I get it. I really do. We like the buildup. We are consumers and purveyors of hype. But does that make it right?
Perusing my Facebook feed this morning, I saw a friend’s status that said it was time to take down the Halloween decorations and to put up the Christmas decorations. Not long after that, I looked through my Sunday newspaper and saw this among the circulars:
Isn’t this a bit much? For November 1st? Where is Thanksgiving?
I’m not one to wish time away, but it seems as though being excited about Christmas as soon as Halloween exits the stage seems a bit early. But it’s been going on for quite some time now—you can see it in what used to be Black Friday sales that begin on Thanksgiving night. You barely have time to digest your Thanksgiving meal, turkey or otherwise, before you put on your shopping armor to get out and get those pre-Christmas sales.
However, I’ve noticed a small bit of backlash. Folks are now saying that people should get Thanksgiving off, rather than rushing from the dinner table to be at work for the store opening that starts sometimes as early as 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving night. And you can find plenty of people (at least I have) who at least want the Thanksgiving dishes put away and time to enjoy the feast before getting geared up for the Yuletide season.
As for me, I don’t want to hear radio stations going all-Christmas songs until December 1st. I will compromise and allow it the day after Thanksgiving if I have to, but can’t we have a little break? Yes, I am aware some people disagree, and that is fine. But I have a problem with the holiday buildup growing by leaps and bounds. It was bad enough that when I walked into our local Wal-Mart the other day and heard the chorus of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. In the middle of October, with Halloween right around the corner?
Please…stop this madness. Let each holiday have its season. They don’t need to creep further and further up the calendar. What’s next? The Christmas buildup will start right after Labor Day? I’m sure it does in the stores…but do we have to play along?
I think the genie is already out of the bottle on this one though, and it won’t go back in. I’m sure I’m just spitting into the prevailing wind about this. After all, most of us love the hype and the buildup. Maybe it’s to take our minds off our troubles, and make us think happier thoughts of Christmases gone by, and new memories to come. Or maybe it’s something more sinister. Whatever it is, I wish it would cease—but I’m sure it won’t.