Debating the right time to Deck the Halls with Christmas music
“I’m ready for Christmas music,” one of us would say.
“Me, too,” the other would reply.
Then we’d sigh in unison. Because our families had other ideas—they were content to keep the Christmas music in the vault until at least the day after Thanksgiving. Oh, the struggle.
I know what you’re thinking: how does Beth manage?
Very carefully, I tell ya. No holly jolly on the drives to school in the mornings, no sleigh bells ringing on the rides home. And heaven forbid that we tune in a Christmas movie. It was as if they thought by filling the house with the sounds of Christmas for an extra few weeks, we’d somehow get tired of all that peace on earth, good will to men.
All this isn’t to say we obliged in full, mind you. We’d strategically sneak a few of our favorite CDs into our tote bags and pop them into the CD player as soon as the kids hopped out of the car. We’d switch the radio station as soon as we saw them coming to the car. And we’d blast the season’s best every minute we had the house to ourselves.
Until one day, I’d had enough. I started slowly, working in a few Christmas tunes when the kids came down for dinner.
‘Hey, Mom. Is that Christmas music we hear?”
“Hmm. I guess it is! I hadn’t noticed.” (cough)
They were on to me, but I didn't mind. Apparently, they didn't either.
These last few years, I’ve found that Christmas music fills our home much sooner than ever before—and typically beginning the day after Halloween— and is met with little resistance these days. Although it’s just Colton and me, I think we both enjoy the sense of serenity and joy and hope our favorite songs of the season offer.
What about you? Is your house filled with Christmas cheer? Or will you be playing the role of Scrooge for a few more week? I’d love to know! So I created a super fun survey, which will take less than a minute to fill out. Chime in here and tell the world exactly where you stand. We'll review the results next week! Until then, have yourself a merry little… week. 🙂
P.S. Here's that link!