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Christmas season starts way too earlyPosted 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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