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Christmas is my favorite time of year, so I decided to make it last as long as possible now that I’ve got my own place and I’m not having to accept money from my parents every time my rent is due (Oh, college…).

So on Saturday, after Halloween was over and I felt I gave fall the love and appreciation it deserves, I spent an exorbitant amount of money on the first Christmas decorations that are my very own.

I documented my decorating spree on social media and received some mixed reviews. Responses ranged from “Slow your yuletide roll, Cabe” and “This makes me sad” to “You are the best. Everyone else judges me for similar activities.”

I understand the problem some have with skipping over Thanksgiving or rushing into possibly the most commercial and stressful holiday ever, but I don’t buy into that. Thanksgiving was just never a huge celebration in my family, and my Christmas tree isn’t stopping others from celebrating however they want — or don’t want. And Christmas has never been stressful for me because I don’t let it. Presents are nice and all, but some of my favorite gifts have been hand-made or even mix CDs that cost the giver next to nothing.

What I love about Christmas is how much closer it makes me feel to the people I love. When I was a kid, I would go shopping with each member of my family, and I loved keeping gifts a secret surprise. On Christmas Eve, my sister and I are allowed to open one present — an appetizer, if you will. And to this very day, I wake up at an ungodly hour, jump on my 28-year-old sister’s bed and yell, “It’s Christmas! It’s Christmas!” before making sure my parents are up and getting their morning coffee on the pot.

I’m still the youngest; if I don’t do it, who will?

Being away from home during the holidays is not ideal, so maybe I overcompensated by putting a tree up on Nov. 1. But when I come home from work and see my own little winter wonderland, it reminds me that I’ll be with my family soon for the most wonderful time of the year.

Friday

While the Vaudeville Theatre gears up for its holiday show run, which begins Nov. 28, it’s keeping the valley entertained with myriad special events. Tonight, don’t miss their stand-up comedy night at 7 p.m. The evening, hosted by comedian Kevin O’Brien, will feature big belly laughs from comic duo Nathan Lund and Bobby Crane, who make up half of the celebrated comedy gang The Fine Gentleman’s Club. The 18+ show will have mature content, so leave the kiddos at home for this one. Tickets are $25 per person. Call 970-945-9699 to make a reservation.

Saturday

The Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS) presents “Little Shop of Horrors,” one of the quirkiest and most beloved musicals of all time, and Saturday is your last chance to see it at the CRMS Barn in Carbondale. The musical follows Seymour Krelborn, a shy floral assistant who comes across a crass, R&B-singing plant that promises him fame and fortune as long as he keeps feeding it blood. The darkly funny musical starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 18 and younger.

Sunday

If you’re thinking to yourself, “Man, I just don’t have enough options for musicals this weekend,” I’ve got one more for you: “Nunsense” at the Wheeler Opera House. Winner of the Outer Critics’ Circle awards for the best off-Broadway musical, “Nunsense” follows five nuns who are staging a variety show fundraiser so they can bury four of their dead sisters who passed away from botulism from eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia, Child of God. The show runs through Nov. 16, but this Sunday matinee will save you a couple bucks with tickets priced at $18 for adults and $14 for children. For more information, visit http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com/events/detail/nunsense.

Jessica Cabe already has a wreath hanging on her door, and she’s sure her neighbors can hear her singing along to Mariah Carey’s Christmas album. She can be reached at jcabe@postindependent.com.


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