If you've ever watched cable, you've likely come across those ever-popular shows that follow people with an offbeat passion. A common one, at least according to the television dial, is celebrating, or at least observing, a particular holiday throughout the year, and not just during that holiday's typical season or month.
The people with the year-round Thanksgiving decorations? Or Halloween lights? Yep. They love it, and we love them for loving it.
And while most of us don't keep Christmas trees up past New Year's Day, we don't mind being reminded that a chillier time is ahead filled with, if not snowflakes and ice, then cooler temperatures and far more frippery than summer provides.
What to do, where to go and what to see
Tickets went on sale this week for a certain famous holiday ballet. Nope, this is not a "Christmas in July" one-offs but rather stage shows actually scheduled for December. You can plan six months down the road, right? Will seeing those tickets on the front of your fridge cool you down?
The Los Angeles Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker" is now on sale. The venues? The Alex in Glendale, The Dolby in Hollywood, UCLA's Royce Hall, and the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Date one is Dec. 6, the final show is Dec. 28, and if you know when your visitors are due (and thus need something fun to do), best book 'em now.
And at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa? The holiday treats are ready for you to peruse, though on-sale dates are yet to be announced. Judy Collins: Holidays and the Hits, "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas -- The Symphony Tour, and Fiesta Navidad with Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano are all on the tinsel-bedecked roster.
We're all warned against making our holidays too hectic. Maybe buying tickets ahead of time -- even a half year ahead of time -- is the solution?
Or perhaps we should just observe the yuletide year-round? Either we, we now have the songs of the Grinch in our head. You, too? Merry Christmas, in July.