the dutch get into the holiday spirit a lot sooner than i'm used to. as i mentioned in a previous blog entry, the christmas lights went up downtown a few days before we americans would celebrate halloween. now, i know that if you were to go to target or safeway or any number of american stores sometime around halloween, you'd almost certainly find a few christmas decorations and trees to buy. but the majority of you probably wouldn't buy anything yet, because you still have halloween and thanksgiving to think about. we as americans tend to think about christmas much later... the stores wish that we thought about christmas sooner, but truth be told, we as a nation don't really get into the holiday spirit until after thanksgiving. (and then what happens the very next morning after thanksgiving? all the stores open at 4:00 a.m.! they just can't WAIT for us to get in there and start buying crap! and we're so excited to get christmas rolling that we fall for it!)
adam lit a fire and i hung the stockings by the chimney with care, we put out the christmas tea towels and put the lights up, and now we're all set for the holidays! season's greetings, everyone!