So the Christmas Season is now upon us. It used to be nothing Christmasy appeared in stores until the last bit of turkey had been consumed on Thanksgiving Day, but things have changed over the years.
Walmart in our town had Christmas trees up before Halloween. Ads for Black Friday and Christmas gifts appeared on the internet not long after. A Season that was once a few weeks is now a few months.
Is that good or bad? Personally, I would prefer to go back to a shorter time period. I find by the time Christmas Day actually arrives I really don’t care anymore. Just get it over with sort of feeling.
Since I write historical romance and historical cozy mystery, my characters celebrate Christmas in an entirely different way. Lots of fun, games, food, company and dancing.
The emphasis was not on presents and spending money as much as it is today. It was more centered on enjoying the Christmastide Season, which was from Chrirstmas Eve until January 5th. That’s when the celebration took place. Hence the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Now for those of us suffering from Christmas Fatigue, by Christmas Day we’re done. Kind of sad, actually. Too much emphasis on presents and not so much on the actual celebration.