Whew! Home again. One nice thing about being in an interfaith family is that you can travel between the Official Holidays. A heartfelt good luck, keep calm, and carry on to those of you who'll be traveling closer to Christmas proper.
Here is Sunday's column, after a bit of a delay.
The holiday advice I posted last week got a bit of pushback, as I'd written "Gaudy or refined, all outdoor holiday decorations are utterly grotesque by early January. Please, take them down." I'm still going to stand by a narrowly legalistic reading of that sentence. Some folks mentioned Epiphany, which I'd considered--January 6 is still early.* And I'd hairsplit a difference between "holiday" and "seasonal." I liked what jstarr wrote:
Regarding the outdoor decor...I think there's a difference between some tasteful landscape lights and greens to brighten up the winter night and the full on multi-colored Clark Griswald type of display with the giant inflatable Santa, moving reindeer etc., which really should come down (or at least be shut off) by mid-January.
I think we're all in agreement on the basic principle here.
* If you wish a person "Happy holidays" and are responded to with an aggressive "Merry Christmas!," a good response is a gently surprised, "I'm sorry, I assumed you celebrated the Epiphany."
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