I'm Lutheran and we follow the Christian liturgical calendar (other liturgical Christians include a little group I call "Catholics," as well as the Orthodox and Anglicans). This coming Sunday is the last Sunday of the church year. The season that launches the new year is Advent, a penitential season of preparation for Christmas. Christmas begins on Dec. 25 and lasts for 12 days (you've heard, I'm sure, of the "12 Days of Christmas").
I love that we live in a country that celebrates Christmas so exuberantly. It's a great holiday. But man is it weird -- and sometimes tough -- to be a liturgical Christian in this country. We begin our Christmas celebrations at the same moment that everyone else is completely done with Christmas and is moving into New Year/Superbowl prep.
And what's weirder is the tonal difference. Advent is a season of penitence and preparation. It's difficult to honor that with invitations to four parties a night, joyful music that ends on Dec. 25, and all the hustle and bustle of shopping and other preparations.
When we hear about the "war on Christmas," I jokingly refer to it as the "war on the liturgical calendar." All this to say thank you to Nordstrom. Check out the photo. I mean, on the one hand, they're celebrating the "12 Days of Christmas" on the 30 days prior. But at least they didn't do what I've seen elsewhere, where Christmas decorations have been up since just after Halloween.
I'll take it.