November 3, 2015
Michelle Miles: From Halloween to Christmas in 2.3 Seconds
You know what else is hard to believe? That Christmas decorations were in the stores in September. At Hobby Lobby, they started putting them up in JUNE. Really, Hobby Lobby? School hadn’t even started, for gosh sakes.
Hubby, kid and I were in the mall this past weekend – ON Halloween, mind you – and we noticed they were starting to put up Santa’s workshop. You know, where all the kids can sit on his lap and tell him what they dream of for Christmas.
You know what I dream of? No Christmas before Halloween.
The mall also started putting up Christmas decorations, too. There was garland and big red bows hanging from the ceiling. Can’t we get past Halloween before we start the panic for Christmas?
I really feel like Thanksgiving gets shafted on the holiday front. Even Columbus Day gets a nod in the sales circulars. I mean, we start thinking about Christmas way too soon, in my opinion. Best Buy started running Christmas ads about a week before Halloween. Seriously, Best Buy? You’re already starting our buying frenzy and it’s not even November 1?
And I’ve been hearing that Black Friday for some stores has already started. Online shopping at its finest. I’m all for online shopping—stepping foot in the mall this weekend was a painful reminder of WHY I hate the mall—but then I think of all the stores that it could potentially hurt by shopping online. I’d rather pump my money into the local economy, anyway, than feed the Amazon beast. Of course, I say that now, but I know I’ll likely be buying online at Amazon for the simple fact that I’m suckered by their Prime shipping. Damn you, Amazon.
Anyway, back to Thanksgiving. I’m going to ignore the fact that there are Christmas things going on around me while I take a moment to think about Thanksgiving, why we have it and what I’m truly thankful for.
I’m truly thankful for my family, my friends, chocolate and wine.
What are you thankful for this year?
Michelle Miles wants holidays to go in consecutive order according to the calendar. Find out more about her and her books at her website.