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Time Take Christmas Decor Down

01/01/2013

photo-29It’s New Year’s day. A day of football, recovery from partying and TIME TO TAKE CHRISTMAS DECOR DOWN!

Christmas is a lovely holiday. Filled with tremendous Christian meaning it is a magical time of beautiful things and feelings.

The commerce of Christmas is staggering. In 2011 the total holiday spending during the months of November and December was $563 billion! 2012 spending, once all totaled, is expected to increase a modest 4.1% – but it’s still a big deal.

Decorating for Christmas is a big deal in many American homes. This year the average American will spend $47 to deck the halls. Last year that worked out to about $6 billion on inflatable Santa’s and other decorations.

Everything’s relative, though. Americans collectively spent nearly $7 billion on Halloween, though that includes candy and costumes, rather than just decorations. The Halloween spirit—as measured by consumer spending—has actually been rising much faster than that of the winter holidays. Total spending on Halloween has more than doubled since 2005.

Putting the numbers aside let’s get serious about holiday decorating. Once we’ve gotten past Christmas day and most definitely to New Year’s day – its high time to take the lights and the inflatable Santa down. Take your cue from the retailers who’ve replaced their Christmas decor departments with Valentine’s Day stuff. If any one knows the value of pacing one’s holidays – it’s retailers, right? Right!

So at the risk of pushing the “Grinchy-ness” window I’ll come right out and say it. Take the Christmas decor down now! Especially if you have one of those embarrassing Rudolf noses on the grill of your vehicle. You’ll thank me in February.

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  1. 01/01/2013 8:20 am

    As a Catholic woman I have to say I disagree with you and with the sentiment that New Year’s day marks the time to take Christmas decor including the tree down. Growing up my mother always kept the tree up until Epiphany – the feast of the Three Kings. You see as Americans we think the Christmas season ends on Christmas Day, but by the church calendar it begins on Christmas day. Everything before Christmas is Advent and the infamous 12 Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day! If we took the emphasis off the Rudolf part of Christmas and kept the focus on celebrating the mystery of God becoming one of us then we wouldn’t be so concerned about ending the season. We would want to linger in the glow of his light…

    • 01/01/2013 10:00 am

      I agree with you from the Christian perspective. Unfortunately there’s little about inflatable Santa’s, LED lights on the house and Rudolph noses on cars that has anything to do with the true meaning of Christmas.

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