Archive for October 27, 2009

4 more days till Christma … I mean Halloween

Posted in Holiday, Nonsense on October 27, 2009 by Bob

Sorry, I wanted to enjoy the countdown to Halloween but this past weekend I was frozen in my tracks. I can’t remember if it happened this early last year. Maybe I just blocked it out of my memory as I try to do every year.

My wife and I were walking through the local Walmart looking for a few last minute Halloween costume accoutrements. We started walking toward the Halloween section that happened to be in the same direction as the Garden Center. Halfway down the isle I saw it and froze. I sighed deeply, hung my head and told my wife I was now officially depressed. She looked at me quizzically and I told her what I had seen.

Directly ahead of me, past the sliding doors, in full view of all who walked that way … a fully lit Christmas tree. A full week BEFORE Halloween and the Christmas displays are already out. Maybe they have been out for a while already. I do not know. I try not to even think about it yet. Not only was it out that early, but I was further depressed that it was a white Christmas tree. Having a fake tree is one thing, I have one myself, (sorry to the purists but I love the pre-lit feature) but a WHITE tree that obviously looks fake?

People complain about this every year I know, but I had to get it off my chest. I am not the most religious person in the world but even I think that Christmas has become too commercial. It has lost ALL meaning of what it is supposed to be. I will argue with people that there is no such thing as a “Hallmark Holiday” anymore. Everything is “Retail Holidays”.

I am not the first to lament the fact that our fore fathers founded this country, freed themselves from oppression, tried to keep a country united through vicious civil war … all so that we could buy mattresses on their birthdays.

I shouldn’t complain too much I suppose. I work in retail, sort of, so all of the sales keep me working. I wonder if the reason holiday sales keep going down year after year is because the damn holidays start earlier and earlier. If retailers didn’t suck the money out of holiday shoppers in September, maybe they could afford to buy things in December.

I am not blaming the retailers. I understand they need to sell. I just am upset that Christmas starts earlier and earlier. When Christmas in July really is the start of the season, I am not sure what I will do. Personally, the only reason I put out decorations as early as Thanksgiving weekend, is that it is the only time I usually have to do so. Did you know that people used to not even put up their Christmas trees until Christmas Eve?

The complaint actually could extend to Halloween. I have seen Halloween decorations go up as early as the middle of September. Not Fall decorations mind you, but full blown Halloween.

I think I should read more of the book I got for my birthday “How not to become a crotchety old man”. Well, now that I got that off my chest for another year, I am off to the Home Depot to buy a 30 ft. inflatable snow globe to put on my front lawn. I think maybe I will take a day off work this week and put up all my Christmas decorations before Halloween. I bet that would confuse the neighbor kids.  Maybe I will put out a Jack Skellington Santa so there is a little Halloween.

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