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Christmas season starts way too early

Posted Friday, November 16, 2007, at 4:57 PM

Excuse me, but am I the only guy who thinks we need to re-think this rush to the upcoming Christmas season.

There is nothing wrong with getting into the holiday spirit, but seeing festive lights, tinsel and Yuletide decorations strung up before Thanksgiving is just wrong.

Decorations are everywhere -- in the stores, on television and even in our sacred sanctuary of an office.

I will admit the entire hullabaloo about a single holiday is pretty tough for an old Scrooge of a guy like me to take. Hey, I like Christmas, giving and receiving presents, and the tradition of this blessed and sacred Christian holiday, but some of the extra pomp and circumstance involved has me a little baffled.

The wonderful ladies in our office have already put together their little "Secret Santa" gift project -- passed out a questionnaire asking me what "scent" I like.

What kind of question is that?

They also want to know what my favorite candy bar is and laughed when I said this big, overweight guy likes any candy bar that is fat-free, sugar-free, cholestral-free and still tastes good.

I was asked my favorite color. They also want to know my favorite hobbies in hopes of getting some idea of what to buy for someone like me.

Well, good luck in that. Be advised in the gift buying department I am a serious work in progress. Just ask my family who has been trying for years to figure me out when it comes to gifts.

I'm not opposed to the idea of getting a little gift once a week during the "holiday" season that we used to call the Christmas season, but hey, do we really have to be thinking about it before I even thaw out my Thanksgiving turkey?

I also imagine that my fortitude and patience will soon be tested when endless Christmas carols start reverberating across the dial on my car radio, at home and in the confines of the office.

Ho Ho Ho!!!

This is something that's been creeping up on us for years, and I doubt if I'm alone in this.

Santa now arrives at the malls and department stores shortly after Halloween -- in some places even earlier.

Heck, he's already visited the Festival of Trees, a very worthwhile fundraising project for Shawnee Summer Theatre that is now on display at the Cooperative Extension Building at the fairgrounds.

Whatever happened to the little breather between holidays we had until the day after Thanksgiving -- the traditional start of Christmas shopping?

What I am seeing is ridiculous.

Am I the only one who remembers when Christmas really did come near the end of December and not in early November?

Traditionally, I wait until the week before Christmas to do a lot of my own gift buying because there is a special holiday spirit in the air. There is nothing like last-minute shopping -- rushing around to catch that just right gift for that special someone.

Now that is the real holiday spirit in my view.

I think we've gone too far with this business of rushing the holiday season. It's a good thing we don't go on a gift-giving spree for Thanksgiving or we might be buying our turkey dinner in early September.

This all begs the question of whether we can really maintain the true Christmas holiday spirit, as it stands now, for almost two months. And there's nothing to keep it from starting even earlier next year.

All I can say is, Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and it seems he likes to go trick-or-treating these days with the good little goblins at Halloween.

Nick is the assistant editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or 1-800-947-4487 or by e-mail at nschneider@gcdailyworld.com

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Mr. Schneider,

Your spot on, soon it will be Christmas in July! I wonder if all the economist will take into account the early rush to buy gifts BEFORE Thanksgiving when reporting consumer confidence spending in December this year?

-- Posted by hilljak on Fri, Nov 16, 2007, at 8:25 PM

I agree with you 100%. I too love the Christmas season, I just want that season to be at Christmas time. I hate going into stores when they have Christmas trees and goodies out before halloween is even over. I can remember as a kid being so excited to go to the stores after Thanksgiving just to see all the lights and trees. Now I dread it as it is there all too early. It is a shame that such a wonderful holiday has turned into nothing but a marketing technique.

-- Posted by hoosiermamma on Mon, Nov 19, 2007, at 4:01 AM

Too bad Mr. Schneider can't appreciate the good that goes along with the early Christmas spirit.

You don't have to buy into the commercialism -- you can just appreciate the beautiful decorations as a reminder to make the spirit of Christmas last a little longer.

And, don't be too hard on retailers trying to survive in a difficult economy. These same retailers employ lots of folks who depend on them for a paycheck.

Yes, the Festival of trees and Santa's visit may be a bit early for some, but then you don't have to attend if you don't want to. The Festival is an important fundraiser for the Greene County theater, but it's also a thank-you to the community. There is no admission charge and the children's activities and photos with Santa are free.

In this time of economic hardship for many Greene County families The Festival of Trees is a beautiful event that all may enjoy without worry about the cost. I think that's some needed Christmas spirit. Merry Christmas to all!

-- Posted by mks on Mon, Nov 19, 2007, at 11:02 PM

I have to agree with Nick and hoosiermamma on this one, we went to a local store the day after halloween and the workers there were wearing reindeer hats and santa hats and playing Christmas music, excuse me and as much as i like the Christmas season just as much as a little child, but they go from halloween to Christmas, I'm sorry but is there not a Thanksgiving in between the two, its a BIG shame that people cannot stop and recognize Thanksgiving. I usually don't respond to any stories, but I could not pass this one up, in my opinion i am sure God wants us to celebrate his Birthday, i mean that is what Christmas is all about, but i would think he would also want us to stop and give thanks, hmmm give thanks-Thanksgiving, by the way something else to think about first it is taking God out of our schools, now it is winter break not Christmas break, what is up with that are people that shallow minded, or that easily offended, that they have to delete the word Christmas?? I better shut up now before i say something that will offend someone. Sorry just my opinion. Or am I?

-- Posted by Givingthanks on Wed, Nov 21, 2007, at 9:18 AM

Christmas and Thanksgiving are what you make of them. If you want them to be meaningful make them that way -- don't allow anything to interfere. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

-- Posted by mks on Wed, Nov 21, 2007, at 10:06 AM

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