Friday, November 11, 2011

It's Coming

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.

9 comments:

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  2. Yes the commercialism has begun and all we here is will there be big profit in stores. Maybe it's time to not shop so those big companies hear us. Maybe we need to just make use of what we have to decorate and create very simple cards and gifts like a jam of some cookies. The ads have been put out to tempt us. there is a lot of money spent on commercials and TV shows to gets to have needs. I think this year we ought give up spending. Some say they must do it for the kids but I think that's not so. Those same kids may have no future if we don't change how we are treated by big corps.

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  3. Well said, Christmas is way too commercial. Shop and support local

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  4. I agree. Too many spend too much and are left with too little joy and too much debt. I do love getting home-made gifts!

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  5. I agree. Buy local, but only if you really want to buy. Otherwise, spend time with other people.

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  6. You are right on!

    We went shopping for a bit today in one of my favorite variety stores. Decorative pumpkins were still hanging from the ceiling, but front and center the display shelves were covered with Christmas wares. A few rows back were some Thanksgiving table decorations. I was struck by the incongruity of it all when I considered the date on the calendar.

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  8. I love the season also, but so early??? What happened to wait for the full court press till AFTER Thanksgiving.

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  9. I'm with the bunch that doesn't think about Christmas until after T'giving. And then I enjoy it -- but I've never been shopping on Black Friday.

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