Christmas in July: weird to some but not to others

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

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Christmas time is the most wonderful time of the year. For us, that’s not open for debate. It just is. Our whole family walks around with smiles on their faces, too much food in their bellies, and eggnog at the corners of their mouths. The food tastes better, nobody cares that the roads are covered in snow, and adults are encouraged to watch cartoons with their kids.

There are, no doubt, many costs involved with Christmas and it does seem as though every year, the start of the Christmas season comes a little sooner.

And we like it that way. For the most part, we try to keep this to ourselves until the majority of people come on board once the Halloween decorations have come down. It’s easy to hide our irregularity from our co-workers and even our families, but it’s impossible to hide our Christmas affinity from our kids.

As we approach Christmas in July, I examine the kind of questions I expect to receive from my kids because of this…

It was no surprise when one May afternoon, Leah got back from playing with friends at daycare or school or whatever it is she does during the day and asked me why we watch Christmas movies and listen to Christmas music all year long.

“What brought that about?” I asked, knowing all it would take would be her mentioning that we do it. Surely that alone would be enough to illicit an “are your parents crazy?” kind of response.

“We were playing in the sand and I started to build a snowman. But it’s hard to build a snowman in the sand so I got really mad and kicked sand in someone’s face. Then they asked why I was even trying to build a snowman. Then I told them because frosty comes to life if you put a hat on his head. The she said but Frosty only come out for Christmas. And I said I just watched Frosty last night. And she said I’m a weirdo for watching Frosty in May. And I said Frosty is a great show to watch at any time of the year and that my parents love it. And she said we’re all weird. So are we all weird?”

It was a little more than I was expecting.

“Well, to be honest, we are a little weird. It’s not exactly normal for people to watch and listen to Christmas things all year long. But it is normal for people to want to do that. So what we’re really doing is making ourselves happy. Granted, we’re making ourselves happy by doing weird things, but that’s ok if you ask me. Let me ask you a question. Why do you like watching Christmas shows so much?”

“I don’t know,” Leah said immediately, but clearly was giving it some thought. “I think it’s because they make me feel happy. They’re all funny and they all have good things happen in them. Plus, we watch them as a family and I like spending time with you guys.”

“So when you put it that way, it sounds like a pretty normal thing to do, doesn’t it?”

“Yes it does. So why don’t more people do that then?”

“Because there are probably other things that make them really happy. And it isn’t at all weird to do things as a family that make you happy.”

“No, I don’t think that’s weird either daddy.”

“So if people start asking you why you watch so much of it, you can just tell them that it makes your family happy. At the same time, it might be a good idea to stop trying to build snowmen out of sand. It’s never really easy to do.”

“I know, I just wanted to see if I could do it. I kind of wanted a walking, talking sand friend to walk around school with. I should have known it wasn’t going to work though?”

“Why’s that?”

“I didn’t have a hat for it to wear.”

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