Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Musings On a Christmas Sighting in October
I just read an advertisement exhorting us to begin Christmas shopping. What the ad did not succeed in doing was mobilizing my shopping self (this is a self which I am not in contact with often). Why does this holiday consistently pursue my money (previously my parents' money) earlier and earlier in the year? While strategic shoppers may appreciate this "friendly reminder", I feel nagged; it as if someone is trying to convince me that money is burning a hole in my pocket and must leap out and buy something (this falsely implies that there is, in fact, money in my pocket).
My Christmas shopping usually takes place within 3 days of Christmas itself. This is partly because I do not like shopping and therefore put it off, and partly because the "Christmas Spirit" has a tendency to lose its luster when it has been parading around assaulting people's bank accounts for a month or more. I therefore try to personally avoid much of the Christmas hullabaloo for as long as possible in order to theoretically make Christmas eve and day more enjoyable. The jury is still out on whether this works, but I like to tell myself that it does. I would most certainly like to enjoy the fall in its glory before the hectic Christmas season begins. (back home in Texas, Christmas is its own season along with the other seasons of "almost summer", "summer", and "still summer")
Year after year, when one of my favorite holidays (Thanksgiving: no gifts necessary, only a delicious culinary escapade) rolls around, Christmas decorations and festivities strive to upstage this wonderful cuisine conglomeration. This year, it is ridiculous. Thanksgiving is still in the distance, and Christmas is already arriving, greedily eyeballing money and reaching for credit cards. I suppose, however, I am grateful that the word "Christmas" was used in the advertisement.