16th November 2016.

NOVEMBER.

I saw my first house really decorated for Christmas today. I thought I saw one toward the end of October and I was happily mistaken – they’d decorated their house for Halloween, but had used Christmas lights and tinsel around their spooky display. I’m all for being organised (I lie) but is November 16th not a tad too early for Christmas?

Yes, I know the TV adverts are now hitting the screens like they’re going out of fashion, but that’s TV Land – the companies there just want our money. However, in real life… November? Christmas??

It won’t be long now before everyone starts to try to out-do the Joneses, especially now that one has started, and we’ll all be blinded by dazzling displays of Christmasness.

Each to their own, I say.

I’m lucky in the regard that I only put up a cheery ‘Ho!Ho!Ho!’ to brighten the place up. Well, I say ‘put up’; I actually mean ‘keep up’ all year around, as I miss the deadline to take it down, so up it must remain. I’ve gotten used to it now, and with it already being up, that’s one less job to do for the busy period.

I’m a little grumpy today as my cold has returned and my eyes and nose are flowing like Niagara Falls, hence a One Minute Grumble rather than Ramble. It’s still a ramble though, with a touch of grumble. It’s good to be different.

Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

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  1. We love Christmas at Gastradamus. We love Festicves at Seinfeld. Please when you can check out a few of my stories. I’m a phenomenal writer who needs feedback from saints like yourself. So don’t be a Grinch check out Miss Scarlet… the empty Voter… Blue Jasmine and Wendys window conspiracy. We can’t wait for you to being your Christmas joy to the blog of Gastradamus

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  2. I do love Christmas but I refrain from decorating until December. Then look out. But its all about what I like and I don’t care about the Joneses. The Joneses are on their own. Along with all the advertisers trying to entice. Chase that cold away Tom and feel better soon.

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    1. Thanks, Susan. And yes, Christmas should be exactly as you (and I) like it, nobody else. I don’t compete with the Joneses. I beat them in my own way.
      I’m feeling better once again after my cold returned!

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      1. That’s good. Take care.

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  3. Ramble with a touch of grumble is good Tom. Hope it – the Niagara Falls – stops flowing soon. Our Christmas deco starts 1st Dec with the beginning of the Advent season but the tree only goes up close to Christmas Eve. Finnish tradition 🙂

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    1. That’s similar to what we do, Raili. I also decorate the blog! I may try subtle this year. Hehehe.

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  4. Yes, I agree- November 16th is TOO early! As for Christmas music in the shops… it’s too early for that too!

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    1. Thankfully, Elaine, I haven’t heard one Christmas track in any shop yet. Although now that I’ve typed that, it’s going to change!

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      1. The music is beginning to creep in…

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        1. I’ve still not heard it in shops yet, but the TV adverts are happily blasting it out now! 😀

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  5. Christmas is no longer something I celebrate these days given I have nobody to celebrate it with now my God daughter and her siblings have grown up and have families of their own.

    Oh well…

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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    1. It has to be celebrated or not as we prefer, Prenin, and not ‘forced upon’ us. Still enjoy each day.

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  6. A fine ‘gramble’ for a mid-November sick day! It’s gloomy and snowing here today, so a grumble suits me fine, too. I hope you feel better soon!

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    1. Thanks, Diane. Yes, I’m getting there. This time. I hope!!! 😀

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  7. I saw one last week as I drove past a house.. I thought too soon.. but then I thought maybe they needed to celebrate Christmas early..
    November weather has really kicked in hasn’t it.. xx

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    1. Yes, I did think the same when I posted, Sue… we aren’t really to know. The next day, I saw another house though.
      As for the November weather, I think we had it all on Thursday lunchtime… in one go!!!

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      1. Yes same here Tom weather wise

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