One of my favorite guilty pleasures on the Internet is the Facebook page I Ain’t Doin It by comedienne and blogger, Heather Land. She is widely known for quick and witty videos in which she gives hot takes on popular opinions (here’s looking at you, CrossFit check-ins!).
In Land’s most recent video, she takes on the folks who dare do the unthinkable: put up Christmas decorations before (gasp!) Thanksgiving.
I watched her one-minute video and I laughed until I nearly cried as she described the front yard of who I assume is her neighbor. She starts out with, “Don’t you think you’re jumping the gun here just a little bit here, Clark Griswold?” She then laments about the spectacle of lights she witnessed, describing the front yard looks like a dang carnival ride, hilariously chiding, “I’m looking for the ticket booth and fried butter!”
She continues to describe the nod to Thanksgiving “with the Pilgrims and Indians” in place of the Wise Men … not to mention the pumpkin spice lattes.
While Land is definitely tapping into the well-known public irritation of things like Halloween candy in stores by August and Christmas decorations alongside back-to-school supplies, she didn’t quite convince me to hold off on my yuletide spirit. (Full disclosure: My kids and I are already up to our eyeballs in Christmas decorations!)
It seems that my excitement to hang some mistletoe and put the singing snowman out on the kitchen counter is actually a great way to keep my mental health in check, especially given the craziness of the year so far. According to a fascinating interview for UNILAD, psychoanalyst Steve McKeown suggested putting up holiday decorations early as a smart tactic to stay healthy. He said:
“In a world full of stress and anxiety people like to associate to things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of the childhood. Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement. So putting up those Christmas decorations early extend the excitement!”
So there you have it, my fellow lovers of early holiday decorating. There is nothing wrong with stringing up some tinsel and hanging a holiday wreath on the door. As for Land, well, her video may have been hysterically funny, but I’ll still be making over my front yard to scream “fa-la-la-la-la!” two days before Thanksgiving anyway.