DEAR MISS MANNERS: When is it too soon to put up Christmas decorations?
I find myself getting agitated, this first week of November, with the number of Facebook friends gleefully posting photos that they have already decked the halls. I am agitated because I find it offensive.
May we please enjoy a little bit of fall, pumpkins, gourds -- and Thanksgiving? What about Thanksgiving?
What’s interesting is that with each and every post, these people are adding disclaimers: “Haters gonna hate,” “I know it’s early BUT ...” It’s as if deep down, they know. They know it’s just wrong.
Or is it? Miss Manners, is it just me and my middle-aged mind? Or is it just too early to be decorating for the holidays, nearly two months before the celebration?
GENTLE READER: This is not an issue on which you and Miss Manners get to vote.
Well, in one sense it is. Everyone who posts on social media is implicitly requesting admiration. And surely they all know they are also subject to snarky remarks. But please do not add to that unpleasant habit. At any rate, it would not discourage your friends who are anticipating such and planning to ignore it.