Merry… Halloween?

I know every year it seems as if Christmas comes earlier and earlier.  Last year I was appalled to see that Santa was allowed to come to the local mall BEFORE Thanksgiving.  Tonight, however, sealed the deal.  I walked into the mall to return some pants at Old Navy and lo and behold, I was looking up at a large stocking decoration hanging among various banners and other Christmas decorations.  While Santa is not due to make his appearance until next Fri. his visiting area was already set up.  I was livid and proceeded to text my boyfriend, mom and sister to vent.

I love Christmas.  I am the biggest Christmas loving non-Christian I know.  It’s not even Christmas Day I love; it’s the entire season.  It’s the decorating, the baking, the gift buying, and just the entire feeling that there is magic in the air.  I love the music, the lights, the food, and the surprise on people’s faces when opening gifts. 

I am a firm believer though that the Christmas season does NOT start until midnight on Thanksgiving Day.  I will turn any radio station that begins playing Christmas music prior to this starting time, and loathe any store that plays it before then.  I don’t recall ever buying a gift prior to Black Friday (though I refuse to shop with all the crazies that day) either.  Not a single Christmas decoration will be put up in my house until Black Friday at earliest; a tradition that began at my parents’ house despite my dad saying every year that he should’ve hung the lights outside weeks prior when it was warmer. 

There are so many people who dislike Christmas, who chastise it for its consumerism, greed and commercialism.  I feel as if the holidays were allowed to be celebrated in the order that they occur then maybe people wouldn’t feel this way.  If people weren’t bombarded with Christmas decorations before Halloween arrives or Santa showing up before Thanksgiving, maybe then they would actually be able to look forward to the holiday instead of wishing for it to end sooner. 

It’s a nice thought, but I know big money hungry corporations would never see to that.  Why they think turning the Christmas season into a 3 month long one is a good idea is beyond me.  Most people I know wait until Black Friday for the sales before they begin shopping, and plenty of people still wait until the weekend before Christmas or even Christmas Eve to do their shopping. 

There is still hope though.  If people refuse to be “sucked in” to the notion that Christmas is nothing more than spending money on the most gifts or most expensive ones then maybe they’ll get to enjoy the holiday magic that I do.  I’d encourage the Christmas haters to ignore the holiday until Black Friday.  Then, instead of feeling compelled to go shopping and spend oodles of money, write out a Christmas card to a family member or friend.  Bake some homemade cookies.  Dig out some old family ornaments to hang on the tree.  Watch a Christmas classic like Frosty the Snowman.  If anything else, find some quality time to enjoy the company of those you love.  That is what the true spirit of Christmas is.

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