It is November 2.
You can go Christmas shopping now.
I will not be doing any purchasing myownself. I will be honoring my commitment to Thanksgiving, but I’ve just about given up on trying to save November for everyone else.
And sadly, I have to admit that even I was tempted to break my own vow when the Garnet Hill catalogue arrived in the mail today. Oh, those cute snowman-patterned flannel sheets….
Also, the Junior League of Nashville’s annual Christmas marketplace, dubbed ‘Tis the Season, is coming up in a few weeks at the Factory in Franklin, and that always seriously strains my vow. Sometimes I have to do some serious rationalizing during that little event. “Hmmm,” I’ll say, as I lovingly caress a beautiful necklace. “I can get this for my mom’s birthday in February! I’ll just…put it away for a few months….and hope I remember where I put it.” But at least that doesn’t happen until right before Thanksgiving, so it’s not quite as egregious as all the pre-Halloween Christmas festivity.
It’s hard to be principled.