Too much of a good thing

Early Christmas stinks. There I said it.

For me personally, it diminishes the magic of the season when we force it to drag on so long by starting too early. Nevertheless, we are powerless to prevent the shopping season from sprawling across the calendar.

In Canada, we have an unspoken rule against celebrating Christmas before Remembrance Day – at least that used to be the case. However, over the past few years this seems to have gone out the window.

I am a child of the 1960s – the tail end of the baby boomer generation. The Christmas of my memory was a purer, much less commercial holiday than it is now. I remember decorating the tree, visiting relatives, eating cookies, and fondly watching some of my favourite Christmastime TV fare: How the Grinch Store Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas were new to the air waves.

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