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Christmas season
(Mike Allen)
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When do we, in a modern, civilized society, start Christmas season? It’s a debate as old as … rampant consumerism has been associated with Christmas. So, that’s a while now.

There seem to be two concrete end points: the day after Halloween or Black Friday. Beyond those dates, others find a gradient in between from which they can choose. Personally, I reside firmly in the after-Thanksgiving camp, as that is my favorite holiday.

If you want to start celebrating at any other point in the year, however, feel free. I used to draw a line in the sand on this, but as I’ve gotten older and experienced how draining life can be, I can see why people want or even need more Christmas season to push through the slog of November and December — a slog and stress, ironically, brought about because of the holidays.

But I’m not here to “yuck” other people’s “yums.”

— Mike Allen


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