Okay, it’s getting ridiculous. The Christmas season, or as the politically correct like to call it, the holiday season, is coming earlier and earlier every year. Have you noticed? This year I saw Christmas ads on television even before Halloween was over.
Stores like Hobby Lobby and Michael’s have stocked their Christmas aisles beginning in the summer for years, but I tend to forgive them since they market their products to crafters and people who need to make or sell Christmas products themselves.
But department stores? Really? As a result of this early marketing, or as a coincidence maybe, I have seen homes lately with their Christmas lights already up and burning.
I have nothing against Christmas. Don’t get me wrong. It’s my favorite time of year. But I like to think about it, enjoy it, in its proper context. AFTER Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving has gotten lost in the advertising flurry of Halloween and Christmas. Thanksgiving earns no money for department stores, so they have to figure out ways to lure customers in as early as possible.
Many have resorted to staying open on Thanksgiving Day or opening in the early evening. Opening at midnight or 7:00 a.m. the next morning isn’t early enough.
Black Friday madness isn’t enough.
Thirty or so days between Thanksgiving and Christmas aren’t enough.
Remember when stores were closed on Sundays? Not so long ago. Wow, times have changed.
The Christmas shopping frenzy has become so ridiculous that the kings of ridiculous, Saturday Night Live, chose the subject for a skit last weekend.
Mr. Senior (a.k.a. Kenan Thompson) protests the early encroaching of Christmas upon the Thanksgiving season. If you missed it, you should watch. It rings so true.
We should all take Mr. Senior’s advice: give thanks and stop and smell the stuffing. Just don’t steal Santa hats and Salvation Army bells!