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It is NOT Christmas


In fact, it is not even November. Why is it that sales and promotions and parang (!) all started in early September? I’m not trying to be a purist or a prude, but I just find the whole thing rather disorienting. I hear the parang, and I start salivating for ham and turkey and begin to panic about my Christmas shopping, though my family has long threatened to skip Christmas altogether one of these years.

So, no, I have not started my Christmas shopping and will resolutely wait til November to even think about it. And no, it is not OK for parang music to be on the radio and television all the time in September and October. And no, I do not in any way respond to signs in storefronts, like the one I passed on Queen Street yesterday, announcing that it was “Christmas in October.” No no no.

Advent doesn’t even begin till December 1st, and would you believe it, Christmas does not actually start until December 25th, and does not end until the 6th of January. All our festivals and holidays now seem to be tied up with commercial sales, bleeding each holiday season until all of them gush ceaselessly into the rest of the year.

But at least you can now always hear local music on the radio.

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Caroline Taylor

Caroline is an editor and staff writer at MEP. She is also on MEP’s board of directors, and moonlights as an actor, singer, and director. She’s passionate about telling stories – on the page, on the stage, on screen – and in particular about documenting Caribbean lives and events. She’s currently trying to master unplugging from her iLife… For more: https://www.carolinentaylor.com.View Author posts

3 thoughts on “It is NOT Christmas”

  1. Caroline, christmas may started a bit early but that's the Christmas has always been… I know that Christmas has been mixed up with commercial ties but apart from that the early Christmas Spirit comes to almost everyone… After all it's the '-ber' months.. Peep into this amazing Christmas Blog to check out some really cool stuffs…

  2. Granted that in Trinidad and Tobago, Carnival is on the minds of Carnival lovers as soon as "the Carival is over", and that band launches etc begin from July/ August, if Christmas promotions waited until later, then Christmas would be quite inconspicuous.

  3. "Christmas does not actually start until December 25th, and does not end until the 6th of January."

    Does anyone follow the 12 days of Christmas anymore? As in, put up the tree on Christmas Eve and all that? Like the way Carnival is going, I fear Christmas will eventually reach a point where it neither begins nor ends. Christmas and Carnival all year round in the Limer's Republic. What a thought.

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