Posted Online: Nov. 09, 2012, 1:15 pm

Doesn't Christmas still come in December?

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By Alix Kunkle

Christmas is Dec. 25, correct?

Because it sure seems like everyone thinks Christmas is next week.

Already, I'm seeing Christmas trees, Christmas lights, Christmas decorations -- everything Christmas is already donning yards and streets across America.

This was Nov. 1.

Last time I checked, the next "holiday" (and I use that term loosely, because my definition of a holiday and the government's definition are two different things) was Election Day.

Did we forget about Thanksgiving? There was also that little holiday called Halloween that I think some people forgot about as well.

It wouldn't surprise me if a few people have forgotten about Veterans Day as well, because they're too busy decorating their yards.

I'm not against decorating the yard and Christmas tree to show your holiday spirit. I encourage it. I used to enjoy driving around and seeing what Christmas light displays people set up at their houses.

But the Christmas season is like a sugar high.

When you're at your peak, the Christmas season is the most exciting time of the year. But when you crash, you crash hard. And you go from Santa Claus to Ebenezer Scrooge. And that crash comes earlier and earlier each year for most people. And yet we still feel the urge to set up our Christmas decorations earlier and earlier. Sorry, but I can only listen to Christmas music for so long before it gets annoying (and some songs, like that hippopotamus song, I can't stand at all).

I do understand that Thanksgiving isn't a decorating holiday. That's fine, but that still doesn't give you an excuse to just go decorate for Christmas in October. Santa Claus isn't watching from the North Pole and putting you down on his naughty list if you wsit until Black Friday to put up your Christmas decorations.

It's OK. Resist the urge.I personally believe that the Thanksgiving season doesn't begin until Halloween is over, and likewise, the Christmas season doesn't begin until Thanksgiving is over. But then again, I think you've figured out that I'm pretty old-fashioned, with my desire to write things by hand or to read a physical book rather than look at it on a Kindle or something. And I'm OK with that.
Alix Kunkle is the news editor of the Leesville Daily Leader in Leesville, La.; news@leesvilledailyleader