This little rant was from 2006 – If you want to read the rant, which seems relevant for any given year – read on!
HO HO HO Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all that C R A P.
Christmas comes earlier every year it seems and frankly, I’m getting tired of it.
I’ve gotten used to fall and winter catalogues in early summer, I’ve gotten used to Halloween at back to school shopping and I thought I’d gotten used to the Christmas ornaments taking up multiple aisles before the last trick-or-treater had been tucked into bed … but this is ridiculous. Yesterday, the 2nd day of fall, the 23rd of September, while out purchasing ‘flying insect spray’ I was bombarded with several aisles of Christmas decor and decorations.
Hey, I’m into the holidays as much as the next person. I truly enjoy the season and look forward to pretty much everything about it but come on people… IT’S SEPTEMBER for crying out loud. I haven’t even worn a sweater yet!
Frankly I’m tired of the commercialism. With 3 kids I do my best to limit the amount of television commercials they are exposed to because they just bring on the giant cases of ‘gimmie’s’ (even worse for my intense kids) but I thought I was safe bringing them to stores for at least another 5 to 6 weeks before Santa Fever kicked in but no. The push has already started. (Check out my parenting tip for dealing with “the gimmies”).
Who exactly are these stores targeting by putting this stuff at the front of the store right next to halloween costumes and trick or treat candy? It’s not the adults is it? It’s children. Your children and my children see this stuff in the stores and start with the Santa talk and ‘how many sleeps till Christmas” and the never ending “gimmie’s”.
As far as I’m concerned, it really sucks the joy out of the holidays for me. By the time the season actually arrives, I’m so tired of looking at it I can hardly wait for it to be over. This year I’m not going to let these over anxious merchandisers ruin my holidays. I will NOT be shopping at any store that has Christmas decorations out before October 31st. So Zellers – you’re off MY Christmas list!
Well, it’s 92 sleeps until Christmas (in case you were wondering). Start counting down – that’s what the stores want you to do! Or do what I’ll be doing. Steer clear of these stores – and maybe even write a letter to let them know of your displeasure.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead