There seems to be a controversial yet annual topic of conversation that tends to occur around this time of year. Shortly after Halloween, debates and divides appear via social media discussing whether or not it is disrespectful to begin celebrating Christmas prior to Remembrance Day on November 11.
For the longest time, I didn’t give this topic much attention, likely because in our house, we don’t typically begin celebrating Christmas until December arrives. Maybe we are a little delayed. But, a couple of years ago I read something that has encouraged me to contemplate this subject a little more.
I can’t say for certain, but based on my own observations it seems as though the divide pertaining to this topic can pretty well be split down the middle. A lot of folks consider it disrespectful to start celebrating Christmas before Remembrance Day, while the other half don’t seem to have an issue with it. I’ve even read accounts from veterans who have stated it makes no difference to them.
Going back to what I said about reading something that changed my mind about this topic, I can recall someone sharing their own view on the matter. They argued that when we begin celebrating Christmas shouldn’t even be a topic of discussion, so long as we pay our respects to our fallen soldiers on their day of Remembrance. And, quite frankly, I have to agree.
If someone want to begin celebrating Christmas in July, go for it. Considering the year we have had, perhaps celebrating Christmas a little earlier than normal is a means for some of us to experience joy and anticipation. I don’t think when we start celebrating Christmas should at all influence or jeopardize the meaning and significance of Remembrance Day considering decorations don’t have much to do with the true meaning behind November 11.
Remembrance Day is worthy of attention, recognition and reflection. When we choose to put up our tree isn’t.