Let’s Celebrate the Holidays in Order

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Guest Writer Dana McDonald, Morning Host – WNCL (Cool 101.3)

Halloween is just a few days away, and I just realized something….we haven’t started celebrating Christmas yet…we are late. Thank goodness for stores like Dollar General and WalMart though, they have been selling Christmas merchandise since Independence Day…whew!

OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but seriously, the “Christmas Creep” seems to start earlier every year, and it makes me crazy! I love this quote from Jon Stewart…

“Christmas is so big, it’s starting to eat other holidays. Watch out, Halloween. Call me old fashioned, but I think we should celebrate our holidays, one at a time…in order.

Now I don’t have a problem with the stores that sell Christmas decorations year round, that’s what they do! I’m talking about the stores who start fighting for a piece of the Christmas holiday pie in October! It reminds me of seagulls fighting for french fries at the beach!

On my way home yesterday I stopped at the corner store near my house to grab milk and toilet paper …strange combination I know… and just one isle over from the ghost and goblin costumes, dancing skeletons that shouted insults at me and bags of fun sized candy, there were snow globes, icicle lights and reindeer salt and pepper shakers. And then there are the radio stations who start playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving…and not just a song here and there, but ALL Christmas music 24/7! When I was a kid in the 70’s you never saw a hint of Christmas until after Thanksgiving.

In my house it’s tradition to put up the tree and lights on Black Friday, no sooner. Apparently though, I am in the minority. According to a recent survey, 2/3 of Americans do not mind seeing or hearing holiday commercials as early as September, and 1/3 actually enjoy and look forward to them. Seems strange to me…nothing like laying on the beach in Rehoboth or Lewes and hearing a commercial with sleigh bells and Ho Ho Ho’s. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the holiday season, and having 3 young boys, it’s magical.

But anymore, by the time Christmas gets here, I’m ready for it to be over. I’m not a grump or a Grinch or a humbug, but I think Christmas and what it stands for are becoming more and more diluted by the year. Just my 2 cents. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to run to the store to get wrapping paper and bows before they run out. Happy Halloween and Merry Christmas.

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