to Planet Christmas where it is Christmas 365 days a year!"
"Is this for real? How can it be Christmas every
day? Everyone knows that Christmas comes only once a year, on December
"Not here it doesn't; we have December 25th on
our calendar 365 times."
"But, what about the other holidays? Don't you
miss having other holidays to celebrate?"
"It happened so gradually that we sort of
adjusted to the idea a little at a time. First we started celebrating
Christmas on Thanksgiving. Instead of shopping on Black Friday, stores
opened on Thanksgiving. Shoppers loved having the extra day and so it
soon became traditional."
"Where I am from, we are beginning to go that way
also, but I don't think we will ever get to the point of celebrating
Christmas every day."
"That's what we thought too, but it is amazing
how quickly traditions can change. Would you care for a cup of eggnog?
You don't have to wait for Christmas as it is already Christmas.
People love Christmas. They love giving and receiving gifts. So, why
wait? We give gifts every single day of the year."
"How did it come to this? I mean, we start
earlier and earlier every year too. It used to be that shopping
started right after Thanksgiving, and then right after Halloween. This
year I saw Christmas trees going up in stores at the beginning of
"That is exactly how it happened with us. Soon we
forgot about October and November completely and the other holiday
fell one after another like dominos. Who really cares about other
holidays anyhow? They are only something in the way of the big
holiday, the one all the kids are waiting for. And if anyone really
wants turkey and a pumpkin pie, they can have it any day they
"Do you have Christmas trees here?"
"Of course we do! We keep our Christmas tree up
perpetually. Some people grow them as potted plants and others have
artificial trees. It is so much trouble to decorate a tree, why have
it for only a week or two? And the colorful lights are so beautiful.
Did you notice all the lights? You can't really miss them. We never
take our decorations down."
"Well, this is all very strange to me. Don't
people get tired of it? What do you do on REAL Christmas?"
"Which 'real' Christmas are you referring to?
They are all real here."
"But don't your merchants count on the Christmas
season to put them in the black?"
"Are you kidding? Imagine, only one shopping day
before Christmas every single day. They love it."
"So you shop every single day, or what?"
"At first people were not sure which Christmas to
spend their savings on or when go into credit card debt. But now
spending is spread out over the entire year. Instead of buying other
things, we now buy only gifts. White gifts in January, chocolate gifts
in February, clothing gifts in the spring, wedding gifts, gift
vacations, back to school gifts, birthday gifts, and Christmas gift
cards if you run out of ideas. It all works out."
"So, it was the commercialization of the season
that caused people to start celebrating earlier and earlier?"
"I would blame the businesses entirely. After
all, if people didn't come to pre-season Christmas sales, they would
not continue to have them. By the way, what would you like for
Christmas? I've got to do some last minute shopping so I will be ready
for Christmas tomorrow and there is an after-Christmas sale at Macy's
"I think I must be dreaming."
"That's what we thought too, but dreams can
become realities unless you wake up. Have a Merry Christmas!"