Christmas Starts Before Thanksgiving

In the surrounding neighborhood there were Christmas lights in the windows even before Thanksgiving, which is some kind of unspoken – or sometimes very loudly spoken – cardinal sin. I’m no Scrooge but why does the “holiday season” seem to start in November? Anthony also feels the same way but does appear to be a bit more of a Scrooge:

I was at The Westfield Franklin Park Mall last week and I saw holly and bows and Christmas lights. It made me slightly nauseous to think that Christmas was “so close.”

Don’t worry Anthony, there’s always Festivus for the rest of us.

I realize it’s so that companies can make more money and in this year’s economy it might be a good idea to start early so that shoppers will have more time to save and buy, but it’s almost sickening to see Home Depot and Garden Ridge devoting entire wings of their stores to Christmas stuff in early November. A coworker of mine was telling me that he complained to a manger about the store putting up decorations so early.

With the lights going up so early, they will lose their appeal faster than normal for me and by Christmas I will be spiritted out. We put up a small tree this past weekend and will slowly make our way to decorating the windows with lights and other things little by little over the next few weeks. Hopefully I can sustain my festiveness by slowly drawing on it over the course of a few weeks.