Jump Start Your Brain: Christmas Creeping

JumpstartIt’s way too early to be awake on a Saturday morning, Modern Philosophers.

Unfortunately, my black cat alarm clock doesn’t have a snooze button and can only be silenced by getting out of bed to feed it.

It’s also a balmy 10 degrees here in my part of Maine, so my brain is frozen aside from being enveloped in its usual early morning fog.  Time to break out the 1000 volt battery of Deep Thoughts to jump start my brain.  Anyone else need brainside assistance?

What’s the deal with Christmas creeping up on the calendar and acting like it begins immediately after Halloween?  When did Christmas become so needy?  Does it think it’s Alexander the Great and that it needs to conquer the entire known calendar?  How soon until it wipes Thanksgiving completely off the calendar?  Should we expect the last two months of the year to be melded into one 61 day Mega-Month known as Christember?

Is anyone else annoyed with the way Christmas seems to be expanding?  I love the Holiday, but don’t you agree it’s getting a little greedy?  Are you like me in that you need a little separation between Jack Skellington and Santa Claus?  Hasn’t the world already seen the horrors that happen when they combine forces in “A Nightmare Before Christmas”?

Why doesn’t Thanksgiving stand up for itself?  Did the Pilgrims use up all their fight when they set out for the New World?  What would Myles Standish think of this outrage?  Wouldn’t the Mayflower Mob want to fight the oppression of this new, even larger empire?

How stupid do advertisers think we are?  Do they really believe that if they just start running Christmas commercials in November, we’ll begin hanging our stockings by the chimney with care?  Do they assume we simply have a Pavlovian response to Christmas Carols?  Why must they insist on turning Christmas into a two month sales event?

Why do people play along with it?  Why do they put up the Christmas decorations earlier each year?  Why do they call radio stations to request Christmas songs before Thanksgiving?  Why are they wandering around the malls like Christmas Zombies muttering “Sales…sales…sales…”?

I guess I just don’t get it, Modern Philosophers.  I believe that Thanksgiving needs it time in the spotlight, and that it’s important for people to acknowledge how lucky they are for what they have before they start demanding even more under the Christmas tree.

I’m not a fan of this insanely over the top commercialization of Christmas!

I truly do love the Christmas Season, but I think it isn’t as much fun when all the jolly is spread out over two months, rather than condensed into a few merry weeks.

Is anyone else with me on this, or am I simply the Grinch who wouldn’t let Christmas take over November?

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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27 Responses to Jump Start Your Brain: Christmas Creeping

  1. Monica DiNatale says:

    I leave my tree up through January.

  2. kalabalu says:

    Any celebration may be for a day, but no harm in extending

  3. grannyK says:

    I love the Christmas season, but not all of the ads to BUY STUFF NOW! I hate the whole ‘give me!’ aspect of it. I agree, let us have Thanksgiving before shoving greed down our throats!

  4. floridaborne says:

    I love that visual, “When did Christmas become so needy?” I think I’m going to make a blog out of my answer. 🙂

  5. Separate the greedy from the needy. We need more midnight sleeping and less Christmas creeping. The true spirit of Christmas should be kept separate from the greed and over commercialization. The true spirit of Christmas is about giving–not accumulating more stuff. Another holiday of great significance to those of the Christian faith is Easter. It has also drifted away from the true meaning to become commercialized into gift-giving–far beyond simple Easter egg hunts.

    • Austin says:

      I agree. I have already made two trips to the store to get food donations for a family my office is sponsoring this Holiday season. That is the only Christmas shopping I’ve done, and I consider that the most important on my list…

  6. My neighbor put a tree up on his porch as soon as he took down his Halloween decorations. Lights and all. He’s the only one in the neighborhood though. I usually put up my decorations during the Thanksgiving weekend, but I’ve not gotten into the Christmas spirit just yet…maybe next week.

  7. gimpet says:

    Look into a new movement called Advent Christmas. It focus’ on others needs instead of your own. For example, instead of buying a gift for yourself, invest in Operation Christmas Child or volunteer to sponsor a poor child in need of clothes under the Christmas tree. Donating for others lasts a lifetime of memories. I started doing this last year and this year we are increasing our activity for others. And it pays off as a family and as a wonderful feeling of hope and helping others.

    • Austin says:

      The only Christmas shopping I’ve done so far is for the family we’ve “adopted” at work for the Christmas Season, so I guess I’m already participating in something much like this…

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  9. I agree! Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday all by itself… it shouldn’t be overshadowed or minimized by the commercialization of Christmas. We do exchange gifts at Christmas but do not get sucked into overspending; instead, we try to remember the true reason for the season…

  10. Agellius says:

    Good post.

    I think “Black Friday” is ruining Thanksgiving and I really resent it. Generally I tend towards the laissez-faire side of the political and economic spectrum. But I would favor laws banning commercial activity on Thanksgiving and Christmas. I think it’s important to have a few days in the year where the country “shuts down”, so to speak. It used to be that you could drive through the city on Thanksgiving Day afternoon and it would be almost dead still and quiet. It had a special atmosphere all its own, and that stillness was a big part of it.

    Now the malls and big-box stores are killing it. The atmosphere around town is just like any other day. Of course they couldn’t get away with it if people wouldn’t patronize them on that day, so I do blame my fellow citizens as well.

    • Austin says:

      I’m glad you liked it. Just wrote a post about the evils of Cyber Monday. Maybe you cold check it out? We’ve got to fight to keep Christmas less commercial!

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