June is here and with it comes the summer heat. Days are longer and the thought of Christmas seems too far away.
Elvis Presley once asked why every day couldn’t be like Christmas, and I’m here to say it can be, and it should be all year long.
I keep my Christmas lights up all day, every day. At bedtime, my Christmas tree becomes a night-light. During the day, visitors are greeted with a wreath at the door.
The thought of all this might have you scratching your head but think of Christmas time in the winter. Stores are filled with cheerful jingles. Kids are running through aisles loudly declaring their holiday wishes. Familiar movies are playing on every channel.
People seem happier as they think of distant family members soon to be seen again.
For me, those thoughts and feelings are worth drumming up any time of the year.
We all have our good luck charms or knick-knacks that carry special meaning and bring us a smile. To some it’s a family photo hanging in the stairway. Others might find it in a souvenir on the fireplace.
To me it’s a Christmas tree. Sure, you can only have one all year long if it’s fake, so you lose that special real tree smell. Still, there are the lights that remind you of your grandfather unrolling a messy tangled web of ornaments.
He used to buy the big, bulky lights and staple them to the rim of his roof. One string of lights around the house was enough. Somehow, the simplicity made it more poignant.
Then there are the ornaments. They remind me of kid’s faces. You know, the school portraits inside a not-so-carefully made craft item your little one brought home from school one day to hang on the tree.
Probably most special are the candy canes. Think about it. You can only buy candy canes a particular time of the year. So if you have any up on your yearlong tree, you have to be careful not to eat every last one before the next holiday season.
Are we losing a sense of tradition in our country? I hope not, and it certainly doesn’t seem lost in smaller communities like Silver City where you can find stores like the Pretty Sweet Emporium in historic downtown.
It’s a yearlong Christmas store. There is one store, in the town where I live, that sells Christmas items all year long. It’s enough for me to want to live here for the rest of my life.
If you feel like getting out the old string of lights and hanging them up a little early this year, don’t think twice about it. Merry Christmas.
Originally published at https://www.linkedin.com on June 8, 2016.