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    The "official" Holiday Season

    OK, I'm not the first person ever to notice that the commercial effects of Christmas are being felt earlier and earlier each year. When I was a kid, open season on Xmas started the day after Thanksgiving - this year I saw Xmas-ish ads running the week before Halloween. That's bad enough, but now I am noticing the merchandizing effects starting to touch not only traditional holidays earlier, but also holidays that had no particular season associated with them.

    Has anyone else noticed the big push for lights and other decorations for Halloween? Sure, we had pumpkins and might have stuck a paper ghost or witch in the window but driving down the street, the lights almost rival Christmas. I've noticed card shops now have entire racks devoted to Thanksgiving cards and I've also seen St. Patrick's Day cards too. What next? Exchange gifts on Arbor Day?
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    Election Day Cards?

    I know its tough when your candidate doesn't win. I know its hard to face the day when your vote just wasn't strong enough. Hang in there, friend. I'm thinking of you.

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister
    What next? Exchange gifts on Arbor Day?
    I can just see it now.... "This Arbor Day show her you love her by giving the gift of wood."

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    I Think It Is Sick.

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    I understand the feelings of Christmas being early. I drove past a house in ym twon a few weeks ago and there were decorations out AND lit and it wasn't even Halloween.

    I have seen Christmas decorations at a Wal Mart in early Sept. about 10 years ago.
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
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    The house across from mine was gaudied up for Halloween. They had the lights, artificial pumpkins, keletons, ghosts, etc. These people probably spent a couple hundred on tacky decorations. Back in the day, we used to make the tacky decorations ourselves from construction paper and elmers glue.
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    Most of this is being driven by the retail sales cycle, IMO.

    Many retailers make the majority of their annual sales during the holday season, thus it becomes in their best interest to extend that season as much as consumers will allow.

    Yes, it's all about the $$$$. Don't like it? Then, don't "buy" into it.
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    Quote Originally posted by SGB
    Yes, it's all about the $$$$. Don't like it? Then, don't "buy" into it.
    Buying it is one thing. Displaying X-mas lights in the beginning of November is another thing altogether.

    Halloween decorations have sprung up here too. I think the fake cobwebs are the goofiest. What is the Halloween equivalent to *Bah Humbug!*?
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    I like the "Halloween" lights that are just orange, purple, and black Xmas lights. There are a few houses that have them up, and at first I thought they'd been seized by the Xmas spirit early and had gone on a decorating frenzy. Then I realized that Styrofoam tombstones and witches on trees don't usually go with Xmas, at least not as it's celebrated here.
    Besides, the best time to decorate for Xmas is when you're woozy from the Thanksgiving turkey. Nothing like scrambling around a roof in 22-degree weather with a good turkey buzz on!
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    Quote Originally posted by Plannerbabs
    Nothing like scrambling around a roof in 22-degree weather with a good turkey buzz on!
    Turkey buzz? We'll have to swap recipes some time. I must not be putting the right spices in my giblet gravy....
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker
    What is the Halloween equivalent to *Bah Humbug!*?
    I tried to find the packages of saltine crackers, like you get with soup at a restaurant, to give out to kids at Halloween. That would have been so much fun!
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    (sigh) I didn't get to do Halloween this year because it would have been too dangerous for kids to come up to my front door with all the hurricane debris still out there. I missed decorating big like we always do.

    So this year, X-mas can't come soon enough. Can't wait to bring out some happy seasonal decorations (altho' I will have to retrieve them from the a/c storage unit where they've been since H. Charley). I was surprised when I was at Target last weekend and they only had X-mas lights and cards out and no other decorations.

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    Yes, this past weekend I saw my first xmas tv commercial of the season. It was for the QVC

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    Well, the nasty Colorado political ads have finally stopped, only to be replace with equally frequent and annoying Chirstmas ads, mostly for big box outlets.

    As for the Z Man, growing up my Mom would play Chrstmas music the first thing Thanksgiving morning (until football comes on), but we wouldn't really decorate until Dec. 6 which is St. Nicholas Day a Hungarian holiday kicking off the Christmas season. (Had to keep up with the traditions of the "Old Country" in my family)...
    oh, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year....

    <Z Man getting sentimental>....
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
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    Enough already with the crass commercialism.

    It is not even Thanksgiving until I listen to Alice's Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie.

    Q. Does KBCO (Boulder, CO) still play it only on Thanksgiving Day ?

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA
    Enough already with the crass commercialism.

    It is not even Thanksgiving until I listen to Alice's Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie.

    Q. Does KBCO (Boulder, CO) still play it only on Thanksgiving Day ?
    Yes they do... all of it!
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
    -Peart

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    What? Chri$tma$ again? I bet a few retail stores are thinking they'll keep the X-mas decorations up all year, since years pass by so fast...

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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess
    (sigh) I didn't get to do Halloween this year because it would have been too dangerous for kids to come up to my front door with all the hurricane debris still out there. I missed decorating big like we always do.

    So this year, X-mas can't come soon enough. Can't wait to bring out some happy seasonal decorations (altho' I will have to retrieve them from the a/c storage unit where they've been since H. Charley). I was surprised when I was at Target last weekend and they only had X-mas lights and cards out and no other decorations.
    She decorates her office too!!!!!!
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    I do hate that merchandising is earlier and earlier, but I LOVE the decorating season.

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    Quote Originally posted by Cardinal
    I tried to find the packages of saltine crackers, like you get with soup at a restaurant, to give out to kids at Halloween. That would have been so much fun!
    Get those little boxes of raisins...
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    Quote Originally posted by sisterceleste
    She decorates her office too!!!!!!
    Yeah, I'm the ghost of zoning christmas past. Sure miss the days when I could decorate the guys' offices with the blue balls...

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    The bright side of the X-Mass holiday season is that we can irritate the religious right for longer amounts of time with the pagan imagery of christmass.

    So, does anybody know where I can get a stuffed puritan/pilgrim to put in the juice sucking grasp of the spiders I put up in the pub for thanksgiving? I have decided not to take them down but cycle through the various characters from each successive holiday as it comes along. That aught to make people wonder.
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