I'm talking about this on BBC Breakfast tomorrow and it's got me thinking: does Christmas start too early? Or is it sensible to get on and spread the expenditure over a longer period? Does it make it less special or does it extend the specialness?
I love Christmas - we have great family Christmases and I love the way it's a festival of warmth, light and happiness in the darkest time of the year, but I do think October is a wee bit early to break out the tinsel. What do you think? Apparently I'm going to be debating this with a guy who thinks you can never have too much of a good thing, ie Christmas, and that it should go on all year.
It`s the Easter Eggs in the shops that are causing confusion!!!
Being serious, I like the idea that some countries have of starting Christmas about two weeks before the 25th. December. That way people get the `buzz` without getting bored, and children see it as special.
and I, too, have wonderful memories of family Christmases in the country. As I grew up the magic of Christmas stayed with me, and I can remember the excitement I felt when my children were little - I entered into Christmas with a vengeance.
Then, some years ago now, it all seemed to go a little sour - Christmas became even more of a commercially-oriented festival than ever before, and the shops started milking it for all they were worth, aided and abetted by the commercial TV channels. The whole thing turned into something dreadful for me, and now I can't contemplate Christmas without a sense of misgiving. I know I'll see sickly, commercialised Christmas TV programs, hear Christmas songs on the radio, read heart-rending stories about children who are not getting any presents for one reason or another - the list goes on.
I believe that large numbers of people feel the same way, they look upon Christmas as a stressful time, and (like me) they're glad when it's all over.
I don't have a religious bone in my body, but I feel sorry for those who do - a major Christian festival has been ruined in the name of commerce.
I have a slight personal thing about Christmas starting too early: my birthday is at the beginning of December and I get very grumpy if anyone around me starts getting too over-excited about Christmas: I don't want my birthday swamped in Christmas stuff. *grump*