Rushing towards Christmas?

Not just yet. This post is spurred by something I read in a friend’s blog today where she was grumbling that a local big supermarket already had Christmas trees and a few Christmas items up for sale. One summer in college I worked at a Hallmark store. I think most people know that every year they produce a certain number of Christmas ornaments, often continuing themes for years, and also producing ornaments based on popular movies and books. Some people are very enthusiastic about collecting them. I can’t remember ever buying one for myself, but we have several ones that have been gifted to us by family and friends over the years that we treasure.

Anywho… back to my original point. Almost as soon as I started working at the store, there was a buzz of excitement surrounding the ornaments. The new display was going up… in July! I was horrified, even at my young age. And I still don’t like it to this day that the commercialism of Christmas is pushed up so early by these big corporate stores overriding other holidays and stressing people out. OK, off my soapbox.

I am very happy to say that I’ve not seen an inkling of any Christmas decor anywhere in Switzerland yet. Halloween is only loosely celebrated here – probably brought by the number of expats living here. So there are a few displays of Halloween costumes and a bunch of fall decor type things for sale such as pumpkin-shaped crocks and wreaths made out of leaves. The excitement and wonder of the holiday season starts usually smack on December 1st, and continues on until Christmas Day. I’m looking forward to the amazing hand-crafted gifts that you can only find at the Christmas Markets. I want to get my steaming cup of Glühwein – hot mulled wine. And all the other delights that the markets have to offer. But I’m happy to wait for that until December, and enjoy what we have right now – a crisp cool fall.

In the last day or two it has turned truly cold, with highs not even reaching 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Snow is already starting to coat all of the mountain tops again (or add more to those that have snow year-round). We’ve not really had a pretty season as far as the leaves go, though. Lots of wind and rain for a week or so took all the colorful leaves off as soon as they appeared. The daylight is shrinking fast, too – one thing that I’m not really looking forward to.

So for the next month and a half, we’re set to enjoy the fall. We’ll be going again to Jucker Farm soon to pick out some pumpkins and other goodies like fresh unfiltered unpasteurized apple juice. I’m hoping that we’ll continue to have the cool clear days like today so that I can take Eddie on more hikes up above our village. And there’s always the promise of visits from friends to look forward to as well. Pardon me for getting a little swishy in this update – I’m feeling a bit of longing knowing that we might not be here next fall in this beautiful country.

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6 thoughts on “Rushing towards Christmas?

  1. I haven’t seen any Christmas decorations here yet – although we did buy some lovely glass ornaments at Canterbury cathedral last week. The ‘Sinterklaas’ candy has been in stores since July/August though, while Sinterklaas is celebrated on December 5th. It’s sparked a real debate in the Netherlands about the reasons behind this and its effect on children. As for me, I think next month I’ll start buying my first bag of pepernoten.

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    • I am ashamed to admit that I got caught up my life of being the mother of a toddler, and wrote my blog post later than I meant to. It is up now, so please feel free to check it out. 🙂

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  2. Agreed! This year, the first invitation to a Christmas party arrived in my inbox on a warm, sunny day in mid-September… it felt a little surreal.

    Here in Canada, Christmas decor has been vying for shelf space with the Hallowe’en merchandise for the past two weeks or so. Sigh.

    Your post is a great reminder to take the time to savour the present moment, instead of always living in the future and rushing ahead to make plans for a holiday that is still two months away!

    Have a great WBSD,
    Emmanuelle

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