Joy is a good thing. So if Christmas may come but once a year, November 8 is as good a time as any. More tinsel, more lights, more holiday cheer in the Square. Thanksgiving be damned.
But Cambridge could do so much more. Why not leave the lights up all year round, just changing the colors and formations from time to time? And the mailboxes--why not decorate them each month with a decalcomamium picturing a saint whose day happens to fall in that month? Or with pictures of local businessmen? Nor should the animal kingdom be left out of the holiday spirit.
Why think small--the whole community could join in to dramatize local events. The week of the Yale game, the Cambridge police might be togged out in face-masks and moleskins. Or in caps and gowns, during Commencement week. Not to forget Santa Claus, come Christmastime. In early November, of course.