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Media Complaints of Christmas-Too-Long Beginning

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Much ado is made of Christmas too soon in America. Just as the Christmas-in-July signs come down from retailers the media begins a season they call “Christmas creep”, a three month period of whining about the presence of Christmas in the marketplace. There is a post-Christmas whine as well, though generally not as prolific. It is known as “Christmas crapping”, a period of time extending into spring when the media assails those who keep their decorations up too long.

Christmas has always been a long season. For many, the extension of the bright colors of red, green, gold and white of Christmas are merely a means of adding cheer to the frigid gray of winter. But in different countries Christmas is genuinely celebrated more in January than in December. Russia and Slavic countries celebrate Epiphany, Puerto Rico relishes the 12 Days of Christmas and in Norway they extend it up to 20 days.

Post Christmas in America has three stages: the post-Christmas sale, the post-Christmas blues, and post-Christmas crapping.

For many, kicking that dried out Christmas tree to the curb on December 26th is a practice made necessary for safety’s sake alone. But for some, stripping those decked halls of all evidence of Christmas is more of a signal that the new year is fresh and the weight loss season has begun (that ends on Super Bowl Sunday, TV rules the American observance of all holidays). Once those houses have been de-Christmasfied it is time to hit the stores to buy….more Christmas stuff at deep discounts.

Much of the media made note that the first Monday after the New Year is always the most depressing day of the year. The holidays are over, it’s cold, there are bills to pay and work to be done. This kicks in the post-Christmas blues — genuine regret that the fun and frivolity of the holidays are over. For some, the blues last as long as a day or two and for others it can extend weeks.

But things get really ugly when post-Christmas crapping begins. This part of the year round cycle of Christmas starts just as January as ending, as neighbors and maybe even “concerned” city councils look askance at those still displaying Christmas displays outside. Letters to the editor, newspaper opinion pieces and aired commentary at the end of local broadcast news will generally fill their dead space with expressions that “It’s time for Christmas to be put away.”

By Ground Hog’s day the critics are all claws and venom. The media by then will be openly disdainful of neighbor-on-neighbor rifts about Christmas stuff left up and out too long. For some, it may even end up in court. And the media gives a play-by-play of these events well past the month of March and into the Easter season.

Already a New Jersey media outlet is asking…when should those Christmas decorations come down?

Let the Christmas Crapping begin.



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Ricky Claus

I vote Christmas year-round.

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Santa Freeman

I second that emotion

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Santa Leonard

Our outside decorations come down Jan. 6,, many inside decorations stay up year 'round.  Particularly those that feature Santa Claus.

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KKringle

It is way to cold to remove our outdoor decorations right now. I don't care what people say. It is m property and they aren't lit after January 6th.  Inside, we take our time. We have 18 trees up. It gets done. A few stay up and we change the decorations for the season. Most of our favorite Santa figurines stay up year round. If I didn't dislike dusting so much..., I would keep it up year round. We do our best to keep Christmas in our Hearts not just at Christmas, but everyday in the year.

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Hogfather

Sadly, our decorations have been taken down, but we are planning the theme for this years Christmas. We will hopefully be in our new house should be finished July-August so exciting times ahead.

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Florida Kris Kringle

Is this the same media that gladly accepts Christmas advertising from all the retailers? Hmmmmm.....

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Santa Marty

Mine are all still up

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Santa Bruce Geron

I won't be taking down my house lights in -35 weather. As for inside, the tree will be up for another week and other decorations will remain up through the winter and change when they need to change. I have several Santas that remain through out the house. There is something to having pine and candle decorations up through the winter.

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SCSanta

Our tree and our outside lights/decorations all come down after January 6th...so, today :(  We do have winter decorations inside and out that stay up until Valentines day. 

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Santa Joel

I've taken down the lights and garlands around the windows and porch posts, unplugged all the cords, put the trees provided the school and church up and took down all the deco from Kathy's aunt's house. Today I will take down our Nativity cutouts and stable and move all the lighted wireframes to the back.

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Michael Rielly

We keep our tree and house decorations up until January 6. So long as the tree makes it that long. This year's tree is freaking me out. It's been up since December 8. Still drinking and no needles falling. Must be magic! :)

 

Our outside lights stay up (but turned off) until its warm enough for me to brave the elements and take them down. Occasionally I will flip them on just to piss off the neighbors. :D

 

We have candles in every window. All but one will come down this weekend. We have had one light in the center window on since September 12, 2001. That one never comes down.

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Santa Jim T

This is a good middle of the road clip that the media did this year out were we.   They briefly interviewed me and asked me that question.   Is Christmas to soon?  I commented its just the right time.   I am more saddened retail seems to spend more time on halloween then Thanksgiving .  Thanksgiving and Christmas are really what its all about.    Enjoy the video clip 

 

 

 

http://www.weau.com/home/headlines/Christmas-Creep-a-love-hate-relationship-232584311.html

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