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Is it Time to Play Grinch on Premature Ho-Ho-Ho?

Just getting over Halloween lights in September and the first lights of December holidays blazed on. In November. On Veteran's Day. When should we Scrooge on early holiday decor?

Perhaps I've been scarred in childhood. I have always loved the holidays, but right after Thanksgiving, my Dad used to threaten to hang a twinkling 'Bah Humbug' sign over our driveway.  

He was protesting all the costly spectacle, which I happen to love. But I was bummed on Monday to see holiday lights on Veteran's Day (see photo). I'm feeling a bit wistful for the  excitement of a short but thrilling holiday season, the kind where you anticipate the specialness of house lights and decorations.

Do we really need light strands at Rite-Aid in October and two weeks of Black Friday countdown? Is it not shopping as if it is an event?

What is the earliest you think house lights should blink on for winter holidays? Tell us in comments, and share any of your own "it's too early!" photos.

MarieSam Sanchez November 17, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I expect to see decor AFTER Thanksgiving. Anytime before then I'm too busy with Halloween, Veterans Day and trying to get my eyes adjusted to the darkness of 5 p.m.!!! But after turkey day, it's free reign to sprinkle everything in red and green :)
John Crandall November 17, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Frankly, I'm of two minds on early holiday decorations. Part of me only wants to see 'em during December, but the other part of me, (which sings Christmas songs throughout the year) is happy to see any reminder that the holidays are coming. What about you folks? Are the holidays coming too early?
Luis November 17, 2012 at 02:56 PM
After Thanksgiving. I also think we should consider even a later start especially if we think about climate change. Using less electricity during the holiday season can make a difference.

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