A Jacksonville, FL man lost his cool late Sunday evening after coming home work to find his wife had adorned the interior of their home with Christmas decor. The man, Jim Russel, was so outraged over the decorations that he lit ablaze the Christmas tree, mantle piece, and door wreath. Jim’s wife, Christina, told us they had argued over how early to put up the decorations just that very morning, and that she never imagined Jim doing something this drastic. When questioned on the reasons for his extreme actions, Russel responded, “I told that woman that if she put that Christmas stuff up this early, I was gonna burn everything to the ground…I guess she didn’t believe me.” Jim, is currently being held and awaiting trial for arson and his wife is currently filing for divorce.
This horrifying story begs the question of “How early, is too early?”. In a study conducted by an unknown source, people generally wait until the weekend just after Thanksgiving to decorate their homes. And, as a rule of thumb, this is an acceptable time to decorate. But, most retail stores have started putting out their Christmas merchandise a good 2-3 months before the last weekend of November. Are our local stores to blame for early Christmas decorators? What can we do to ensure these events do not happen in the future? And can we expect more early Christmas decoration disasters such as this? Only time will tell, but we must stay vigilant to ensure early decorators are stopped at all costs. Another incident such as this could spark an all new movement built to destroy the Christmas holiday we have all come to enjoy so much. And as such, a movement such as this has the potential to completely upend our unfettered American way of life.