On November 10, 2007, I wrote a column about the early arrival of Christmas decorations.
I had intended to rerun the column on the 10th of this month, but it slipped my mind.
Meanwhile, public works crews here in Lakeland have been busy setting up holiday decorations for the usual trees at the center of several lakes near downtown as well as other decor outside city buildings.
Oddly enough, not too long ago while speaking to Kevin Cook, the city’s Director of Communication, I complained about the same issue. He informed me that November is about the only time the city crews can put up decorations. Evidently, the crews responsible for the work are so busy during the rest of the year they build up a decent amount of comp time. Time they must use in December. Also, there is an event hosted at Lake Mirror that requires the city to place Christmas decorations around the lake.
So, I might give the city the benefit of the doubt, but that’s no excuse for the malls and shopping centers that remove Halloween decorations to place Christmas decorations.
I still don’t want to risk sounding like a curmudgeon, but I still want Thanksgiving back.