According to the info under my name, I last visited MyMerryChristmas.com on 11/11/13. Yeah, that sounds about right. Sorry for not stopping by anymore after that, but it seems that when the holidays actually get here, I don't actually spend time on here, I'm too busy preparing for and enjoying the holidays! I find this website is here to help me get through the rest of the year (from mid-January thru mid-November).
Anyway, a brief look back on my holidays:
KGBX, my local Christmas music station, switched over to all Christmas music permanently for the season on Nov. 11th (they were just teasing with periodic Christmas music before that). That's still the earliest they've gone "All Christmas" in quite some time, so I was rather please. They play the secular Christmas music, for the most part, but the local Christian station (88.3 "The Wind") went all Christmas a few days before Thanksgiving as well, if I recall right (which is early for them as well). I enjoyed "The Wind's" selection much greater, and found myself tuning in to them more often.
Knowing full well that Thanksgiving was coming late this last year (on Nov. 28th), we set up Christmas decorations the weekend of November 15th (the earliest my wife and I have ever done so). I hung up the outdoor lights that Saturday, and I was fine with being the first one to put up my lights, but as the weeks dragged on, I was surprised to see I was the only one putting up Christmas lights outdoors on my block. In other parts of town, I saw lights going up periodically, but it seems most people (especially on my block) waited till AFTER Thanksgiving to put out their outdoor lights. That meant less time spent driving around the local town looking at Christmas lights.
But the local city park that puts up Christmas lights did put up their lights November 22nd, and we went and drove through the park that opening night, and it was magical.
Some quick thoughts on Christmas TV: I enjoyed the classic commercials being broadcast again: The Campbell's soup Snowman, the M&M's meeting Santa, the bell ringing Hershey kisses. Nice to see all of those back! Having said that, not enough original "new" commercials this year. The "Santa selling Toyota" (or whatever line of vehicles that is) line of commercials only had one new commercial this year, and it was a bit of a disappointment.
Thanksgiving Day and December were a blur, so I won't go into details here. Moving on to the end of the season: I saw my parents taking down their Christmas tree and Christmas lights THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS!! I called them Scrooges, but Dad said with bad weather coming in, it was best to take them down today. He was right about the weather: the next day, we got hit was cold and snow. Still, I insisted that I was going to wait till the first weekend of January to take down my lights (that's when I usually do it). Besides, that round of snow only lasted a couple of days and melted pretty quick.
On the inside of our house, my 2 year old son actually knocked over our Christmas Tree on Sunday, December 28th. With ornaments all over the floor, we took that as a sign that it was time to take down the Christmas tree!
Anyway, January 1st arrives, and it's a holiday of course, so I have the day off, and I start hearing weather forecasts: we're about to get hit with another blizzard that night, and could be snowed in for the next few days. I turn to my wife and say "Uhh, maybe I won't wait till the weekend to take down the lights". So I got out there and took down the Christmas lights on January 1st, the earliest I've done so in years.
So yeah, it kind of felt like Christmas wrapped up a bit early this year...but then again, we've had more snow this December/January then we've had in YEARS! So that's been kind of nice.
And that's pretty much been my life the last two months...