It's one of the most foreboding sounds for any suburban household: the rumbling of the garbage removal trucks coming down the street and you didn't put your weekly collection of trash and recyclables on the curbside.
And many Belmont residents were awoken on this day after Christmas not by shiegh bells but of the noise of trash collection trucks on their assigned rounds.
A day early, it turned out.
As one Belmont Patch reader noted in horror: "How come a garbage truck is stopping on my street? Did I miss the most important garbage day of the year? Help!"
And if there is a trash pickup most residents and commercial owner need to make is the day after Christmas with boxes, paper, broken wine glasses and what's left of the turkey carcass needing to be taken away.
According to a source in Belmont Town Hall, there was a "misunderstanding" with the collection company, Russell Disposal, as they did not refer to the collection calendar provided by the Belmont Department of Public Works that declared Dec. 26 as one of the few holiday Mondays when the collection process is moved back a day throughout town.
Both the town and Russell drivers noticed the mistake as nearly all the Monday collection streets were empty of trash and recycling containers.
The Town Hall employee said any street that was collected today will be serviced tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 27 as scheduled.