The day after Thanksgiving means one thing…

christmas

Ready to decorate; no place to do so

…Christmas decorations! (And possibly lamenting how much food you ate. And/or more eating.)

As far back as I can remember, the last Friday in November in the Jadhav household marked the official start of the holiday season; we hauled boxes of ornaments and garland and lights and tinsel and nutcrackers and more out of the basement or down from attic. We’d play vinyl from a boxed set of Christmas music almost non-stop. At the end of the day, when the decorating was either finished or on hold (some years it took all weekend), we’d sip egg nog from old mugs.

I have found a store here in Delhi at Khan Market that caters to expats and has decorations galore (photo above). But I’m staying temporarily in a guesthouse. And in 10 days, I start traveling and will be on the move until after the New Year. As much as I want to deck the halls, I have little opportunity to do so.

I’ll make do with this blog.

I’m sad to be missing it. That day was always transformative; the house took on a magical sheen. Think of it as stepping through the wardrobe into a world of holiday splendor.

In St. Louis today, I’d be heading over to the tree lot on Grand for a big blue spruce. (For the record, they hold their needles best. And they smell wonderful.) And I’d be pulling boxes from my storage closet, unfurling garland and cursing strands of lights that don’t work (though hopefully not again, because last year I sank money into heavy-duty outdoor sets for indoor use).

By the end of the day, two trees, one real, one fake, would be trimmed. Archways would be festooned. Candles would be lit. Nutcrackers would be set just so.

Alas, not this year. At least I can still listen to the music.

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4 Responses to “The day after Thanksgiving means one thing…”

  1. Royal Says:
    November 27th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: 6 East Side clubs, five STDs! Four Blues fans, three clydesdales, two half-an-arches, and one awful highway shutdown!

  2. Adam Jadhav Says:
    November 27th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    “Where’d ya go to high school?”

  3. mom Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    yeah, it IS time for you guys to do your thing. the season wouldn’t be the same w/o it. so what’s it gonna be?!

  4. ADAM JADHAV » Blog Archive » It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Says:
    December 21st, 2010 at 10:34 am

    [...] been listening to holiday music since Friday, 26 November. Per Jadhav tradition, that is the day when the Christmas season begins. That night, we decorated a perfect little live [...]

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