On Consumerist Angels and the Right Time for Christmas

Nov 9 2011

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but that Nordstrom place is classy. Elegant. Chic. Tasteful. Refined. Take your pick of synonyms; it is one sophisticated spot, ladies and gents.

Nordstrom’s all over the news right now for their “One Holiday At A Time” campaign. See, they don’t decorate for Christmas until… you’ll never believe it… Christmas time! That’s right, folks. You won’t see Nordstrom hanging up so much as an ornament ’til the day after Thanksgiving, just the way God intended.

Nordstrom’s fighting the good fight.

This whole jumping the gun thing has been a problem for a long, long time, though, y’all.

I’m almost positive there were some eager, consumerist angels who wanted a head start on announcing the Christ-child’s birth.  They were all, “Come on, God!  You promised we get to freak out some grungy shepherds, and we wanna go now.”  And God was all, “Patience, guys.  Do you see this egg timer?  I’m setting it.  When it dings, we go.  ‘Til then, you SHUSH.”

That’s pretty much how it happened.

Also, God totally waited to light up the Bethlehem Star ’til the day after Thanksgiving.

Need more convincing on the Right and the Wrong time to start Christmas? Alrighty, then. You asked for it.  Just imagine the chaos… imagine the sheer pandemonium… if we tried to give thanks and celebrate the birth of Jesus at the same time. There would be turmoil, people. Anarchy!

Thanksgiving plus Jesus’ birth? That’s crazy talk.  And Nordstrom is better than that.

But I’m not.

My life is already Chaos plus Pandemonium.  It’s Chandemonium.  And we throw in a little Turmoil here and there to spice up the soup. (True, we’re light on the Anarchy, but she nods to me at the grocery store which is nice.  I feel like Anarchy and I are at least casual friends.)

So, even though there’s a right way to do things and a wrong way to do things… and even though Right and Wrong are absolute concepts important for maintaining social order… and even though everyone (like God and Nordstrom) knows you can’t put up a Christmas tree until the day after Thanksgiving… and even though it’s SO not cool…

… our tree went up the day after Halloween.

And not just because the fastest way to get me to do something is to tell me I can’t or I shouldn’t. (It’s like an itch that I Just. Must. Scratch.) Nope. That’s not the reason at all.

It’s because of these little guys…

… and because of the other little folks in our house who aren’t as little as they used to be.

It’s because childhood is short. And Christmas should be longer.

And it’s because joy is a choice.

Our tree is in the process of being decorated.  We’re filling it this month with all of the things for which we’re thankful.  Which is a lovely way to misuse a Christmas tree.

I guess that makes it our Thanksgiving and Christmas tree.

Our Thanksgistmas Tree?

Nah.

It’s our Christgiving Tree.

‘Cause that’s how we roll.  One Christgiving Holiday at a time.