Every year Christmas creeps in to the marketplace earlier and earlier. Now, I enjoy the holidays and am especially captivated by the glitter and glistening of shiny baubles and sparkly trees and I don't even so much mind the stuff coming out after Hallowe'en. Yes, I know it cuts in to Autumn, but if Autumn stuff comes out in August then I see no reason why Christmas decor can't come out in November.
I take issue with it coming out in July though, which is when it started to hit most of the store in my area. Yes, you read that right. July. I try to avoid entire parts of stores so that I'm not burned out on Christmas before October.
Also, I'm not sure how others feel about this, but for me Santa Claus arrives on Thanksgiving... usually at the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. To me, that's the real Kris Kringle and to me, his arrival heralds in the whole jolly season. So, seeing kids lined up to meet Santa at the mall these past two weekends has made me curmudgeonly and grumpy. If Santa "comes to town" at the end of whichever parade you enjoy watching, whether it be national or local, then why's he been at the mall for a month? I'd have totally asked that as a kid and it would have put a serious dent in the magical belief for me.
But, I'm just one traditionalist standing in the way of a consumerist culture that will trample me underfoot without so much as a thought. That said, I refuse to give up though. I refuse to have a materialist, monetary holiday season and will continue to stick to the things that make me feel good about the season, no matter what those around me may think or say.
What caused this rant? I know people who are going "Black Friday Shopping" on Thanksgiving Day. Stores are opening anywhere between noon and 10pm on Thanksgiving Day to sell cheap garbage to people who have forgotten that the holidays are supposed to mean something more than what plastic bullshit is tucked under the tree. The people I know say things like "I don't think they should be open, but the stuff is cheap so I should go" or "They're getting paid, so I don't see the big deal."
The big deal, folks, is that everyone regardless of their job description, deserves a peaceful holiday to spend with their families. The big box companies would rather take that away in favor of the almighty dollar since most don't see their employees as individual people anyway and by shopping these ridiculous sales, you're telling them you agree with their stance. It doesn't matter how you rationalize it to yourself; your dollars spent on Thanksgiving Day or at the ass-crack of dawn on Black Friday morning are telling the Powers That Be that you think their employees spending time with their families is less important than that $4 DVD Player. Which will be on sale for the same price, in a week or two, by the way.
I remember what it was like working retail when I had to be at work at 3am to let the crazy assholes who camped out over Thanksgiving day in to the store as early as possible. No, I'm not nice to those people because they ruined my Thanksgivings for nearly a decade and still ruin the holidays of retail workers across the country every single year. If you're one of those people who camps out to get cheap material garbage I need to tell you a secret...most of it is junk that didn't sell. For a reason. And you making me or any other employee need to go to bed by 6pm on Thanksgiving, or worse, go in to work before dinner has even finished cooking, is a dick move. Super dick.
And if there's one time of year that you should maybe consider not being selfish, it's during the holidays.
So do me a favor guys. Stay home on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Tell the Powers That Be that you think their employees deserve time with their families. Tell them the cheap, mass produced junk isn't worth missing time with your own families or getting in to fist fights over. Tell them by spending time with your own friends and family, by making your own gifts, or by shopping small businesses and handmade vendors.
Don't be a dick this Thanksgiving.