April 1, 2018 No Comments
I’m No Grinch, But They’re Starting Too Soon!
Photo by McKay Savage / Flickr
If there’s one thing I really hate, it’s walking through the mall or any store and seeing Christmas decorations BEFORE Halloween is even over yet – not to mention Thanksgiving. I really think that people should be allowed to celebrate each holiday as it arrives – and not before! Unfortunately, a lot of retailers and others don’t seem to understand this, and we’re inundated with Christmas earlier and earlier each and every year.
Reasons Early Christmas is Bad
Here are just a few reasons that celebrating Christmas early is not a good idea.
- Anticipation – For one thing, starting too early can really ruin the anticipation factor. There’s nothing like waiting a few weeks after Thanksgiving as Christmas approached. If people start in October, this is too long of a wait and ruins the anticipation.
- Crossover – Also, when you celebrate Christmas early, it started to bump into the other holidays – namely Halloween and Thanksgiving. This doesn’t sound like too much of a problem, but it can really confuse the children, which is what the holidays are really about.
- Money and Kids – Last but not least, you have to think about the money and children. By this, I mean that if children are seeing Christmas stuff early, they’re going to start bothering parents to get Christmas presents while at the same time wanting a Halloween costume and more.
A Better Way to Celebrate
Instead of making Christmas so commercial or giving your kid some weird hyper-colored non-toxic baby play mat for Xmass, which on its own may be a good idea, I really think it would be better to go back to the actual meaning of the holiday. This is going to be hard for retail outlets that are in it for the money, but if enough people stand up and say we don’t want Christmas this early, they will have to listen. And if they don’t, their cash registers won’t be singing as much this holiday season.
If you agree with me, please leave a comment below and let others know that I’m not alone in feeling this way. If enough people stand up and say something, maybe retailers and others will finally stop trying to push Christmas down our throats so early. Don’t get me wrong, Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. This is why I’m being so vocal about the people who are trying to ruin it.
To me, it seems like a better idea to use October to concentrate on Halloween and to use November to concentrate on Thanksgiving. Then, after those two holidays are out of the way, to turn attention to Christmas finally. This doesn’t have to take away from revenue for toy companies and could end up putting everyone in a better mood. Seeing Christmas sales and advertisements before Halloween just really upsets me. What about you? Be sure to leave your thoughts and opinions below.