ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Early carols cause feeling of inadequacy

Fargo On the day after Halloween, as I scrambled to get our leaves up before the first snowfall, like Dave Roepke, I was taken aback by the joyous sound of Christmas. I love Christmas, and the carols are one of the best things about it, but not b...

Fargo

On the day after Halloween, as I scrambled to get our leaves up before the first snowfall, like Dave Roepke, I was taken aback by the joyous sound of Christmas.

I love Christmas, and the carols are one of the best things about it, but not before Thanksgiving. Why you ask? Because it makes me feel inadequate. Not only have I not planned a Thanksgiving meal that will take me two days to prepare and 20 minutes for my family to devour, I haven't done one lick of Christmas shopping.

I can't help but feel that the early Christmas music and the retail businesses are in cahoots to make me buy. So, eventually I will succumb to their ploy and start to hum one or two carols, and hit the mall in hopes of once again providing my family with a wonderful Christmas memory.

After Thanksgiving, the tree will go up and be decorated with twinkling lights and my children's homemade ornaments, and the Christmas carols will be listened to in earnest. Oddly wrapped presents will appear under the tree, and I'll know that somewhere hidden underneath is a bottle of bleach for me because once again my husband has shopped at the dollar store. "It's much better to unwrap 50 gifts than to just get one."

ADVERTISEMENT

I will be filled with a sense of accomplishment and love for my fellow man until the day after Christmas. As I weed my way through all the wrapping paper to turn on my radio, the carols are gone. But wait, I'm not ready to let the carols go. We haven't even had New Year's yet.

So I beseech you, Mr. Bougie, please wait to start the carols until after Thanksgiving, and wean me off until the end of the year.

What To Read Next
North Dakota's judges rank near the bottom in pay and salaries aren't enough to attrack lawyers from private practice to serve on the bench.
SB 2301, supported by (GASP!) Democrats, is the best solution on the table in Bismarck
A couple of bills introduced quietly would help feed students in public schools
Mikkel Pates set the standard for agricultural journalism during his 44-year career in the region, working for Agweek, The Forum and the Worthington Globe.