdown!
I took everything down today- it is all packed up- all in the basement- place looks bare, but I know it wouldn't be special if I left it up year long! Hey- I am already looking ahead to the 17th and the first milestone.
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