so, here's the deal. our tree is up. we put it up last night.
normally, i wait til after thanksgiving to put it up but that is clear at the end of november and it has always bugged me to wait that long because by the first of the year i'm full into cleaning and sorting and gearing up for a new year so i need my tree to be down. i always wish we had been able to enjoy it longer in the lead up to christmas but, i never put it up before thanksgiving because that is what we did in my home when i was a kid.
but, i have these friends here who decorate really early. the talk started a couple of weeks ago. out came the boxes the other night and up went one of their trees and a few lights. i kept feeling like i wanted to put mine up but couldn't because it wasn't thanksgiving yet !
but then i got to thinkin'. i live in a country where christmas is in the middle of the summer. a country where you don't cook a turkey and sit in front of a fire, but rather, take a bucket of prawns down to the beach and try to stay cool. a country where thanksgiving isn't even a holiday ! i know, i know ... we still celebrate it with friends who are american or who just love celebrating being thankful, but still ...
and then i got to thinkin' even further that my parents, from whom the don't put your tree up til after thanksgiving thing started, don't even put up a tree at all anymore !!!
so really, nothing about christmas is how it 'should' be for me anyway so why NOT put our tree up now and enjoy it for a couple of months ?? the conclusion i've come to is this ... while i'm in this country ... celebrating christmas in SUMMERTIME, i will feel free to put our tree up WHENEVER ! if ever we live in AMERICA again, i will revert back to the old tradition of after thanksgiving ...