But once Santa comes riding down the street in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, all bets are off.
I'm generally able to hold off until the aforementioned acceptable start time, but sometimes the insanity stirs early. Especially when I'm in the process of planning the RAINN Down Hope fundraiser. I don't know that anything puts me in the right frame of mind for the holidays as quickly or completely as dealing with all the generous and kind people involved in the dinner - whether they attendees, donors or supporters.
Seriously, every email, text or tweet I get makes my heart grow three sizes. At this point, it's about 89,613 times larger than it should be, but them's the breaks. The real issue is that now I want to watch a Christmas movie.
As there's only a week left until I can do and feel no guilt for rushing the season, I'm going to be breaking in to my cheat movies:
1. The Shop Around the Corner
2. When Harry Met Sally
3. While You Were Sleeping
5. You've Got Mail
All movies with Christmas scenes and themes, that give me the fix I need without actually being Christmas movies.
Making up this year's Christmas movie calendar! (I exercised great restraint in putting only one exclamation point there. You're welcome.)
Let me know if you'll be "joining" me for any of the movies. We can tweet-chat during.
Now, all that's left is the countdown until next Thursday when I officially start to see the world through my Christmas eyes. Spoiler alert: they turn you all into claymation. It's awesome.