Hey! Grinch! Get off of my cloud!
Monday, January 12, 2015 9 Comments
© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Now that Christmas is behind us, back to business!
I have gotten a few comments from folks who have missed my grumpy side – happy to oblige.
So here’s what’s caught in my craw as today progresses – taking down all the Christmas decorations happens WAY too soon.
It’s just plain ole’ depressing to walk down the street and see still-green tree corpses kicked to the curb before Twelfth Night! When they start hitting the streets before NEW YEARS I simply want to fall down next to them and weep.
Whatever happened to AFTERGLOW?
I mean, even if you are one of the lucky ones with a staff of elves to give you plenty of time before Christmas to drive around and see all the pretty decorations and visit all your friends to see what they’ve put together, are you really that eager to jump up and shower immediately afterwards?
As for the rest of us, if we don’t have time to see the sights while we’re busy getting ready for our own celebrations, we can pretty much forget about it until we try again next year.
Live and let live?
I suppose I could live with the idea that many folks want to take down their Christmas decorations before New Years, but what frosts my grapes is the attitude of the early denuders toward those of us who don’t want to rush the removal.
They are so snide – and so VOCAL – about the fact that the entire world doesn’t share their particular preference for getting rid of all evidence that Christmas exists practically the moment the last present is opened.
Who put the Grinches in charge of the timing?
What’s HAPPENING with our planet these days?
There is so much about our world that is, shall we say, less than uplifting. Why would anybody campaign to remove the small bit of cheer that manages to survive?
Not that I let what Grinches prefer change what I decide to do one iota – I simply don’t want to have to tolerate their “superior” attitude and their make-wrong.
Can’t they tut-tut-tut in private?
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And now they are invoking LAWS?
The town of Little Falls actually sent a man a legal notice BEFORE Christmas, telling him that he had until December 26th to remove his decorations – by LAW! (Seriously. Check out the link to that particular story in the related contents.)
It seems that he is violating a city ordinance about the number of “signs” allowed on private lawns – an ordinance that I’m fairly certain was never meant to apply to Christmas decorations. They aren’t exactly signs.
Talk about black and white thinking!
When asked by a local news agency for a comment, the Mayor went mum. Outgoing Mayer Catherine Van Risseghem told KSTP she had two weeks left on her term and that she is over the sign issue and would prefer not to talk about it.
With only two weeks left on her term, she certainly could have ridden out on a more charitable note – and intervened on the man’s behalf to give him another measly week.
- Decorations staying up until New Years aren’t too far out of line, are they?
- Many would campaign for the day after Twelfth Night.
At the very least, she could have offered the comment
that perhaps the law had been too zealously applied.
I actually feel a bit sorry for the woman – I doubt she’ll be allowed to forget that little lapse in judgment anytime soon. I wouldn’t be surprised to find her made fun of in a skit on Saturday Night Live – and wouldn’t you just LOVE to see how they’d do it?
Thank Heavens for ADDers!
This is my favorite demonstration of how much the world needs us to add a bit of levity: most of us couldn’t get our decorations down immediately if our lives depended upon it. We’ll be doing great to get them all put away by EASTER!
In fact, I’m going to take a stand here and REFUSE to take mine down before Easter (and if you believe that flimsy excuse for what always happens anyway, I’ve got some land in Florida I’d be happy to sell you too!)
Let’s hear it from YOU
AT LEAST ten pages return when you Google “when to take the decorations down” – so let’s add our comments to the stack. Here’s your chance to make YOUR opinion count on this vital issue that seems to be on everybody’s mind.
- What’s your take on the subject?
- Does it make you grumpy when others decide to do it some other way?
- Has anybody (besides me) ever left a tree up for an entire YEAR?
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