Well, it's that time again...my annual Christmas in October rant. And this year it's even a little earlier...because this year Christmas has come even earlier. One day, about a week ago, I was shopping at the CVS near my job when I happened upon the perfect wig for Halloween. I always do a little something special at work and this metallic blue waist-length wig I found would go perfect with my witch's hat. I didn't have the money then, and since there actually was quite a few of them, I figured I'd pick it up at a later date. To my shock, yesterday, the Halloween stuff was nearly gone. Not only were the stock clerks putting away the Halloween stuff, they were putting out Christmas candy. Can you imagine? Kiddies come to your home for 'Trick or Treat' and walk away with red and green candy kisses.
Oh, where does it end. Halloween hasn't even passed yet, and already the are starting to display all kind of Christmas goods. Are they for real? How can we possibly be in the mood for Christmas if we are still planning our Halloween parties with pumpkins, ghosts, witches and spooky items? I don't know about you, but time is already passing far too quickly. Why make it go any faster?
In my world, Halloween is a day all its own, and Christmas doesn't come until after Thanksgiving. I remember my childhood excitement when, the day after Thanksgiving, the holiday season began. Shopping started in earnest with trips to the mall in December, shops were full of happy people humming their favorite carols while we children would rush about looking for presents to buy for Mom and Dad with our saved up allowance. Our tree only went up the day before, and mom and dad spent Christmas Eve decorating it while I was snug in my bed...or so they thought. Presents they had sneakily wrapped and hidden were popped under the tree and that great air of great excitement on Christmas morn.
But, that was then and this is now. Commercialization! Can't fight it. Much as we may not like it, it's here to stay. Perhaps if all of us shoppers stood our ground and refused to buy Christmas before Halloween, things would change. Maybe they will. And, as for Halloween this year, I can always go dressed as Santa.