Forget the war on Christmas. What about the war on
I like Christmas as much as the next person -- okay, I like
presents and ‘A Christmas Story – but it seems like the holiday is thrust upon
us earlier and earlier every year – so much so that Thanksgiving is barely
What am I talking about?
I’m talking about stores putting up their Christmas displays
before Halloween has even hit. I’m not joking. I saw two different stores – one
a department store and the other a home repair shop – that had their Christmas
trees up the week of Halloween.
Forget the fact that the stores essentially rushed my
favorite holiday out of the spotlight faster than it deserved – but they just
pretended that Thanksgiving doesn’t even exist and bypassed it. I guess there aren’t enough
gift tie-ins to justify celebrating Thanksgiving.
Then, of course, there’s non-stop Christmas music – in early
I’m not going to even pretend I like Christmas music. That wouldn’t
be honest. Still, hearing it 24 hours a day for two months straight on not one
but two local radio stations is just too much. Seriously, it’s too much.
The truth of the matter is - -no matter how many different
artists do covers on holiday songs – they’re still the same songs. They’re just
dressed up in a slightly different package. It’s like pretending that holiday
M&Ms are different than regular M&Ms because of the color.
I’ve already heard Mariah Carey spouting off about what she
wants for Christmas at least 20 times this year – and it is mid-November folks.
Of course, I’d rather hear that than that ridiculous Christmas shoes song -- which
makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Who brings their dying mother shoes when
she can’t even get out of bed?
That brings us to the stores that are actually opening for early Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving night.
Now, don't get me wrong, I know a lot of people will be itching to get away from their families at this point, but doesn't it strike anyone as odd that we're essentially cancelling half of Thanksgiving just to get an early jump on shopping for Christmas?
I hear pundits constantly complaining about the war on
Christmas. But, from my perspective, Christmas is thriving.
I get that people are upset about the commercialization of
the holiday more than anything else – but I’m really sick of the over-saturation.
One of my cousins was lamenting the fact that Thanksgiving
is her favorite holiday – and it’s completely ignored anymore. I get her point.
Let’s make a new rule shall we? No Christmas trees, lights
or music (especially music) until the day after Thanksgiving.
I still think that’s too much Christmas “cheer” on the radio
stations – but all compromises have to start some place.
What do you think? Did Christmas come too early this year?