As Josh and I went out today to the grocery store and the mall, we were utterly surprised and slightly disgusted by the enormous push for Christmas, already. Kroger had giant ornaments hanging from the ceiling, Christmas music playing, Christmas decorations up every aisle. It was everywhere! As I listened to the music as I pushed Lisa down the aisles, I started to sing along, but then I always stopped short; it really just felt wrong, which is saying something for me. I will occasionally sing a Christmas tune here and there, no matter time of year, but when the song is for real trying to get me stoked for the Christmas season, it caused me distress. It’s not Christmas yet! It’s not even December! Heck, it’s the first week of November, and was a gorgeous fall day to boot! It is too early to be thinking about that.
Not only did we get bombarded with Christmas time at the grocery store, but also at the mall. First, the place was packed. Second, Santa was already at the mall and kids were already sitting on his lap and getting their picture taken! WHAT? Seriously?? Plus the mall blasted Christmas music and decorations, just like many of the stores lining the mall. Again I felt unready for the Christmas cheer. It’s the 5th of November! November has just begun yet we have completely overlooked the beautiful fall we still have remaining and decorated with snowflakes, mistletoe, stockings, and Christmas trees…
I love the fall! I love the fall colors! And I love Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday! What really seems to irk me is that stores overlook this wonderful holiday, because as Josh put it, it helps their bottom line. Do you think they sell more for Thanksgiving or Christmas? Of course it’s the latter.
I love Christmas. I love Christmas music. I love giving presents, singing carols, decorating the Christmas tree, hanging the stockings with care, making cookies, the whole shebang. But, oh how I do love the fall, Thanksgiving, and our wedding anniversary. Christmas will last over a month all by itself and I will cherish every second of it, but I just can’t stand the over zealous selling of goods to family, parents, kids, teachers, every one! It makes me feel like I need to spend, spend, spend! It makes me yearn for things we can’t afford and I don’t like that. Gifts are not the reason for celebrating Christmas and so much of this push just makes me feel sad.
So, please enjoy the beautiful fall weather, the changing colors, and eventually Thanksgiving with your families, a holiday without gifts or school or work (for most), a holiday of giving thanks to those we love, sharing good food, good conversation, college football, and quality time.
And then once Thanksgiving is over… Trim the tree, hang the stockings, put up the lawn ornaments, and your nativity set, and blast those jolly old tunes!
But, please, let the Christmas spirit wait until after you’ve enjoyed Thanksgiving first.