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Christmas comes but once a year

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“Christmas comes but once a year”, they say.  It seems more often than that, mind you, with Christmas decorations appearing in shops at least a couple months before the holiday season begins.

There’s a garden centre near where I lived as a child.  It wasn’t very exciting – particularly when you’re eight years old and more interested in more immediate thrills than watching a plant slowly grow and flower over several months.   The garden centre did have one thing going for it, however, and that was its Christmas displays.

Every year, half of this shop would be decked out with flashing fairy lights, twinkling tinsel and singing Santa toys; Christmas songs filled the air as children looked on with awe and wonder. 

The displays were eye-popping, and even adults loved them.  What adults did not like, though, was just how early the decorations appeared for sale in the shop.  As early as August the first signs of the Christmas products would appear on the shelves and, by mid-September, enthusiastic children would be so excited as they thought Christmas was only a few days away.  Exasperated parents desperately tried to explain that Christmas Day was still several months away.

I cannot say that I like seeing the Christmas decorations out so early but it is difficult to blame shops for displaying Christmas stock as early as possible.  They do have to make a profit, in order to keep the business going and to provide people with jobs but, at the same, I always wonder how many people actually buy Christmas decorations in the middle of September.  I suppose somebody must, or they wouldn’t put them on sale.

As I say, I cannot blame the shops but, some ten days ago, I noticed that one of my neighbours, here in Colombia, has Christmas lights in the window.  The next day I looked a little more carefully, only to realise that a fully-decorated tree stands behind that window. By the middle of November, some fifteen houses in my street were fully decorated for Christmas. 

Why do private houses need their Christmas decorations up already?  It looks very strange in November and I feel that the longer the Christmas period seems to last, the less special it becomes.  Would Christmas not be more exciting if it were only part of our lives in December?


Do you think people put up their Christmas decorations too early? Would Christmas be more exciting if it were only part of our lives in December?


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lowlaw 22 December, 2017 - 13:36

Well here in Egypt we dont have something called christmas .. may be the place where i live but i only know about it from the internet .. i love seeing the people celebrate the christmas but i ve not tried before to celebrate myself .. if only i was in britain i would celebrate it!!! The british traditions are eye-popping to see and to colive wigh then !!

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lvvrv_pxxr 22 December, 2015 - 10:08

yes, we always celebrate Christmas with my family, I decorate my house with parents, we celebrate New Year at my uncle's home with family.

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vano1771 3 December, 2013 - 16:48

I think people want to save on decorations in October and November because decorations cheaper at that time and people waste money if they buy decorations in December

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sailor moon 30 November, 2013 - 20:13

yes i think they put up the decorations too early. but they are too smart because in december the decorations are more expensive, while in november or october they are cheaper. Did you understand what i mean ??? :) :) :) The english men are too smart !!!

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Harabeli Supersweet 27 November, 2013 - 13:35

People don't put up Christmas decorations too early in my country. We decorate Christmas trees on December, 6. Shops start to sell decorations a month before Christmas. I think that Christmas should be part of everyday of our lives, the cheerful atmosphere and funny movies should be present in any time.

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Klein 21 November, 2013 - 20:50

I think some people pick up their Christmas decorations too early. But don't think that Christmas would be more exciting if it were only part of our lives in December.

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Lavender 20 November, 2013 - 22:53

I think the shops decorate not only for Christmas but also to get customer's attention so they could possibly sell more products. That's why they can't wait to put up Christmas decorations even if it is in the November.

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