Doesn't it seem like the holidays get rushed every year? "Back in the day" Christmas music and decorations were always BIG on the day after Thanksgiving. But now, November 2nd starts the onslaught of holiday music on select radio stations. Christmas and holiday decorations were showing up in stores the week before Halloween for crying out loud!! And now, at least in our area, they are advertising Black Friday deals 1 week and a half PRIOR to Black Friday! What is wrong with this picture?
The whole point of Black Friday chaos (which I have only participated in once, and vowed never to do again), is to get the paper on Tuesday and Thanksgiving Day and search for any awesome deals or that one particular item on someone's list (or your own) that you can't live without. It's the thrill of the hunt, and the kill when the advertised item doesn't even appear in the store or was in such a small quantity that it sold out almost instantly. But now, where's the excitement? Why not just shop Black Friday deals from the privacy of your own home as of midnight? Solves everything as far as I can see, since they are promoting merchandise so far in advance.
But I must say, after a unseasonably hot summer and warm'ish fall, I'm liking the cooler temperatures. The crisp, frost-covered mornings that signal winter is on its way. At work yesterday, there's a guy who plays his saxophone on the corner and he was playing Christmas music. I laughed at first, thinking he too was rushing the season. And driving home off the highway, I noticed the small towns are beginning to decorate the street lights with banners and wreaths in celebration of the season. I suppose people like to take advantage of the warmer temperatures (still) and decorate so they don't have to freeze their hands off. And that's fine, when you think about it.
I do feel that Thanksgiving gets cheated every year. But Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, and the cooler weather has started that little "tingle" of excitement. Soon I will be hauling decorations from the basement, stringing lights, baking cookies and wrapping gifts.
It's in the air! Breath in that holiday spirit!! What kinds of things signal the beginning of your holiday season? What do you look forward to?
Enjoy the weekend!