You knew this had to happen. I have to rant about the proliferation of Christmas-crap so long before Christmas.
Christmas ads on TV a week before Halloween? I walked into one store to contemplate procuring candy corn on the evening of 30 October…and found the Halloween decor already consolidated to 2 aisles (from the 6 there the previous week), and the Christmas seasonal shit full stocked and displayed.
Just today I went out to pick up a few things with my visiting mother and by the end of our relatively short shopping excursion I was already at critical levels on my Christmas music absorption. One more R&B version of “Let it Snow” and I was going to go postal on the store’s sound system. I’m going to revise my general feeling about Christmas music from “It shouldn’t be played until after the Thanksgiving meal is consumed” to “It shouldn’t be played until after the Thanksgiving meal is consumed, unless it’s an R&B version of ‘Let It Snow’ in which case it should not be played at all. Ever.”
It’s not that I hate Christmas. I love Christmas. I am ALL ABOUT Christmas (just not the shopping part). Being a pseudo-almost-Christmas-baby I have embraced the holiday. But, we get so few real holidays in this country, I hate to see one obliterated by the others. In this case, the encroachment of Christmas means Thanksgiving gets the shaft. Other than marking a significant day for the U.S. retail community, and a heinous time for travel, it’s completely overlooked. I’d love to see it moved to early October, like Canada’s Thanksgiving, although even that is too close to the Halloween juggernaut to ensure the safety of the turkey’s day.
Is it really too much to hope that one day we can regain some ground and get back to appreciating each and every holiday we get?