My high school years are starting to get hazy in my mind. I can recall bits and pieces of events and the faces of some of my classmates, but it all seems so long ago. So instead of talking about high school today, I thought I’d take this opportunity to whine. About what, you ask? About the transition from Halloween straight to Christmas, skipping right over Thanksgiving altogether.
Why was it that when I went into Target at 8:00 a.m. on the first day of November, the aisles were already full of ornaments, stockings, and garland? It’s like little elves sneaked in on Halloween night to throw out all the unsold plastic pumpkins and paper skeletons to make room for the holiday shopping season as fast as possible.
Why, oh why, is Santa already sitting at Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton? In fact, he’s been there since November 2nd. I hadn’t even packed up my Halloween decorations by then.
All this early shopping pressure seems unnecessary to me. In my experience, there are two types of Christmas shoppers. There are people like my sister who sometimes starts shopping as early as June if she happens to see something that a family member might like. She doesn’t need the stores pushing her to hurry up and start shopping because she already started months ago.
Then there are people like me who take one holiday at a time. I refuse to buy my box of Christmas cards or even draft up my gift lists until after I’ve eaten my fill of turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing. When I’m out shopping in early November, I turn a blind eye to those giant reindeer
cutouts hanging from the ceilings and a deaf ear to those cheerful carols wafting through the sound system. I’m not ready for them yet.
So listen up Target, Walmart, and all you other stores. Let’s give Thanksgiving its due and leave Santa at the North Pole until after those turkey leftovers are all wrapped up. There will still be plenty of time for us to spend our hard-earned cash on gifts in those three to four weeks between
Thanksgiving and Christmas. Otherwise, I might have to start boycotting your stores during that period. Who’s with me?