Seems like the presence or absence of the buffer November celebration doesn't sway the holiday timeline either way. The city has already held celebrations for the lighting of their Christmas lights, costumed characters traded their human statue digs for Santa outfits, and the shopping centers have assembled Christmas villages with their own "Department Store Santa." Our own reports from America, sent via
|Christmas Village at the Shopping Centre|
Aha! There's the reason we hear (from our small sample size) from our local friends and neighbors. There isn't a big November holiday to celebrate here in Ireland, so after Halloween (and October Bank Holiday,) Christmas is next on the calendar. We have heard from our local friends that the holiday festivities have been creeping up the calendar in the last few years. Soon, it is speculated, everyone will be hanging lights, wrapping gifts, eating mince pies, and sitting on Santa's lap on November 1st- just like home in Iowa!
Happy Holidays, everyone, no matter when you start the celebrations!