Post # 1
Ok Bees brace yourselves.
It’s only September and where I live, they are starting to advertise Christmas ALREADY. This usually doesn’t start til October (which is still too early IMO). Now, before ya’ll go and start calling me a Grinch, I am just about THEE most Christmassy person I know. I die for the festive feeling, decorations, general merriment and celebration of our Lord Jesus Christ, BUT I don’t start feeling it until at LEAST late November/early December.
I live in New Zealand so we don’t really go all-out with Halloween like America does and we don’t have Thanksgiving, here. In fact, it’s coming into our spring right now, so we are all gearing up for better weather and the spring race season which is held in early November.
Dear Husband and I are going back to England to stay with his family for Christmas this year which I am psyched about because it feels SOO much more Christmassy in the northern hemisphere than it does here downunder, when our Christmas Days can get swelteringly hot, and admittedly, our local councils only half-ass it with the decorating. Shops tend to go all-out, but it’s just not the same. This is what I grew up with, of course, but now that I’ve spent a couple of Christmases in the UK, THAT to me feels like what Christmas is all about. Chilly weather, mulled wine, markets, fairy lights, wintry-looking trees–I could go on!
How about the rest of you? When does it start feeling like Christmas to you? What kind of Christmas are you used to? What will you be doing this year? Tell me all your stories! 😀
Post # 2
I noticed the same thing this year too! I just spent this weekend sending my youngest sibling off to university so all the shops had lots of student kitchen items etc on display and right next to it was Christmas stuff. Usually that starts after Halloween in the UK.
Chilly weather, mulled wine, markets, fairy lights, wintry-looking trees–I could go on!
Same. I am from the UK and I love visiting milder climates throughout the year but I don’t think I could spend Christmas somewhere warm.
Now that the weather is turning here I can’t wait for the first pot of home made mulled wine!
Post # 3
I’m in New Zealand and where are the Christmas shops? Don’t tell me the supermarkets have started already!!
My husband is British and I keep telling him I want to go to England for Christmas. I want a white Christmas. Not fake snow
Post # 4
UK (England) bee here and we very very rarely have snow at Christmas sadly! In fact the last couple of years have been super mild- we wrapped up in coats and hats to go for a country walk last year and nearly cooked! Maybe further north like Scotland? But generally the snow usually turns up January/February.
Some of the big department stores in London opened their Christmas decorations shops in August which I think is mad, though I did impulse buy 2 Christmas presents that I saw yesterday, incase they’re not available anymore come November.
Post # 5
honeslty I’d be happy with even cold weather. Christmas on the beach doesn’t do it for me. We actually eat Christmas lunch or dinner outside, have a turkey with potatoes and then there’s salad! It all feels so wrong 😊. It has never snowed in my city but in winter when I drive to the mountain I think oh this is how Christmas should be!
Post # 6
I use to be a grouch about not celebrating certain holidays until other ones had passed, but then I realized it was such a silly thing to get worked up over. Plus Thanksgiving to Christmas is not enough time to enjoy the Christmas spirit in my mind! (Nor do all my shopping…) If something brings someone joy and it doesn’t harm me or anyone else, then who am I to judge?
I haven’t seen any Christmas stuff here, but I have seen loads of Halloween things. I like to start thinking of gifts this time of year though to make it easier on my wallet.
EDIT: I realize this input is a little different since Thanksgiving is a US holiday for November, so maybe our country would do it a bit earlier if we didn’t have those others inbetween. I see Christmas decorations in stores around here probably starting around November 1st.
Post # 7
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I love winter and Christmas, so I get pretty excited when I start to see Christmas stuff no matter what time of year it is. But it doesn’t really feel like Christmas is legit on the way until the weather changes (I live in Chicago). The day after Thanksgiving in the US is open season for Christmas stuff in my book, lol.
Post # 8
I saw some Halloween stuff the other day (UK) but for me Christmas doesn’t really get going until after bonfire night.
I LOVE christmas, especially now that I have a little boy. I am due my second in January so this will be my third christmas on maternity leave for December and my second one heavily pregnant (my son was born Jan 2017) I go all out with Christmas. The tree goes up on the first weekend in Dec, then we all have a christmas outfit to wear to various fairs and plays. I bake loads of mince pies and cakes for family. I always put out a mince pie and glass of wine for Father Christmas and a carrot for the reindeer. My son has a lovely stocking my mum made for him (she made us similar ones when we were little, I still have mine) Presents on christmas morning, then full on christmas lunch then watch the Queen and finally a little walk before Doctor Who lol.
Post # 9
Yeah, a Christmas aisle has popped up in all the stores where I am, too. The issue I have with premature Christmas celebration is that by the time Christmas Day actually comes, I’m sick and tired of it! 3 whole months of Christmas is far too much for me, lol. Anytime there’s at least 2 major holidays between another holiday, means it’s too early to start breaking out that decor. Nov 1st is a fine time to start getting into the Christmas Spirit, imo (as long as the tree doesn’t go up until AFTER Thanksgiving!)
Post # 10
Halloween kicks off Aug 1st. Christmas begins Oct 15th. Christmas decor and tree go up Nov 1st.
You can tell me no differently.
Post # 11
I’m a decorator-aholic so any holiday is an excuse to go all out, I do “Fall” themed (which is Thanksgiving and Halloween all in one, I have decor I rotate out) and then the nanosecond Thanksgiving meal is over with, I am pulling out Christmas stuff.
This year I’m unsure how it’ll pan out because I’m pregnant and due on Thanksgiving day, so we’ll see– I may be on the couch barking orders at DH on how to decorate the tree but it’s definitely going to happen!
Post # 12
In Germany I’ve already spotted gingerbread and other Christmas sweets in supermarkets. Generally, I’m pretty excited about Christmas, too, but I’m not really into decorating etc, so it doesn’t show. I do start planning Christmas around this time though because I need to make sure I know my mum’s and sister’s plans, so I can coordinate with my fiancé and his family. I usually get the presents really early to not stress out when it’s December. I’m really looking forward to autumn kicking in properly (still far too warm here) and then I’ll start thinking about Christmas for real.
Post # 13
I haven’t seen any Christmas stuff but Halloween was marketed weeks ago. I personally hate Halloween, and can’t wait for October to end, but I love the fall themed stuff with leaves and pumpkins and harvest type decor. And pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. I don’t go all out for Christmas, but it’s really the only holiday I decorate for. We put the tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving and it stays up until New Years, unless I’m sick of it, and it gets packed up sooner. After the presents are opened and it’s bare under the tree, it’s a big let down for me so I usually put it away after a couple days. I saw an IG post that it’s 99 days til Christmas and got freaked out! I gotta start shopping! Lol. Yes, I’m one of those people that’s done by the first week in December. I love wrapping gifts so they are under the tre as long as possible because it’s so pretty and festive!
We live in Louisiana so it’ll be kinda sorta cold, but don’t expect snow. From Indiana originally so it’s definitely different!!!
Post # 14
Christmas stuff goes up in our house the weekend after Halloween. I’ve already been getting excited. DH and I love Christmas, it’s also our anniversary. I grew up in New England, so we had beautiful white Christmases, we live in Florida now, and I can agree that it really isn’t the same. I also hate that as an adult I have to work everyday except the day itself, it really keeps me out of the spirit.
Post # 15
I absolutely love Christmas, but yes it is way too early!! We put up our tree on December 1. Our rule is no Christmas music or decorations until December.
“Chilly weather, mulled wine, markets, fairy lights, wintry-looking trees–I could go on!”
We got engaged in London last December and this was the exact atmosphere. Went to one of those outdoor bars in the London bridge area and got spiked hot chocolates, and then he proposed. So magical!