Apparently there was a secret memo sent out to the cool bloggers that it is now time to complain about Christmas decorations being up too early. It’s a good thing I’m not in that social circle. (I did get the memo about The Golden Compass being evil. Twice. Please quit sending it.) Do people expect the stores to decorate with Turkeys until after Thanksgiving? Do you know what the Pilgrims really ate? They can’t decorate with food or the dieters will sue and the food nazis will try to get Thanksgiving banned. They can’t decorate with prayers, Indians or Pilgrims or the PC police will complain. Besides, Thanksgiving is a meal. There’s just not that much you need from the red bullseye store or the big department stores to cook a meal. No, retailers pin their survival on Christmas, so they may as well start decorating and trying to sell their tinsel. It’s fun to look at the decorated trees. Stop complaining. The only thing you need to do is decide when your family will decorate for Christmas or Hanukkah or the holiday that your family celebrates. It’s an easy decision at our house. The decorations go up when the advent calendar countdown begins. Any sooner and the adults will suffer the horrible fate of trying to explain time and calendars to small people who are incapable of understanding. Everything goes up, except the lights on the tree. Those have been known to take until Christmas eve to get up and working.