And so it's Christmas...
Well, LITTLE Christmas, to be exact. We're celebratin' Little Christmas at my house, today.
The thing is, when Peepers was growin' up, her Papa Peep never let the Christmas tree be taken down 'til after January 6th, otherwise known in her house as Little Christmas. That was the rule. That was the law. It was enforced by Papa Peep.
So now, now that Peepers is in charge...
Right after ME.
So now that Peepers is in charge, the rule stays almost the same. Tree stays up 'til Little Christmas, and we put the lights on every night 'til, and includin', then.
But Peepers does it a little differently than Papa Peep. Papa Peep always said the tree had to stay up 'til Little Christmas, and then should come down right afterwards. Peepers, on the other paw, just says it has to stay up 'til Little Christmas, without ever givin' a date for takin' it down, so...
So come February, if our Christmas tree is still up, Peepers will explain, "Well it HAD to stay up until Little Christmas, you see."
Apparently, that reason can be given at ANY time of year, includin' right up to the spring.
I've seen it happen.
But even Peepers hesitates to light the lights up once we pass, say...
Middle of February or Valentine's Day.
APPARENTLY, Peepers does not have the conviction of her character, so to speak, so even if the tree is still up a whole month or more after Christmas, she's a tad embarrassed of the fact if the neighbours see the lights through the window, but...
But if questioned 'bout the tree still bein' up on Valentine's Day, I can absolutely guarantee what Peepers will say: Well it HAD to stay up until Little Christmas, you see.
Yup, I've heard her say exactly that as late as February 21st.
I'm just hopin' Little Christmas means an extra biff bag or nip mouse or bag of treats might come my way.
And spendin' one more night safely indoors and away from the crowds, gazin' up at the tree while high on the nip and stuffed full of treats, is A-Okay ALRIGHTY by me.
Remember to mask up, too.