I know I’m not the only one where I work because we have had some discussions about it, but is anyone else feeling mind-boggled by the fact that it is two weeks from Thanksgiving? Where the freak did the time go? I’m not ready to start thinking about Christmas yet either.
I would like to take this opportunity to blame the warp speed of passing time on retailers. Do you remember how early the Halloween candy was on display? What about how quickly the Christmas decorations replaced the Halloween candy? Good grief! We’re going from Charlie Brown’s unsuccessful trick or treating (“I got a rock”) to the Grinch’s shriveled little heart in a three week period!
And another thing, how in Who-ville are we supposed to get ready for Thanksgiving when everyone is so obsessed about Black Friday deals? Do folks still actually have Thanksgiving dinners? Are these gatherings actually thinly veiled strategy sessions for mapping out shopping routes?
When I was growing up, I don’t ever remember feeling like the months of October, November and December were running all together and flying by. It was almost just the opposite, they crawled by and we couldn’t for the days off at Thanksgiving and Christmas break. Now it feels like the end of the year is looming closer than ever.
We need to slow down and let these special days come in their own time. Getting the stores ready so early creates the illusion that the holiday is actually here; thereby creating that holiday shopping anxiety a whole month earlier. It must be wonderful for the pharmaceutical companies. Holidayanxiety requiring medication extended for a whole extra month. Maybe that’s the real reason behind this phenomenon, and I just answered my own question!
Now, so that we can all be on the same page, we are getting ready for Thanksgiving first. You should not be Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving! Black Friday is the official start to the Christmas shopping season! You should be planning menus, grocery shopping and deciding who is hosting the dinner where you will be eating. Happy Holidays! (Is it too early to say that??)