If you or a loved one or a friend are suffering from “Christmas comes early” disease, please seek help.

Symptoms of this terrible disease include, but are not limited to, putting up Christmas decorations before Nov. 23, ignoring Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations, wearing Christmas sweaters in October and playing Christmas music before Nov. 23.

Each year millions of people seem to forget that Columbus Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving all come before the Christmas holiday season in December and start decorating early.

I understand that “Christmas comes early” is a theme all throughout the summer and fall, but that doesn’t mean the decorations have to come with it.

If you want to celebrate Christmas early, by all means do it. Just don’t put up your decorations before Nov. 23.

Pretty much every calendar comes with holidays on it and as you can see, there is a minimum of two holidays before Christmas. Columbus Day is not always considered a holiday.

Putting up Christmas decorations early is holiday erasure and I won’t stand for it.

I don’t understand how people can get Halloween and Christmas mixed up, but I do see a case for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Both do have huge family dinners as part of the celebration even though these are, in fact, two separate events.

So let me clarify in case some people are confused.

Thanksgiving dinner is supposed to be decorated with fall and pilgrim imagery such as brown leaves, a cornucopia, turkeys and pumpkins.

Christmas dinner features a fireplace, snowmen, snowflakes, a manger, a nativity scene and Santa Claus.

As with most things, though, there is an exception to the decorations rule. If you’re a person who goes all in for Christmas, like the house on Bankhead Avenue in Montgomery, you are allowed to start early.

I understand that decorating the entire outside of the house, the yard, the trees and any other property you have can take a while so that’s allowed. However, this is only if you’re going all in with lights, inflatables, music, etc. This is not for people who just put up a cut out of Santa on their trees and call it a day.

So please, unless you fall into the exception, enjoy the other holidays in the year. Do not put up your Christmas decorations until Nov. 23.

Justin Blowers is a staff writer for The Southeast Sun and Daleville Sun-Courier. The opinions of this writer are his own and not the opinion of the paper. He can be reached at (334) 393-2969 or by email at jblowers@southeastsun.com.

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