Celebrate when you want
Not everyone in the Washington region who chooses to deck the halls early does so in an attempt to "stretch the season across as many weekends as possible to gain more pleasure and more time for all the gift-buying" ["Some deck the halls earlier," Metro, Dec. 5]. When the holiday season begins is a matter of individual traditions and not simply driven by hedonism or consumerism.
With so many religions and cultures making the Christmas season their own, it's unfair to expect everyone to follow the Advent calendar or any other notion of when the holiday season should begin and end. Kwanzaa takes place the week after Christmas. Hanukkah may occur any time from late November to late December, depending on the year. The dates of the Islamic new year and the winter solstice also vary.
If "Jingle Bells" isn't music to your ears, there are other radio stations, CDs and iTunes to choose from. Stay away from the stores and celebrate whenever your tradition dictates.
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