Some Proposed Rules Regarding Christmas Etiquette

It has been obvious for the past few years that Christmas has gotten out of hand.  Now it is apparent, too much of a good thing is indeed too much.  As a result, I have proposed a few rules to help people navigate the Christmas season with some sense of decorum.

I do not need to start seeing Christmas items and sections in stores before Halloween.  I swear, I saw some stores with Christmas sections in August this year, and I’m not kidding.  We already have way too many stores doing ‘Christmas in July’ sales.  Pretty soon it will indeed be Christmas all year around.

Rule: Christmas sales and sections should be limited to the day after Halloween (preferably the day after Thanksgiving) through the weekend after New Years Day (for After-Christmas sales).

Christmas decorations are also way out of hand.  There is no need to cover every inch of your lawn and house with Christmas decorations and lights.  Trying to limit yourself to one giant ugly blow-up Christmas item would be preferable.  Also, I see lights going up sometimes before Halloween and staying up as late as March or April.

Rule:  If you think to yourself, I wonder if it would be too much if we…?  It is too much.  Stop it!

Rule: Do not put up any Christmas decorations until the day after Thanksgiving, and take them down by the week after New Year’s Day

Finally, Christmas music played on the radio and in stores is way out of hand.  Some retail outlets and radio stations go to an “All Christmas” format the day after Halloween.  There is no need for this.  One awful result of this is that these stations find any (and I mean ANY) Christmas music, and put it in their playlist.  Unfortunately, every recording artist feels the need to make at least one Christmas album, no matter how bad it might be.  These stations tend to force these horrible songs on their audience because they do not want to play the same music all of the time.

Rule:  Christmas music should not be played before the day after Thanksgiving (and it would be better to wait two more weeks), and should be stopped the day after Christmas.

Rule:  Only play the Christmas standards or legitimate attempts to perform nice Christmas music (so my head will stop exploding).

 

 

 

 

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Top 20 Animated Christmas Features

Some of my earliest memories involve watching that great animated Christmas specials year after year.  Somehow, it just would not seem like Christmas without Rudolph, Frosty, Santa Claus and the Grinch.  So, I decided to put together a list of the great holiday animated specials.  I came up with 19, so that will have to suffice.

 

19. Rudolph’s Shiny New Year- This one, of course, is not about Christmas, but it has Rudolph in it.

18. Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol- This is a decent retelling of the old Dickens classic with Mr. Magoo in the role of the Scrooge.

17. Garfield Christmas- Time Waste. 

16. Olive, the other Reindeer- Nice effort.

15. A Wish for Wings That Work- I’m a big Bloom County fan, and you will find a lot of Bill and Opus in this.

14. Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas- very cute.

13. Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey- Not terrible.

12. Bugs Bunny’s Christmas Carol- Another decent retelling of the Dickens classic.

11. Mickey’s Christmas Carol- Yet another decent retelling of the Dickens classic.

10. Frosty Returns- The second of the Frosty series, and not nearly as good as the first.

9. The Polar Express- A very good movie, but it is still a little new to place too high on the list.

8. The Year Without a Santa Claus- A classic story about a year when Santa was did not come to town.

7. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas- Cute rendition of the classic story.

6. Santa Claus is Coming to Town- Classic that explores the Origins of Santa Claus.

5. A Charlie Brown Christmas- The Peanuts classic about a group of kids that try put on a Christmas program with a tiny little tree.

4. Frosty the Snowman- Classic story of a snowman that comes to life by magic.

3. The Little Drummer Boy- One of the greatest Christmas tales ever told that is centered on the birth of Christ.  This story gives all parents the opportunity to explain to their children where the little drummer boy is when they see a nativity.

2. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer- It is a close call between #1 and #2.  It does not get much better than Rudolph.

1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas- A truly great Christmas tale in which a grumpy guy finds redemption through the Christmas spirit of others.

 

Here is an amazing site that has a lot of links to these specials and others.