I've said it before and I'll say it again. There is nothing better than heading out in mid-October with the excitement of Halloween in your heart only to find that half the costume aisle is now filled with little Santa figurines.
Ah, yes, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Already. In mid-October. God bless big business.
Now I'll admit that Christmas is by far my favorite holiday. In fact, I love it so much, I thought I could never get enough of it.
Turns out I was wrong.
It's bad enough that Christmas already impedes on Thanksgiving (the holiday equivalent of the ugly step-sister who can never seem to outshine her beauty queen sister Christmas). But now they are messing with my Halloween, that holiday that is all about the fright, the ugly, the dark. And unless Santa is holding a chainsaw and dressed like Jason, I don't want to see his roly-poly little face until December.
I can only imagine what it's going to be like in a few years if this trend keeps going.
"Excuse me ma'am, would you like a candy cane with your fireworks?"
Or perhaps "Happy Groundhogs Day, honey! Here's a fruitcake."
To make it even worse, stores are now using subliminal messages to get us in the holiday spirit, those sneaky, little (insert insulting bad word of your choice here). Since they know how much it irks the public that Christmas keeps creeping up on us earlier and earlier, they are changing their tactics, accoring to a story in the New York Times.
And I quote: "Eager to expand the holiday shopping season without provoking consumers, retailers are experimenting with a novel approach: earlier-than-ever advertising that deliberately plays down the tinsel and holly."
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I say we need to put a stop to this. Christmas is Christmas because it comes but once a year, not because we celebrate it for three solid months. Who's with me?
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