Christmas creep

November 6, 2007

So, my neighborhood had its holiday season kick-off festival on Saturday. Yes, November 3. Yes, FOUR DAYS after Halloween. I know, I know, the weekends get crazy the closer we get to Christmas … but November 3? The city of St. Louis has also moved its Kiener Plaza tree lighting ceremony ahead, to November 11. (If you’re keeping track, last year it was the day after Thanksgiving, November 24).  No one has ever accused me of bah-humbugging the season, but we just turned on our heat, for goodness’ sake. Can’t we enjoy a couple weeks of fall???

I’m feeling pressure to get the cookies baking, but I’m determined to go outside and fly a kite instead. It’s a perfect day for kite-flying — plenty of wind at the wide-open hilltop park just up the street. Our kite, while it looks ordinary enough, is actually on the heavy side. We bought it years ago at a specialty store in Chinatown in San Francisco — M. fell in love with the red-eyed tree frog on a blue background. For the first year or so that we owned it, he refused to let us release it for fear the string would break, so we didn’t know for quite a long time that our kite was an SUV model. Now that we know, we’re keeping an eye out for a new one that he’ll like more (’cause otherwise he’ll still always want the tree frog one anyway). Strangely enough, not only does St. Louis have no dedicated kite stores, many of its toy stores don’t carry kites either.

But today the wind seems strong enough, so wish us luck! And in case you’re tied up for the next two months, Merry Christmas too.  The St. Louis and Clayton simultaneous tree-lighting ceremonies are 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday.  Info is supposed to be at, but the site doesn’t seem to have been updated since 2006.  Clearly not everyone knows how soon the holiday season is arriving this year!


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