Twas three months before Christmas and all throughout the store,
were pumpkins and costumes and candy galore.
There were stockings and ornaments and twinkling lights,
But it was only September, “give me a break,” I griped.
The store clerks spoke not a word, but continued their work.
And filled all the isles, and turned as I lurked.
“Just what month do you think this is," I said in surprise?
They just stared and me, like I was a freak, widening their eyes.
"We must get the shelves stocked for soon Christmas will be here."
And I said, “Are you kidding, there’s 3 months before Saint Nick will be here.”
They shook their heads and said, "we must get an early start, and you’ll shop now, if you’re really smart."
When down the isle there arose such a clatter,
I sprang around the isle to see just what was the matter.
Away to the entrance door, I grabbed my wallet and did a fast dash.
“Oh no, not yet, I shall not part with my cash!”
It is sad to say that it is only September, and already, the stores are preparing (no, shoving) Christmas in my face. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe in early shopping. Sometimes, I will shop for Christmas gifts during the year. When I see something that I know someone will love, and wouldn’t buy it for themselves, I buy the item and stash it away in a box labeled, “Christmas.” After all, I don’t want to be broke in December. However, spreading the holiday cheer as we’re going through Indian Summer, with the warm, sunny days just feels WRONG.
I wasn't thrilled to see Halloween costumes during the Labor Day weekend, but it was a bit easier to tolerate than the ill timing of Christmas in September. Honestly, Christmas in September, are they kidding me? I don’t know if I should look down the isles to see if there’s a hidden TV camera waiting to record yet another stupid reality show (Let’s Freak Out the Consumers, Monday nights on NBC), or tell the store manager that they lack common sense and timing.
Yeah, Yeah, I know, I can walk by, say nothing, and just not buy. Which is just what I did. But I am really getting tired of the stores trying to rush time. It’s bad enough that the older you get, the faster that time seems to fly by (I swear I was only 22 yesterday)! I want to enjoy my seasons, and be in the present, instead of focusing on Christmas that is 3 months away (have you ever noticed just how fast the holiday season speeds by?). Not to mention the fact, that it gets the kids wound up far to early. I recall as a kid waking up every morning, two weeks before Christmas, asking my mom if it was Christmas yet, and did Santa come visit. Any every day, she’d have to explain “No sweetie, not yet” with patience that I cannot possibly fathom.
I do understand that local stores have more of a challenge now with Internet shopping being as popular is it is. But I doubt if even the Internet shoppers are yet stuffing their shopping carts with Christmas decor. So if anyone knows just why the stores seem Hell bent on celebrating every occasion long before it’s time, I’d love to hear the explanation.
Meanwhile, here’s what I’d like to say to our retailers who are putting up Christmas displays now: Dear stores, I know you feel it’s important to get a jump start on the holiday season, unloading your Christmas inventory early, but can you please (PLEASE) let me enjoy the Indian Summer, Fall, Halloween AND Thanksgiving before you shove Christmas down my throat?!”
Caution: Please don’t put out the Valentines Day hearts and candies yet, as most likely, they’ll be stale by February 14th!