Signs Christmas is approaching......

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  1. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    I had this idea since I was wishing everyone a Good Friday morning in the Fiddelback forums and November is upon us.......and by that we are starting to see signs of Christmas approaching. I went to Cracker Barrel and BOOM.....all the Christmas things!!!! What memories or events or things do you see that means Christmas is just around the corner? I had asked my aunt who is close to 80, what she remembers, she said it varies since she moved around in Michigan, she said they would go to a Hudsons A and saw Santa, and she knew he would go to their house Christmas because he lived in their neighborhood. She said those times were the late 40s.

    My turn, we would go see my aunt for Thanksgiving break in Lititz, PA, then we would see Santa riding around town on a fire engine, with the lights and sirens going. I knew it would not be long before we would also wait to see him in a little shack set up in an alley off Main Street. My timing might be off a bit, but I know it was colder.

    Around our house, we would break out and set up the family artificial Christmas tree, probably from the early sixties with colored holes on the wooden pole where the corresponding branches would go to make sure it was the correct shape. Then we would untangle the lights and place the colored 4 watt bulbs. And finally after the ornaments, we would get out the tinsel (which we saved from year to year) and drooped it over the tree, while listening to a Christmas album with all the old classics.

    It doesn't have to be as detailed as that, but what do you remember? Oh yeah, all the catalogs would come with all the toys......Printed catalogs!!!
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  2. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
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  3. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    Thanksgiving is approaching, not Christmas.
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  4. Ironbut

    Ironbut Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2016
    Awwww, man! I thought you were going to tell me that Hallmark Channel started the Christmas movies.
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  5. Shorttime


    Oct 16, 2011
    Relatable feels, right here. My wife watches Hallmark Cotton Candy Channel all friggin' year. They've been spamming That Holiday since, I think... June...?

    One of the signs for me is when SMKW sends out the really thick mail-order catalog. Happened about two weeks ago. Another one will show up, mid-November, or so, and some time in December, there will be the one with the big text on the cover letting you know that you need to order your Frost Cutlery RIGHT NOW, to have it in time for Christmas.
  6. Basp2005


    Dec 6, 2015
    All that comes to mind when I associate Christmas with knives are those $20 wal-mart gift sets that come with a knife, flashlight, machete, tomahawk, and keychain. They all look so tempting but deep down I know it's junk. But I still look every time I go by.
  7. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Since it's Nov 1st, I'm okay with signs of Christmas in stores and so forth. September is too early even though I was already buying presents or the early planning for such.
  8. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    I ordered myself a Christmas present from Russia a couple of weeks ago. I told my wife I'd give it to her to wrap when it comes in and that I was set for Christmas, and she seemed pretty good with that.
  9. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    What I remember most was how annoyed my family was ( including myself ) that Halloween was just yesterday, Thanksgiving was almost a whole month away, and they had alrighty started selling Christmas decorations.
    Because sure Christmas was technically approaching, but you could have said that about any day of the year.
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  10. kjd2121


    Jun 17, 2008
    I remember my parents would get out the cannister vacuum and reverse the hose so it would blow White Flock on the fresh Christmas tree. It was a mess, but the tree looked like it had snow on it Probably around 1971 ish.
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  11. Uncle Timbo

    Uncle Timbo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 2005
    Um, I can tell because my place of work asked me if I'd play Santa at our Childrens Christmas party for the 15th time. I usually see 200 to 300 kids.
    ho, Ho, HO!
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  12. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    You would not know it by the stuff in the stores!! :D Not too many Pilgirm sweaters or turkey platters on sale for half off.
    Here is a bit of trivia.....did you know Jingle Bells was originally written to be a Thanksgving song rather than a Christmas song?
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  13. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    That has happened a long time ago......too late. :p I think that happens when they break out the new limited edition ornaments for the stores.
    Another sign of the approaching holidays.....when you are choosing which knife to carve up the turkey with......and what pocket knife to carry to church....and which one to open all the packages and break them down again. Wait, this happens now anyway.
  14. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    The Frost cutlery in the limited edition knife in a metal truck. I have to admit, I almost bought one for the truck. Now if we could get a Boy Scout knife in a two tone Studebaker truck would be awesome.
  15. Monofletch

    Monofletch Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    One of the FM radio stations here goes 24/7 Christmas music soon. They are already advertising the “guess when” contest.
    Last year it was the week of Thanksgiving
  16. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I haven't seen those. But there is a certain knife store in East Tennessee that carries such things. As far as trucks go.... a number of years ago I bought a Colt Truck for display purposes. It was quite nice. No knives or guns came with it, but it was expensive.

    If you need tree decorations and you're selective, I would suggest you buy this month. As Christmas approaches, things get pretty picked over. People often put up or decorate their tree indoors right after Thanksgiving. I enjoy the tree. But we use a tall Norfolk Island Pine (house plant) for the last three or four years. Last year, it was our only tree as it was getting nearly 8 feet tall with the pot. The Norfolk Island Pine started out as the "little tree" in the kitchen, but it kept growing.
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  17. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    I can do without the Christmas music starting Nov 1st, as some stations do, and I think they are waiting later to start the holiday music. I like it on or after Thanksgiving, and start putting up the tree and decorations then too. I do have to admit, I am humming a few carols already.
  18. Daniel Dorn

    Daniel Dorn Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 1999
    My wife just barely broke out the Fall decorations. She'll give it a good solid month and then the Christmas bins make their way out of the garage. The Monday after Thanksgiving we go full blown Christmas. All the other Holidays fit into 2 bin . Christmas is 5 bins by itself. She has already been making us listen to her favorite CD s.
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