Almost Christmas, But Not Quite

The Christmas season begins the day after Thanksgiving, people.

At the McGee house, we don’t pull out our Christmas movies, Christmas CD’s or Christmas decorations until then. There’s no “Christmas in July,” no Rudolph or Frosty allowed before then. Our kids get upset sometimes. Occasionally, they want an “Elf” fix mid-year, and we refuse. Break their little pasta and syrup loving hearts.

Why? Are we Grinches whose hearts need to grow? Scrooges who need to be visited by the Ghost of Christmas All-Year-Long?

No way. We love Christmas! Everything about it. Love that this holiday is rooted in celebrating our Savior, who we worship all year long. I love that classic songs are played on the radio. I love that old movies are played on TV. I love that people are kinder during Christmas, schools take two weeks off during Christmas. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

But I also love that we have to wait for it. We anticipate it. Long for it. I am itching to listen to my Harry Connick, Jr. Christmas CD right now. And I could. It would be easy. It’s just three more days. What does it matter? But then what? I let the kids watch “Elf” in the summer? It’s a slippery slope, folks. A slippery slope.

So I will stand my ground. Harry is staying in the CD holder until Friday. Elf is locked away in his case. They will have their time, and it will be wonderful. But it isn’t time yet. In an age where we do what we want when we want, when we get annoyed at having to wait five whole minutes in line at Chick-Fil-A, I say wait. Enjoy it. Savor it. Feel the pain of craving “White Christmas” and don’t give in. Not yet. Just say no.

We will celebrate with gingerbread men, hot cocoa, and a claymation film festival on Friday 🙂




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