so it begins

It’s that time of year. This is nothing new. Costco had Christmas merchandise out before Halloween. Still, I was somewhat taken aback when a Facebook friend wrote the following at 7:51 p.m. on Sunday 9 November, two days before Veteran’s Day:

quoteChristmas and other winter holidays have already started – Santa’s house is up at the mall, the Burbank holiday tree is up, but not lit, the lights have been installed on the main streets of Downtown Burbank but not lit – Costco has holiday presents. Have the holidays already started where you are?

Not the slightest cringe or suggestion that perhaps this was all just a tad early.

We’re just past Veteran’s Day. Thanksgiving is a week and a half away. Advent does not begin until 30 November. Yet I got an email last Thursday from SiriusXM about their holiday channels. Saturday I heard Christmas music in a shop near the outlet stores. After dropping off mail at the post office today I saw that the City of Gilroy had its Christmas tree up and decorated. Terry blew a fuse a week or so ago hearing Christmas music at Home Depot.

Let’s slow things down. Please, take it a bit easy. Don’t rush.

Me? I’m the guy on the right.


3 Comments on “so it begins”

  1. Tahoe Mom says:

    It all seems earlier this year. Meredith texted today with mall pictures of gorgeous trees. A friend posted from San Diego a beautifully lit tree. I don’t mind items for sale. People like to plan ahead. It is the decorating before Thanksgiving that really bothers me. I have often said to a friend in Wales that I was glad we had Thanksgiving as a buffer so we didn’t start Christmas too soon. I think I have just lost that argument. I’m holding out though.

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