Anybody else disturbed seeing Christmas all around them already?

Okay, listen, I’m no Scrooge.  I love Christmas as much as the next person, but in October??  Seriously??  Are you kidding me right now???  STOP.  Just STOP.  We haven’t even had Halloween yet.  I mean how bizarre is it to go into a store with pumpkins and hay bales on the outside, and Christmas trees, and ornaments on the inside.

Stop this crazy bus, I want to get off.

I mean it, I’m not even kidding.  Who’s bright idea out in the retail world thinks that putting up all the Christmas stuff before Halloween, and before the Americans (not that we’re using them as our bench mark of what’s right or wrong anymore)have celebrated their Thanksgiving.  It’s just wrong.  Flat out gross actually.

It’s wild to me how our world, how giant retailers, have got us wrapped around their fingers.  It’s like they rush us through every single moment in time; leaving us no time to revel, or bask in the experience of just having celebrated something.  Nope, no giving thought to what a lovely family time was had celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving with family and loved ones, less than two weeks ago.  Nope, none of that, hurry on up, you don’t want to miss out on buying more Christmas shit for a holiday that is TWO MONTHS AWAY.  Hell it is more than two months away it is still 66 days away, so that’s like two months and six days.  You know what happened when I googled; how many days until Christmas??

How many days until Halloween popped up first.

Yeah.  That’s right.  Of course it did, because Halloween is FIRST, it hasn’t even happened!  Yet here we are, most of the Halloween displays are done and dusted.  They have made room for fake fir and balsam trees and shitty ornaments made in a factory in some far away land where I’m confident they all think we’re insane.  And I have to say, I don’t think they’re that wrong about us Western folk.  It’s still 25 degrees in Toronto, the leaves are barely starting to change colour and yet here we are…rushing to Christmas.  Dumb, and embarrassing.

Listen I’m not down on Christmas, not at all.  We decorate almost every square inch of our house, well all the square inches that YB will stand for.  We begin the moment Mikaela gets off the plane, which is usually mid-December, and leave it up for a week following New Years Day.  But that’s it man.  That’s all the Christmas I’m willing to have in my life; three weeks max.

But it’s not even about the people, and you know who you are, who long for holiday after holiday that bothers me.  What bothers me most are, like I said, the retailers who seem hell bent and determined to rush us, all of us through life.  And worse than that, create a society that doesn’t know how to just be in the moment or even experience the memories of moments past.  Like come on retailers, LET US LIVE.  Let us be present.  Stop creating forced consumerism by hopping from New Year’s Day banners/hats and crap, to Valentine’s Day then straight to St. Patrick’s Day and on to Easter then you pull out all summer gear we need for our patios, run us straight into July 1st and 4th of July holiday crap, and then it’s Back to School (which lately I have to point out is on the shelves immediately after the July 1st holiday, kids have been out of school for a week! Take that in!) Then we’re straight into Thanksgiving, and often Halloween in tandem cuz you know they have to be ready to pull Halloween before it even happens to make room for Christmas.  And then, YAY, they start it all over again before Christmas has even been had.  Like just typing this made me crazy.  Think about living it, and what it does to us on a soul level!?!  Yuck.

I remember one year I needed garland for our tree, which we usually put up mid-December.  This tree was significantly larger than any that we had before, so we were really short on garland.  I thought; “cool no problem I’ll just run out and grab some more.” Got to the store and all the Christmas shelves were gone.  Not an ornament or string of garland to be had.  We were a week out from Christmas and they had already taken it away.  I was stunned, and ended up with a funky, (not in a good way)half naked tree. Which got me thinking; “wouldn’t it be great if we could just live in the moments and special occasions of life as they’re happening, rather than being dragged and rushed through them with hooks in our mouths, barely even living them, never mind experiencing them, by big business???”

It’s sad to say this, but I doubt we’re ever going to go back to slowing down in life, if anything I fear everything will just get quicker and quicker, the special holidays in life will cease to be three or four days of families shutting down, reconnecting and just being.  As it is many stores and restaurants aren’t even closed during what used to be consider sacred holidays anymore but a girl can dream for simpler times can’t she???

10 Comments

  1. Sadly it’s not just big retail doing this. We have several Christmas Bazaars going on around here this weekend.

  2. I agree! The retailers are milking everyone with the hopes of making Christmas last as long as possible. It’s the largest retail season of the year and they count it to make the year. Brick and mortar shops are very nervous!
    From where I sit, folks are decorating and getting ready for Halloween fun. To me though, Thanksgiving was such a special time. As a farm kid growing up in Ohio, Thanksgiving meant that the harvest was in before the bad weather. My parents didn’t need to worry or work so hard to make that happen! We were always thankful and full of gratitude for Gods’s grace and all of the abundance! And, our togetherness as a family. If we take a moment to reflect on gratitude maybe Black Friday wouldn’t define the season. As it is, we’re too wound up in the gifting of Christmas to consider the greatest gifts of all.

  3. Christmas for us had always been a huge holiday, especially since my Mom was born on Christmas Eve. We never had the tree in the house before Christmas Eve and Santa decorated it, not us (very Germanic i guess).

    Now trees are up Thanksgiving Day or sooner as some give in to the ridiculous rush of consumerism. How sad!

    I do so agree with you. Please, allow us to time to enjoy and recover from each individual holiday before foisting the next upon us! Money will still be made and the holidays will continue to come.

  4. This keeps getting backed up earlier each year it seems. I mean the Christmas ornaments in Hallmark come out in August AUGUST!! That’s ridiculous
    Yes we need try to slow down and live in the celebration moments and take more time for family and friends. Slowing down is sometimes hard to do with all that we have in our lives, but we need to do it for our happiness and that of our loved ones.

  5. We have had Christmas items in the shops for some time here in Australia. On Boxing Day if you go to a supermarket here they have hot cross buns on sale !!!!!! We haven’t got over Christmas and there are people in the world still celebrating Christmas Day and we are being roller coasted towards Easter. What !!!!! Slow down please .

  6. I am on the eastern side of Michigan (yay CBC!) and it feels like we’ve already had Halloween. Plus, I have to remind myself there is the Thanksgiving holiday in between. I agree that it makes us feel rushed all the time and makes it harder to be “in the moment” long enough to enjoy it. Your story also reminds me of when I tried to buy a bathing suit in July…

  7. This has been going on in the US for over a decade now. Seems to get earlier and earlier every year. Last week while driving to work my fav radio station ran their advertisement for their Christmas program that starts, get this, mid-November! Non-stop Christmas music. Now I love Christmas music but NOT for 6-7 weeks! You end up getting saturated or desensitized before the holiday even gets here.
    So I’m with you, enough already.

  8. Sorry to burst your bubble, but we have had Christmas decorations here in West Michigan alongside Halloween stuff. But, I agree wholeheartedly that we should just enjoy one season or holiday at a time! I think this constant treadmill causes people to miss the moment and leads to so much disatisfaction and disappointment.

  9. Shantelle, I couldn’t have said it any better. I refuse to buy into this madness of the all mighty retailers. I love Christmas but I don’t need to celebrate it in October. I love all holidays.. please let us enjoy each one for a few days..🌟⭐💖💖👍🐝bj

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