I had always believed that the Yuletide season officially ends on the Feast of the Three Kings,specifically on January 6 however in recent years, it has now been observed on the first Sunday of the new year.
This had been brought to light even more when I recently happened to bump into 3 of my neighbors debating heatedly as to when the Yuletide season officially ends. Fortunately or unfortunately for me, I was forced by them to act as a referee.
Case in point was the matter of bringing down the Christmas door decorations. One had brought the decorations down right on Jan. 2nd while another plans to do it today, the 1st Sunday of this new year and even the 3rd neighbor plans to do it on Jan. 6th. My neighbors practically were lecturing one another as to when exactly the Christmas door decor should go. Hmmm…I think there’s a fine line being crossed here. This reminds me of my 10/27/12 blog about being a good neighbor as well as reviewing the new ABC comedy….The Neighbors.
As far as I’m concerned, mon ami, this matter is to each his own beliefs. Religious freedom..need I say more? As long as no one gets hurt by an extended view of a Christmas decor in another person’s abode, just let it be. It’s really trivial. Get a life,folks!
Of course, I didn’t tell all 3 of them in their faces that their argument was trivial nor to get a life . Worse, they’ll become defensive and not receptive to whatever I tell them in terms of advice. I was able though to tell all of them that they were right in exercising their respective Yuletide practices /beliefs but that there’s a need to respect one another’s point of view as well.
Frankly, we could all use a bit more of Yuletide cheer in this cold,drab winter anyway so a little sprig or tinsel can’t hurt.