I know I’m not the only one who has noticed but it seems our favorite holidays start earlier and earlier. Sometimes that is grand! Other times, to be quite frank, it’s getting on my nerves. Seriously. I remember when October rolled around they were already setting up Thanksgiving decorations, which is fine and understandable; they were also doing this the month prior, September, which is ALSO fine and gearing up for Christmas by clearing out the inventory in the Garden Center of the local Wal-mart. Toward around the end, Fall and Christmas were dominating the Halloween scene.
Which vex’ me a bit, but still not a big deal since I knew Thanksgiving was just around the corner and the fall stuff works with Halloween because it’s during our time for final Harvest.
No; my beef is when they play Christmas music in November and it’s before Thanksgiving. I don’t mind AFTER Thanksgiving but you play my holiday cheer music before Thanksgiving, all I want to do is find the Manager and tell them to turn it off and play the radio. I am so SICK and tired of my holidays not having much of a chance to say, “Hi! Hello! It’s me again. How are- HEY!” *holiday 1 gets shoved out by next holiday coming up* “Hello again! Remember me? I’m here too! What have-” *gets shoved out by holiday 3* “How you doin?! Long time no see!”, in short – this is exactly how it feels.
I want to be able to enjoy my holidays separately, thank you. I like celebrating them separately. I like to do my Christmas-Birthday Wish-list in October if I can, but that doesn’t mean I want to hear Christmas music at the beginning of November or even in October for that matter. To be honest, the fact that retailers are trying to get an early start on some of my favorite holidays is killing my cheer, specifically my “Christmas Cheer“. I know I’d get especially “Giddy” when December 1st would roll around. Not only is December the time for Christmas but it is the month for many other sacred holidays-traditions AND – my birthday.
So December has always been a pretty special month and held a very special place in my heart (also because it’s most likely to SNOW in December for us Washingtonians, yay!). But the Commercial Industry is starting to seriously suck out my holiday cheer and forcing me to feel a little more “Scrooge-like” and maybe a touch “bitter“. They are all concerned about the money (yeah, yeah, I know it’s their “job” to do that, but still) whereas, people like me, want to think about the reasons for the season, why we have this “good cheer“, what this season represents, the heart-felt traditions and customs and not to mention – the magic(k).
I still want to be my “St. Nickolas’ Wee Elf Lass” of “Holiday Cheer and fun“. I still want to feel like singing a Christmas song is a wonderful thing, but either the Commercial Industry needs to start making some much needed changes in the stores we shop in OR – they risk getting some very angry complaints from people like me. I haven’t done this yet mind you, because I try to be tolerant and try to avoid going into the stores that play the Holiday music too early.
In any case, what are some tips, tricks or suggestions you can make for people like myself who are trying to keep their “Holiday Cheer”. I’d really like to hear some ideas and suggestions from out there in the grand ole web!
Thus concludes our rant of the evening. Thank you for reading and as always…
~Merry part and merry may we meet again, bright blessings – Namaste~
- How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Holidays (margaretadopts.wordpress.com)
- 9 Christmas Albums That Won’t Make You Want to Punch an Elf (entertainment.time.com)
- The Great Christmas Music Debate (byu.uloop.com)
- Christmas Music: Too Soon? (reddevilreview.com)
- Christmas Compromising (thekeyofkels.com)
- “happy holidays” vs. “merry christmas” (sarahreflects.com)
- Holiday Safety – “Take A Second To Be Safe!” (ehssafetynews.com)