Wednesday, November 24, 2010
When I walked up to the wheelhouse of our tug last week, I couldn't believe what I saw.
Our sorry looking little Christmas tree that lives in an empty Folgers container all year long
has been decorated with cute little balls and tiny little lights.
My problem with this should be obvious.
IT'S NOT EVEN THANKSGIVING YET! Why the Christmas lights?
It seems as each year passes we're in more of a rush to welcome Santa into our homes.
Santa hasn't even celebrated Thanksgiving yet and we're nailing strings of Christmas lights to the peaks of our homes.
Talk about pressure for old Saint Nick.
When I was home last, I noticed a few homes decorated with lights in October.
Here's a general rule we should all abide by. ( Unless you live in this old house and you need to start early putting up your Christmas town because it takes so long.)
If your pumpkin is still on your front step, you can not decorate your house for Christmas.
If you live in a cold weather state or country, your not allowed to decorate for Christmas if your still wearing shorts.
I wondered recently about these Christmas lights. Where did that start, and when.
I found out that the first electrically illuminated Christmas tree was the creation of one of Thomas Edison's buddy's.
Edward Johnson was a vice president of Edison Electric Light Co and he had his tree light bulbs specially made which he hand wired on his tree.
There were 80 red white and blue lights the size of walnuts.
He plugged those lights in on Dec 22, 1882.
NOT OCTOBER 22.
Centuries before that candles were glued onto branches using wax.
You know the deal, Jesus supposedly was born on Christmas Day, soooo, let's put lights up in the Fall?
I don't get it.
I think all this focus on lights and when to put them up and whose birthday is it, has made me forget what the real meaning of Christmas is.
I reflected on that today and reintroduced myself to this Holiday's true meaning.
I hope my kids take time to reflect this year and come to the same conclusion, the same meaning.
It's about GETTIN STUFF!
Bring it on kids.