Friday, 07 November 2008
by Mama Fox
Who has heard a Christmas song on the radio? Or seen a Christmas commercial on TV?
At 8am on November 1st, we walked into Walmart to be greeted by a tall fake Christmas tree. I swear they must have tore down Halloween and set up Christmas at midnight that night. Seriously. There IS another holiday in between there. Breathe for two seconds and let America get over the Halloween sugar rush first. Geez.
Kmart is always running its layaway Christmas commericals. Hallmark is advertising its signing Christmas whatevers. The radio stations are slipping in the peppy songs about snow, Santa and mistletoe. I understand places wanting to make a buck but seriously, why so much of a rush? Heck, I even saw some Christmas stuff up in stores early October. Over commercialized much?
I'll admit that I'm already planning our Yule presents for the kids (because they have been asking for a couple months now for bikes) and I've already agreed to a card swap on a message board. But those are minor things. We keep things simple. Winter should be about slowing down and spending time with the ones you love. Instead there seems to be a push to over-decorate and spend far too much money on material items to clutter up people's houses.
Relax people. Seriously.
Have you seen or heard any Christmas promotions in your neck of the woods?