It’s that time of year again. K-mart has a quarter of the store decked in pine trees, Joy FM is playing Mariah Carey more (what might be more surprising is that Star isn’t) and people are moving on from thanksgiving, even before it has happened yet. It’s Christmas season.
Some people enjoy this early beginning to Santa time, but I can’t help but be slightly annoyed by it. It’s not even cold yet, let alone ready for winter (living in Buffalo, that says a lot), so why is it we’re starting off so early? At what point do we realize that it’s too early? I went to get Halloween lights in the middle of October, and all i could find was Christmas decorations! Not a single skeleton to spare (well, one was wearing a Santa hat, but that doesn’t count).
When we were younger, the big thing to watch was either Rudolph or the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, and what was the message Blockhead was trying to get through to people? That Christmas is becoming overly commercial! Years later, we’ve missed this point entirely (in fact, go to Rite Aid in a couple days, I guarantee you’ll find a replica of Charlie Brown’s little tree; trust me, I have one). Every year they throw up ads and jingle bells earlier and earlier, to the point where eventually they’ll be exploiting Santa’s Jolly Ho Ho Ho’s by Labor Day!
Now please don’t mistake me as nothing but a scrooge; I love the Christmas season. It’s a special time to meet up with family and give thanks for all we have in the world, but it takes the thunder out of it all when they spread it across a nearly three month span. So let’s put a hold on hanging that mistletoe for a few more weeks. Let’s give that turkey a chance to shine.