I was recently reading a fellow Clever Cookie School of Bog student’s post about finding Christmas things in the stores, which made me think about a few pictures that I snapped with my phone at the beginning of September.
I know there has been lots written about the Christmas creep – how it seems to move further and further into the fall, almost into the summer. I don’t intend to rehash that now. But. It makes me sad.
And it leaves me torn.
Because I kind of really wanted to buy a few of those Christmas decorations. Especially these guys:
I could have bought all three of them and started a Beach Santa collection, which I think would be perfect considering that we live 6 blocks from the beach. I found these guys at Tuesday Morning, so I know that since I didn’t buy them in September, they certainly won’t be there now.
It’s a relief, I suppose. I’ve been wondering lately about all of the things I own, and if we decided that we need to start looking for a place to live, I will be wondering (& resenting) the things that I’m hanging on to but aren’t using.
I didn’t the Beach Santas at that point for several reasons, the first of which was I just can’t bring myself to contribute to Christmas Creep. And two because I am pretty sure that I have enough stuff. Do I need the Beach Santas? Nope. Do I want them? Yes. Or at least I did when I was in the store. And I know where I would put them if they made their way into the house. But I don’t really need them.
The same goes for this Christmas tree made of faux coral and sea shells. I kinda really want it. But. But. Do I need more things? No. No I do not. Although, I think I’ll be making myself a driftwood Christmas tree…and if I can find a reasonably priced oyster shell Christmas tree, I think I’ll get one of those too. I’ve been dying for those two things for a few years now. So. Perhaps there are limits to my desire to rid myself of the things that weigh me down.
While I cannot yet begin buying the things that mark Christmas, I do know that I need to get going on Christmas pressies. Sweet Husband and I have decided it will be a small Christmas, handmade for the most part. And that is fine with me. I’m cool with a hand-made Christmas. I just gotta get going on it.
What are you seeing in the stores with regard to the holidays? Has Christmas hopped right over Thanksgiving where you live?