We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Finally! One thing we can all agree on is that last-minute Christmas shopping is a real drag. The crowds, the noise, the confusion, the cold sleet or snow because you're in the middle of goddamn winter — in short, it sucks.
So, while we'd all appreciate just a few more days in the shopping season to help us out, the hands of the retailers are tied since there's an unwritten rule that they can't swamp the land with Christmas stuff until the official 'Thanksgiving timeline' is over.
However, with the help of the Department of Interior collaborating with the National American Turkey Council, they came up with a very clever solution:
For someone who grew up in an era when it was strictly verboten for businesses to put up Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving, it's been somewhat sad to see the commercial greed seep forth a little earlier every year since. I believe these days the decorations are going up just after the 4th of July. I hear Easter's the next goal.
In the writing biz, this is known as when fantasy meets reality.
I guess I'm one of those people not bothered by seasonal retailing well in advance of the season. I always assumed the kvetching was along the lines of complaining about the weather and not really about the international significance of selling something before the right time. "We will sell no decorations before their time".
Doc -- Now that was funny. Scary, too, given how the line in your original article was meant to be pure fantasy. The original article, btw, was a total hoot! It was amazing how the official 'reasons' kept replacing one another, and a great job of headline collecting on your part.
Piece o' cake. Every one of those was splattered across the front page of one of the main news sites. But what really said it all was that very first one, using the term "disappointing sales" weeks before the shopping season had even started. It seemed so out of place that, as I said in the post, I figured that'd be the end of any 'disappointing' talk until the time-honored 26th.
There is no disincentive for retailers in this, unless they irritate their customers enough to send them away.
I believe this trend has seriously undermined the religious sentiment of many holidays. Time is an important part of sacred space as it is experienced by we poor humans who rely on our senses. But what can you do? Any solution is worse than the disease.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
Did you already get your halloween lights?
Giant halloween blow up lawn creatures?
Did you get the new Munster creche for setting out front during the halloween season?
Next up, just after Christmas: Come and get your Easter lights! Come and get your giant Easter blow up lawn creatures!