(Couldn't find an image suitable so here's a recent one of me!)
Don’t you find that every year Christmas starts earlier with supermarkets stocking advert calendars and cards as early as September! It made me think ‘what is Christmas really about?’ and how do we differentiate the transition between autumn, winter and the start of the Christmas season.
I guess for some people it’s December 1st, or the first door you open in the advent calendar to the countdown of the big day. For me, it’s when I first see the Coca Cola advert on the TV. Coke bought back its "holidays are coming" ad in 2007, after some people marked it as the beginning of Christmas. In keeping with tradition, the song accompanies the trucks on their journey and Coca Cola’s famous Santa Claus who spreads the holiday message. Did you know that he first appeared in their advertising back in 1931!
For some people, marking the start of Christmas is about buying a tree and placing it in the living room. For others, it’s about visiting Church or donating to Operation Christmas Child via their ‘shoe box appeal’. Or simply, it could just be about spending quality time with loved ones. This year is a little bit different because I sadly lost a Grandparent, so my Christmas will give me the chance to remember loved ones too.
Despite my age, I still hope that a tubby man with a white beard leaves me my Christmas stocking. I won’t be forgetting the mince pie and carrot either!
So wherever you’ll be this holiday season, I hope it is filled with happiness, memories and everyone gets what they wished for. Have a good one!