Photo by Ralph Lauer
It’s no longer a surprise to see Christmas decorations available in stores in September. The retail logic is that if someone sees something they like, they’ll go ahead and buy it. And then there’s that whole supply chain issue, which is still a thing. If you don’t buy the tree topper or stocking hanger now, it might not be around come November or December. The same goes for light installation. Wise clients book early, and that includes the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, which works yearly with the Christmas Company. A few years ago, install crews could be spotted right around Halloween with their safety vests and tall ladders. This year, we watched them work on a 100-degree day in September. And, yes, they were wearing long trousers and long-sleeve shirts. To avoid damaging the trees, the lights are wrapped and unwrapped each year, a laborious chore in any weather but heroic in the heat. To anyone who’s involved in making spirits bright this season, we salute you. The light show officially begins Nov. 25; look for nighttime testing in the weeks before that date.