Christmas is coming. I suspect this is true because Mike had to get out the furniture dolly to bring in the Sunday paper with all the toy catalogs stuffed inside it.
Also, since I did not buy Halloween candy until October 31, I had to hand out candy canes to the trick or treaters. I guess normal people know enough to buy Halloween candy in August.
Finally, one of the local radio stations has always started playing Christmas music exclusively the day after Thanksgiving. This year the tradition has been altered. They are all Christmas, all day, every day from November 1st until December 25th. A bit much, I'm thinking.
Don't get me wrong. Unlike some of us in this two-person household, I actually do enjoy the holiday. I like getting gifts and I like giving gifts (especially to the kids) even more. I like the baking and the wrapping and the decorations. I even like listening to some Christmas music once or twice about a day or two before Christmas. But the commercial manipulations make me very sad. I wish there was a way to stop it.
So, I am also thinking that if you are occupying someplace, stay there. Don't go into the stores. If you don't have a job or you don't have the money, don't take out a credit card. If you moved your money to a small friendly bank or a credit union, leave it there and celebrate in in a quiet way that is meaningful with family and friends.