‘Tis the season to be – wait a second, it’s only November?
That’s right. Just a few days after Halloween, I was curating Christmas playlists and putting up the tinsel, all ready for Christmas.
Save your judgement. I’m not usually like this. For me, November is an in-between month. The Christmas tree doesn’t go up until 1st December and I adhere to very strict rules of when you should start listening to ‘All I Want For Christmas is You’. But I’ve learned over the course of this rollercoaster year that 2020 isn’t meant for following the rules.
On Halloween, while I was all dressed up at a distanced gig in the first celebration in months, Boris Johnson was telling the nation that we’d be going back into lockdown in a matter of days.
We’ve all seen the jokes about how time doesn’t exist in lockdown. March lasted forever, April disappeared in the blink of an eye, and honestly, I can’t really remember what happened after that. So far, November is gearing up to be another slow one.
So, if time doesn’t exist in 2020, why can’t it be Christmas?
It’s not like it’s difficult. Go into any supermarket and you’d think it’s Christmas Day already. ‘Last Christmas’ is blasting through the shop and glittery decorations blind you from the moment you step inside. This year, I’m leaning into it, and it’s the only thing getting me through lockdown.
Christmas music is a classic pick-me-up. It won’t make the situation any better but it can lift your spirits in a time where everyone is struggling. Taking an evening to put up Christmas decorations – whether on your own or with friends or family – can make you feel closer to home if you’re feeling isolated.
The countdown to Christmas this year is doubling up as a countdown to the end of our national lockdown. This isn’t our first rodeo, and we all know how hard it is to isolate yourself from the people you love. My advice: if celebrating the festive season a little early can cheer you up, then don’t let anyone tell you it’s too early.
So blast the Mariah Carey; cover your house in tinsel; stock up on chocolate oranges (there are more flavours than you think!). Christmas is getting me through this lockdown, so I’m waving goodbye to all of our ideas about when it’s socially acceptable to celebrate.
Image courtesy of Tj Holowaychuk.