Dress-up time has come to an end. Halloween is over. It’s always a bit sad for me even though I’m not such a Halloween fan. It’s like I wilt a little, because I know what’s coming.
After the crash of Halloween, come November 1, the consumer world starts to go a bit crazy. No, it’s not that American Thanksgiving is coming and everyone is buying turkey and pumpkins. It’s the start of open season on Christmas, where worshipers, revelers, Hallmark, and credit card companies all warm their hands at the fire and wait.
The day after Halloween, people start counting down the days til Christmas. Is there no time to pause and wait for baby Jesus to arrive on his own? You can’t rush a birth, as much as most second-time mothers will tell you they’d like to get it over with. When the baby is ready he will come on his own. Unless he’s overdue, and then you need to get on your ass and ride over to the nearest OR. Baby Jesus had three wise men to bring him gifts and they were wise enough to wait until the night before.
November 1st is too early to start decking the halls. People put up decorations, and string up lights. I like the lights, especially when they reflect on the snow so brightly. But in the dark dreary days of November, and not yet the libation-drinking and days off, no amount of pretty light is going to make time go faster.
There should be a moratorium on Christmas music as well. You can’t start singing about decking the halls and silent nighting, when we are all still in a candy coma. You can go to most drug stores, which pipe the tra-la-la too early, and be inundated with Christmas decorations on one side of an aisle and discount Tootsie rolls, Rockets and no-peanut chocolate bars on the other. Where is the balance? You can’t decide between stocking up on just-in-case emergency chocolate bars (on discount!) or being swayed by the subliminal music to get a jump-start on stockings and shiny balls for your tree.
I like Christmas, don’t get me wrong. But I don’t need it crammed down my throat. I know when it is. I know that it comes the same time, even the same day, every year. Let’s not water-down a good holiday (whether you celebrate it or not) by spreading it out.
Buying decorations in late October will not make me feel more cheery two months later. Then you are just creating a blended non-holiday with a strange ghostly beginning and an odd gift-giving end, increasing stress (more shopping days!!), and we’ll start saying Boo at Christmas. I don’t think this is what Baby Jesus was hoping for either.
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