January 12, 2011

Turn out the lights, the party's over

I am not Miss Manners. I am not the final arbiter of taste. I am not the ultimate authority on what is right and proper throughout the world --YET.

I do know this. It is the twelfth day of January. It is time to turn off your Christmas lights. Dim that Christmas tree in the window. I know the weather may preclude climbing on the roof and removing those blinking green and purple icicle lights, but you do not have to turn them on.

Heck, my Mother-in-law (may she rest in Peace) kept Christmas lights hung on her carport year round.  When those burned out, she hung new ones over the old.  But she only turned them on from December 1 through New Years.

I know I am addressing more than just a few still burring the festive Holiday lights. I know of at least six houses within a few miles of my humble abode.

I say enough. It is time to dim the Holiday spirit.


Ralphd00d said...

Within a few miles? That's better than the dumb fuckers across the street from me! They need to turn them off and go get legal citizenship!

Anonymous said...

Damn, I didn't even put a tree up this year, what was I thinking!!!


mts1 said...

I'll set up late (about a few days before Christmas) and leave them up and on through the 12th day of Christmas, the Fest of Epiphany. But at least I have a reason and a system that has some basis on tradition and the religious nature of the season. But yeah the ones who keep it up into February, or those who hang St. Patrick's, Halloween, Easter, Old Potato Day, and Mule Appreciation Day light sets, for Chrissakes knock it off.

Nathan said...

Leaving Christmas lights on past their sell-by date (which I always understood to be no later than the 5th or 6th of January) is one of those things -- like the earlier and earlier beginning of the Christmas season -- that cheapens the entire message of Christmas.

Christmas all year long would soon become boring and nobody would care. So turn off the damn lights, already.

dragonlady474 said...

I took my decorations down on New Years day. And now I'm drawing up plans for Halloween already. heh

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