Having kept quiet about this for the three years I have been on the forum, I feel now that I can hold it in no longer.
In my religion, Christmas does not begin until the evening of the 24th of December and it does not end until approximately 3 weeks after that. The time we are in now is what I call Advent, and it starts about 4 weeks before Christmas day. Advent is a season of preparation for the upcoming Christmas season. During this time I am not really supposed to celebrate Christmas at all. Once Christmas finally comes on the 24th of December, I celebrate it for the full approximately 3 weeks that it lasts. From my perspective it is rather strange that most of the rest of the world celebrates Christmas starting on Black Friday and stops all celebrations immediately upon the arrival of the 26th of December.
Now, I am not saying that anyone should do anything differently. I am just sharing how jarring this season can be for me because of these facts. I guarantee you, however, that you won't see a Santa hat on my
avatar until the 4th week of Advent at the earliest, and that when I do decide to put it on, it will stay
on until the season is officially over! Just wanted to say that.
Also, given that religion can be a heated topic, remember to be respectful to everyone if you choose to reply in this thread.