Deck the halls with boughs of holly…”

Not ready for Christmas yet? Tell that to the retailers! It used to be that the end of Halloween signaled the two-month run up to Christmas but it’s been moving back on the calendar every year. I’m always shocked when summer clothes are replaced by winter coats and sweaters in August, but seeing shelves full of Christmas decorations last week had me shaking my head in disbelief. What happened to Labor Day, Halloween, Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving?

Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas! I love the lights, the 24 hour holiday songs on the radio, the Christmas specials on TV and all the trimmings, but I can’t understand dragging out all the merchandise over four months ahead of the holiday. Don’t they realize that no matter how early we start we’ll still be trying to finish on Christmas Eve? It boggles the mind to see pool noodles next to Santa cookie jars.

Maybe they’re trying to get us to do our Christmas shopping before we realize we won’t be able to afford to heat our homes this winter, or that instead of depositing food for the food pantry we’ll be forced to make withdrawals to feed the kids. Maybe they want us to shop before it gets so expensive to drive that we can’t get to the stores any more. Maybe they’re just as desperate as we are to make a few extra bucks. Whatever the reason, it’s just too darn early. Christmas in August? Bah, Humbug!


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