Here in the US, it’s become something of a national pastime to marvel at how commercialized our holidays have become, and cluck our tongues as the stores set out their Halloween/Thanksgiving/Hanukkah-and-Christmas displays earlier and earlier.
On some occasions, though, it doesn’t hurt to get a head start. One of my aunts, continuing a tradition my grandparents began, always sends a box of German Lebkuchen around this time of year; the cookies last well through December and I am very happy to have them.
I’m also glad to have the decorative storage tins they come in, which I hoard for various purposes. Most years, the tins feature some sort of traditional winter cityscape (cathedrals, snow). This year, I got a special “Artist’s Chest” with a painting by Egon Schiele. I can’t think of a better place to put my fountain pen inks, which are currently stacked loose on a shelf.
How early do your holidays start?