Christmas in February

I don’t know if it’s because people are busy (they are) or because people are exhausted (they are) or because there’s something going on that I don’t know about (happens often), but there’s a lot of Christmas still happening. 

My neighbors have pumpkins on the porch and Christmas lights on the trees and the eaves and I enjoy the juxtaposition. 

A handful of other houses still have their lights up and turned on in the evenings.

We were in a neighboring city’s downtown earlier this week, and their Christmas lights are all still on the lampposts and such on the main drag.

Walking the dogs through the neighborhood, one large front window still framed the Christmas tree.

Usually, extended Christmas irritates me. I don’t like seeing it in November (or October!) and once Three Kings Day passes, I’m ready for it to be gone.

This year, that’s not the case. I don’t know why, and I’m not sure that it matters.

The neighbor’s lights are delightful, and I’ll be a little sad when they take them down. (You could argue that the red and white on the palm trees are for Valentine’s Day, but the multi-color on the eaves? Not so much.)

A friend was lamenting her tree still being up while another had it still up and wasn’t worried about it.

Maybe all of these pockets of decorations have different stories, and I’d be curious to know them all. (I know the two of my friends.) 

Is Christmas still hanging on in your neighborhood? Do you love it or hate it?

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