By Rita DiBenedetto
Maybe that snowstorm in October 2011 was a sign, or Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” has us confused. All I can say is: Merry Hallogivemas, everyone! Nothing says “goodbye summer” more than Christmas décor displayed next to the Freddy Krueger costumes at Kmart. What really is this rush to the holiday season? I know Halloween and Thanksgiving are holidays too, but seriously, Christmas in September? Why do these department stores think focusing on Christmas before other national holidays excites people? Yes, I understand this advertising mechanism stimulates the mind in hopes for a larger return, but look at the bigger picture: Christmas already turned into a more secular holiday than ever before! Although seeing Rudolph lawn ornaments next to giant light-up candy corn humors me, the need to drag out the holiday season serves no purpose other than sales.
There are about three short months until Jolly Old Saint Nick makes his way around the world to deliver gifts galore—well at least I thought so! Maybe the elves follow a different calendar, because it seems to me they made their way to various department stores. I guess with the population of the world growing they need to start their work in advance. Both you and I know nothing says Merry Hallogivemas more than Jason X next to a manger with a turkey on top…right? Well folks, what can I say? The season of fall just started. I haven’t even prepared my Halloween costume, Jaindl turkeys have not been displayed and chocolate advent calendars still include only 25 days. To corporate America: As much as we all love Christmas, you’re making Halloween and Thanksgiving feel bad.
Merry Hallogivemas, everyone!
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