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November 16th, 2011

Yeah, I can see hardware stores and craft supply stores putting Xmas decorations out early. People who are *seriously* into decorating need to get replacement lights and things like that so they can have all their decorations ready to go. And people who are into crafting gifts and decorations need to get their supplies as early as they can. But for malls and such to start pushing the holiday feeding frenzy and blaring the same tired old canned music so early is disgusting. I can only listen to "Rockin' around the Christmas Tree" so many times before I start having to fight the urge to start "rocking" the christmas tree with real rocks!

Now don't get me wrong... buying holiday gifts for friends and family early is always a good idea. I start looking for ideas in July. Buy a couple things here, couple things there and I can have most of my holiday shopping done and easily paid for. Even winter clothes come out in October! Anything too big to easily hide get purchased after the tree goes up so it can be immediately wrapped and stashed. And the sales now are not any better than the normal round of sales stores have all the time.

But people have been conditioned with this Pavlovian response to begin an orgy of blind spending, convinced that (expensive) presents = love. Is it any wonder that as soon as the holiday shopping season starts the level of domestic violence and number of suicides begins to rise?

Thanksgiving is really the only holiday any more that is truly and solely about gathering with friends and family, offering thoughts and prayers to the divine for all the blessings we have received in the past year. No wonder it's being more and more marginalized. A quaint, but no longer relevant tradition and sentiment.

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