Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
What ARE you doing December 26th?
By guest blogger Jennifer Fischer
Well, since we are one of the few countries who don’t celebrate December 26th, I doubt you are participating in Boxing Day festivities.
Perhaps you are one of the brave souls who head to a mall the day after Christmas… either to snap up some post-Christmas sales (who can pass up a Chia pet for 80% off?) or to return the P.J.’s Auntie Mary bought you that bring nothing but images of Aunt Clara’s gift in the Christmas Story:
You are probably NOT listening to Christmas carols unless they are on your computer, iPod, or other electronic device. You see, local radio stations are perfectly content to play “Have a holly jolly Christmas” when Halloween isn’t even upon us but Heaven forbid they should play “Silent Night” one minute into December 26th.
Or perhaps you are already taking down your Christmas tree, a strange tradition one of my aunts had. Even as a child, I could never quite understand why you would go through all the trouble of putting up decorations and a tree just to take everything down the day right after Christmas.
When I was growing up, it was tradition in our house to keep our tree up until January 8th, my grandma’s birthday. We always had holiday gatherings into January, including a birthday party for my grandma. Now that I have a home of my own, I keep this tradition to honor my grandma’s memory. And that isn’t the only reason.
I am one of the few people I know who feel that Christmas does NOT end at 12:00 midnight on December 25th. I wear red the entire month of December with a different Christmas pin for just about as many days in the month. I continue to play Christmas carols at home, in the car, and at work.
I just can not, for the life of me, understand why we feel Christmas is over on 12/25. If we follow that theory we should probably apply it to the PRE-Christmas preparations. Why can stores have Christmas decorations up when I’m buying candy for Trick-Or-Treat, but they can’t keep the trees up for fear that on December 26th shoppers will be clamoring for the latest in Valentines items?
Familiar with the Twelve Days of Christmas carol? There’s symbolism behind that song, people! Even if you are not Roman Catholic, the lyrics are not difficult to connect to the season of Epiphany. (First comes Advent leading up to the birth of Christ. Most people are familiar with that.) The season of Epiphany BEGINS with December 25th.
I’m not claiming to be the person who attends mass on every Holy Day in the Roman Catholic church. Actually I can’t even name all of them without some help from this website.
My point is that if we are sincere in celebrating the Christmas holiday in the truest sense of the word, we should not abandon our yuletide celebrations, glad tidings, or even egg nog, at the stroke of midnight on December 25th.
If I happen to bump in to you on December 26th, 27th, 28th, or through January 6th and I wish you a Merry Christmas, don’t look at me like I’ve lost my last marble. Smile, appreciate the greeting and wish me a Merry Christmas right back… and don’t think I’m getting a head start and referring to Christmas 2009.
UPDATE: I'm happy to hear that WMYX has decided to play Christmas music right through the weekend.