There's a riotous trend happening on my social media feeds. Starting late October people started to take jabs at one another for their preferred time of year to decorate the Christmas tree.
One post shows a person putting hers up November 1st. The Halloween decor tub being pushed down the hall on the right side while the Christmas tub being pushed up the left side of the same hallway. A commendable display of traffic-pattern organization, if you ask me.
On the next post someone shares a horrific threat about bad things that happen when people put up their trees before December 1st.
And as I scroll, so it continues...
And I wonder WHAT IN THE NAME OF EVER LOVING SAMANTHA DOES IT MATTER TO YOU PEOPLE WHEN YOUR NEIGHBOR PUTS UP THEIR DAMN CHRISTMAS TREE?!?!
Do you all have passionate photos, discussions and threats ready for tree-take-down time also? Because honestly, we've got quite a variety there. Some choose to take it down the day after Christmas. Some think it's scandalous to take it down before the New Year has been rung in. Others leave it up until Valentine's Day.
Truthfully, the arguing could almost continue year round if we just added Easter decorations and 4th of July decor into the mix we could shout at one another constantly about "doing it wrong" and "your house is where my patriotism goes to die."
So I ask again - what. do. you. care? Why is it a big deal if you drive by someone's house on November 9th and they have tree lights glittering in the window? And likewise why does it matter if you drive by that same home on February 3rd and see that same dang tree...?
Are you the cleaning lady at that house? Are you sick to death of vacuuming around it or watering it to prevent their house from going up in smoke? If not, I'm thinking - and this is just a hunch here - that it's something called "not your business."
Yeah, that's where you put up your tree whenever you and your family deem it "time" and your neighbor puts up their tree - wait for it - maybe at a different time - and you still live together in harmony.
Does this sound crazy? This concept of letting people put their gol darn trees up whenever it suits them?
If so, I'm guessing you're one of the people who shares things about baby elves drowning reindeer on your Facebook feed.
Word to the wise, Peeps - it's okay to have differences. It's okay to be different. We don't all weigh the same, wear the same clothes, paint our walls the same color and use the same brand of shampoo - so to keep with the theme here - we also don't all have to decorate our Christmas trees the exact same way, in the exact same color lights, on the exact same day.
I'm thinking that's not how the whole "deck the halls" concept was intended.
Take it easy, everyone. The world is still scheduling it's yearly rotation around the sun - despite trees going up already.
Take a breath. Smile. It will be a good holiday regardless of how long what's-his-name's-friggin-tree has been up.