Friday, November 22, 2013

Don't rush the season!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

I kid you not, I got my first 2013 Christmas magazine of the season in SEPTEMBER.  (What's with that?) Of course, I'd been hoarding my Halloween issues since July.  And the Thanksgiving ones came in August.

What is WRONG with magazine publishers?  When I'm boiling hot in the dog days of summer, I do not want to be reading about carving a turkey and pecan pie.  And when the last rose of summer is almost five weeks from fading, I do not want to read about Santa traversing my chimney.

As I said, this year I have put my magazines in a special (visible, so I don't lose them) place to wait until the season is right.  I'm not touching those Christmas issues until the day AFTER Thanksgiving.  Why rush the season?

However, I also have a treasure trove of old Christmas-issue magazines going back to the late 1990s (both US and UK) that I haul out every December and devour.  For the most part, I remember the articles, but some of them are new to me every year.

This year I'm determined NOT to rush the season.  I usually start listening to Christmas tunes on November first, but not this year.  (I waited until the 8th...okay, the weather got cold.) But otherwise, I'm postponing the Joyous Season for a few more weeks. After all, I'm all for having a green (as opposed to white) Christmas.  (I fell three years ago on a slippery step and it took me six months to recover from deep tissue bruises and a frozen shoulder, and I am not eager to repeat the event on snow.)

So bring on Christmas ... but not until after Thanksgiving.

Are you with me on this?


Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Nope...I'm all for rushing it LOL. IMO Christmas comes fast and is over even faster so I'm more than ready for it by the time Halloween is over. It's my favorite time of year and I like to make it last as long as possible. My decorating is nearly done :)

Anonymous said...

Yes, but you'll be reading about Valentine's Day long before Christmas is over. That just depresses me. I want to enjoy December with all the Christmasy stuff at once, not back in September or October. I always put up my tree the first weekend in December, so I'm still on track for that.

Jeannie D. said...

I am soooooo with you! I am already tired of it. It was the day after Halloween and I was in the local grocery store and they were already playing Christmas music. They already have Christmas commercials on TV. I told my daughter I want an old fashioned Walton Christmas this year. All about family and the food and not all the commercialism.

Diane said...

I'm with you. I'll put up my tree the day or two after Thanksgiving and decorate my house.. I have not started to listen to Christmas music yet..

Sally R said...

I caved and listened to one Christmas CD, Barbra Streisand, because, her voice, it's like buttah! Plus the musical Ave Maria and Lord's Prayer should be listened to all year round.

Heather said...

I am totally with you! I think it is CRAZY to have Christmas stuff out before Thanksgiving or Halloween! Come on people let's slow the pace down and enjoy life. It goes to fast without us trying to push it along at bullet train speed!

Rachelle21 said...

It's hard enough that Jewish Holiday begins on Thanksgiving, this year. I would love to hear Jewish songs and not all x-mas songs.

Aurian said...

I totally agree with you. There is a children's holiday here in Holland on December 5, with special kind of candy (pepernoten/kruidnoten) and marzipan and chocolate coins and it is available earlier and earlier. I saw it at the start of September. I managed to be good and have not bought it before he officially has entered the country.