I’m Already Over Christmas in October
Over commercialization is the destroyer of Christmas spirit
As a kid, I loved Thanksgiving more than any other holiday. It was the one day of the year that the entire family got together. If anyone ever missed for any reason, they felt the wrath of my itty bitty grandmother who would have struck fear in the heart of Adolph Hitler. It was also a day of food (my husband calls it “the feeding trough”), fun, football, and being grateful.
The day after Thanksgiving was when the adult women got together and rode into town, only to return 12 hours later with their vehicles filled to the brim. This was before the time of fist-fighting over things that we “had to have” after just being so thankful for what we already had.
It wasn’t until around mid-November that Christmas decorations and novelties started to be placed on the shelves and it wasn’t all out “Christmas City” until the 1st of December. Of course, Christmas wasn’t strictly for the purpose of businesses making money back then either. There was still emphasis placed on the religious meaning of the holiday, charity, goodwill, and the importance of being with family and those you loved.
I’ve noticed over the years that Christmas décor seems to be sneaking it’s shimmering self into retailers a bit earlier every year. This year, apparently we can’t even thoroughly enjoy Halloween before the pumpkins and scarecrows are pushed away by sleighs and snowmen. It makes me want to vomit honestly.
Last week, my son decided that he wanted to decorate for Halloween like our neighbors. I had never really decorated for Halloween, I usually just go with a general fall theme, so I had no Halloween decorations on hand. No problem, it’s mid-October, I’ll just run and get some. Wal-Mart (the devil) has nothing. They have some costumes and candy buckets and and such, and maybe our Wal-Mart just sucks, but there were NO Halloween decorations. NONE. NADA. So I go to a couple more random stores. NO LUCK.
I finally stopped by the Dolla Gentral (Dollar General for you more sophisticated folks) and Hallelujah! There was a whole sixteenth of an aisle dedicated to Halloween. The other two and a half aisles were already overtaken by ugh, Christmas. Trees, tinsel, bags, reindeer, snowmen, Santas, bows, glitter and sparkles every-freaking-where. It already looks like the North Pole threw up. There I am with my two bags of faux spider webs and a cardboard vampire cut out, completely disgusted.
I guess next year all the red, white & blue, fireworks, and Uncle Sams need to scoot over to make way for Kris Kringle and Rudolph. Actually, why take the Christmas herpes down at all?? Just leave it up the entire year. We can put some bunny ears on Frosty and make all the elves gobble.