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Here in Australia, we're actually having a bit of a hard time believing it's almost Summer. We're in the middle of a bit of a cold snap at the moment, and the Spring rains have been more 'deluge' than 'refreshing' in some parts. All this just a few weeks after horrific bushfires.
On Twitter, I've seen people staring to talk about the build-up to Christmas. In particular, parents commenting on how the stupid end of year whirl has begun, with their relationship with their kids being reduced to little more than a bus driver. There's also been the now traditionally whinge about how early the shops get all the Christmas gear out. Actually, I think they were a little more laid-back this year - it was early to mid-November before it was really noticeable.
Do the shopping centres start decorating for Christmas that early in the US, or does Thanksgiving hold it back?
Lotsa folks have been saying December 1 is the day that Christmas observances can start. It's the earliest day that you can put up your Christmas tree, they opine. It's when the shops should put up their decorations. Anything earlier is a waste.
When you look at that depository of all wisdom, Wikipedia, it turns out December 1 is actually a pretty cool day. Here's some of the holidays/observances from around the world:
- Christian Feast Day:
- Damrong Rajanubhab Day (Thailand)
- Earliest day on which Farmer's Day can fall, while December 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Friday in December. (Ghana)
- Earliest day on which Good Neighborliness Day can fall, while December 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Sunday in December. (Turkmenistan)
- Freedom and Democracy Day (Chad)
- Great Union Day, celebrates the Union of Transylvania with Romania in 1918; since 1990, National Day (Romania)
- Military Abolition Day (Costa Rica)
- National Day (Burma)
- National Transit Tribute to Rosa Parks Day (American Public Transportation Association)
- Republic Day (Central African Republic)
- Restoration of Independence (Portugal)
- Self-governance Day or Fullveldisdagurinn (Iceland)
- Teachers' Day (Panama)
- World AIDS Day (International)
- Rosa Parks Day (United States)
- National Day (United Arab Emirates)
Christmas and everything just rushed at me last year. Work was extremely busy in December and I just didn't have a chance to stop and think about it and by the time it arrived, I wasn't ready and it was a bit of a dud, quite frankly. This year, December at work is going to be much calmer, so I am DETERMINED that I'm going to give Christmas and the end of the year the attention it deserves. It's going to be a party, my friends.
How about you? Are you looking forward to December?