Monday, November 10, 2008

It's Beginning to SOUND a Lot Like Christmas!

Don't get me wrong, I love the Christmas season. I love everything about it: The TV specials, the decorations, getting together with your nearest and not-so-dearest, the feeling of somewhat goodwill, not being able to find a parking space at the mall, and of course, the presents.

What I really dislike, however, is how our modern day culture starts cramming it down our throats way too early. I have not even finished eating all the candy our kids got for Halloween, and already 3 local radio stations have begun playing Christmas music 24/7! I love the tune, "Dominic the Christmas Donkey" as much as anyone, but it's hard to enjoy it when it's still 60 degrees outside.

I even think Perfect Wifey and I saw Christmas stuff up for sale at our local craft store in late August! (Why I was even in a craft store is a story for another day.)

Let's go back to the old days, where the "Holiday Season" started the day after Thanksgiving. Older readers will remember: you watched the Macy's parade on Turkey Day, then the the next day, the whole family went to the local shopping center to look at the holiday decor and visit the chronic alcoholic impersonating Santa Claus. Then you dutifully wrote a letter to Santa, with a detailed list of the various gifts you wished to receive. This letter was then deposited in the trash by your parents.

I would end with this rant with a plea to major retailers and media outlets to put a soft pedal on their big Christmas push, but I know it will be to no avail. I'm sure we'll soon see Christmas sales in April.

So, let me be the first to say: HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!!

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Blogger Sharon G. said...

You're right! Everything is faster now. Sign of the times I guess.

The real test will be when the first Christmas special will air on TV. If the Grinch comes on before Thanksgiving, I'll be pretty upset!

BTW: Love the drawing!

November 10, 2008 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger Maggie's Mom said...

Amen. As with specials on DVDs - this early stuff takes away some of the magic.

Glad to be one of the nearest & dearest who will be enjoying the holidays chez-White :)

November 10, 2008 at 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found your comments today especially offensive. I happen to BE a professional Santa and maintain the HIGHEST professionalism in my work. I believe that in the eyes of each child who visits me, I represent...wait a minute...bluraaaaggghhh...
yaaroooofff...uuuuhh...pardon me, uh, must be stomach flu...again.

Anyway, I , uh, hey you wouldn't have any cough medicine or sterno or something would you?

November 14, 2008 at 8:30 PM  

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