It's Still Christmas!

As I'm writing this, I'm listening to Google Play Music's Pop Christmas playlist, and eating the leftover Christmas cookies I baked with my family a month ago. (Don't worry. I put them in the freezer to keep them fresh, and nothing ever goes bad in the freezer!)

My Christmas tree is still up, and it will be for as long as I can allow it--until Tyler gets so sick of it he just starts taking it down, or until Chewie knocks it down with his butt while playing fetch.

I don't believe Christmas is a day--it's a season. It starts toward the end of fall and ends halfway through winter. Christmas should take up 25% of the year, just like summer does. Especially because summer in Chicago is humid and gross, and Christmas in Chicago is gorgeous. Just like any other season, Christmas lasts three months--November 1 to February 1. The way I see it, Chicago is cold as hell all three of those months--why not add something to celebrate?

Plus, half of the Christmas songs out there have nothing to do with Santa or Jesus. They're things like "Let it Snow" or "Baby it's Cold Outside" or "Winter Wonderland." They're just about it being cold out. January in Chicago is like hell freezing over. (This is where, if it were a couple years ago, I would've inserted a joke about the Cubs winning the World Series, but now they've actually done that, so it's no longer relevant.)

You're not living if you haven't escaped a -6 degree day with -50 degree windchill to curl up inside with your dog, some hot chocolate, and a Christmas playlist.

People always say to me, "If you keep listening to Christmas music all year, it won't be special when Christmas comes once a year!" Okay, but here's the thing. I'm not celebrating Christmas ALL year. I'm only celebrating it for three months. That means that 75% of the year, I am NOT celebrating Christmas. Of course it's still gonna be special! Every year, I await November 1, when I allow myself to put the Christmas music back on and start looking for bad Christmas B-movies on Netflix.

To be clear, I'm not talking about the religious aspects of Christmas at all. I'm fine with confining those to one or two days. I'm talking about the cultural parts of Christmas, and the happiness they bring. Even if we combined Christmas, and Hanukkah, and everything else, and made "Winter Holidays Season" last until the start of February, I'd be so happy.

Because when the windchill is 80 degrees BELOW freezing, and you risk getting frostbite on your eyelids everytime you leave the house--well, I think you deserve something to celebrate!



  1. Yessss! Yes to it all! I personally believe Christmas should be moved to the middle of winter so every day has that magical pre-Christmas feeling. Rumor has it Jesus was born in March anyway, so I'm sure no one would really mind. Imagine how much more bearable these frigid, snowy days would be if the glitter and sparkle of Christmas was still all around and Dean, Bing, and Nat were crooning on the radio and in every store. Imagine. *sigh*

    1. I totally agree!! The cold weather is SO worth it when you fill your days with pretty music, happy decorations, and warm beverages!! :)


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