I realise I'm a lot nearer my sell-by-date than most of those within my social networking circle and (perhaps, as a consequence) some of my thinking might be considered somewhat old-fashioned. That said, so long as I can see a reason for the introduction of 'new' ideas, I'm quite happy to go along with most of them.
Recently, however, there is something which I'm finding difficult to understand; and that is that several people (often 'celebrities') are revealing on Twitter that, almost a month before the actual event, they have already put up their Christmas decorations . Now, in case anyone imagines I'm a bit of a Scrooge, here's evidence to suggest otherwise (I'm the one in a hat, BTW)......
I recognise that commercialisation (and, in particular, TV advertising) has had a part to play in extending the period over which Christmas is 'celebrated' these days; however, when my own children were little, I didn't erect the tree and put up the decorations until the boys had gone to bed on Christmas Eve. As a consequence, the joy they experienced on the following morning was far greater (and appropriate) than might be the case had the decorations been there for 'ages'.
To conclude, I can accept that many could feel that waiting that long might seem extreme (and a little too late) but pandering to the whims of commercially motivated money-grabbers is not something for which I'm likely to be accused.