I enjoy Christmas as much as the next person. I love everything to do with Christmas: the music, the decorations, the lights, the manger scenes, and the Christmas trees. What I don't love is being bombarded by those things the day after Halloween!
There's a wonderful holiday here in the United States that comes first: It's called Thanksgiving. It's a time to spend with family, to enjoy turkey, stuffing, and all manner of good eats, and most of all, it's a time to be thankful for all of our blessings. We all have things to be for which we should be grateful; whether it's the love of family, a comfortable home or just a warm place to sleep, or enough food to keep our bodies nourished. Maybe we are just fortunate enough to have a job is this lagging economy or to qualify for unemployment if they are without one!
Everyone can find something for which they can be thankful. Sadly, many will not take time to dwell on those thoughts because Christmas is being jammed down their throats the first week of November--even sooner, in some places!
If you feel the way I do, make your feelings known. When you walk in to a store that is marketing Christmas in early November, tell the manager how you feel. Tell him or her that Thanksgiving comes first! Better still, let them know you will not be shopping at their establishment as a gesture of your disapproval. Maybe, just maybe, if enough of us make our opinions known, let our voices be heard, retailers will take notice. Below is a sign that is posted in Nordstroms:
This gives me hope that maybe others might agree...let's celebrate one holiday at a time! It's possible to make an impact, but we have to act. As long as we continue to tolerate the commercialization of Christmas it will continue. Like I said, I love Christmas and all the things that accompany it; I just don't want to be sick of them because I've had them thrust down my throat WAY too early. Most years, I'm tired of hearing about a White Christmas long about the second week of December!
How about you? What are your thoughts?