Would You Celebrate Christmas in January?
Take a minute to think about all the people you work with, all the people you see at the mall or even all the people in your own family. According to an article in the Washington Post, six percent of all people will celebrate Christmas this year in January. That is one in every seventeen people. I have to be honest with you , the more I think about it, the more I can't believe that number isn't much higher.
The largest reason for the "January Christmas" is money. I tried to think about all the different ways you could save money but celebrating in January. Obviously, if you buy your gifts after Christmas you can save a lot of money with all the inventory reduction sales. You also can get huge mark downs on all the things you need to wrap and decorate, sometimes up to 80% off. Think about other ways to save with Christmas in January, how about airfare for those coming in from out of town, or the savings on Christmas dinner. It really does all seem to add up to a pretty big savings.
The only thing I think that may hold you back from moving your holiday celebration is the fact that it isn't about gifts, or dinner or even family from out of town, you may say "Hey Sean, Jesus is the reason for the Season!" You would be correct but let's be honest, the odds that Jesus was actually born on December 25th is about 364 to 1. The fact of the matter is the Christians or yore picked December 25th so it would compete with the Pagan winter festivals.
So, I don't know, maybe it's food for thought to save a lot of money next year. These days it seems every dollar counts, I'm all about tradition but I'm even more so about paying the rent. Merry Christmas, no matter when you're celebrating it this year.