The decorations have been in the stores since before Halloween. The TV ads have already been running rapid. The stores are having "black Friday" a minute after Thanksgiving Day....But today, Santa arrived at the mall.....What happened to Santa not showing his face until AFTER Thanksgiving???? I love Christmas, truly I do. But I think (and this is ONLY my opinion) that the sooner the commercialism sets in, the more stress people feel to give that oh-so-perfect gift. What happened to all the fun of Christmas? The getting the family together to decorate..... The baking cookies with the kids...... The singing of Christmas carols..... Teaching children the Christmas Story.....My goodness - have you seen where people are literally camping out so they're the first in line for a specific store on "black Friday"???? I don't get it - but I guess that's okay. I'm already hearing from clerks in the stores "do you have your shopping done?" What???? I don't even know what I'll be shopping for..... well actually, I do.... but I'm in no hurry to get it done. Most of my Christmas gifts will be 'custom made' and this year quite a bit of that is in the form of knitting. I do have some things cut out that I'll be sewing, but not near as much as I usually do. I'm heading a committee to make a float for an Electric Light Parade, that will be fun... I know I'll enjoy every minute of it.
Anyway.... seeing as how the Holidays seem to have had their 'kick off', I will wish you all low stress, patient shoppers and happy times spent with family and friends. And something I will do, regardless of whether it's politically correct or not, I will wish people a Merry Christmas not just Happy Holidays. Those who celebrate Kwanzaa or Hanukkah or other 'seasonal' holiday, I hope they understand that my Merry Christmas is meant in the true spirit of the season.