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AAAAIIEEE!! It's started ALREADY!


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Actually, a WEEK ago!

 

CHRISTMAS music 25/7 on the radio!

 

A local station here used to wait until Thanksgiving to go the 24 hour Christmas music route, and end on the 26th. THEN they extended it to NEW YEAR'S day.

 

But NOW, Halloween barely faded and it began! If this pace keeps up, we'll be listening to Burl Ives sing "Holly, Jolly Christmas" on the 4th of July!

 

AAAARRRRGGGHHH!

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On the one hand, I rarely turn on a radio.

 

On the other hand, while I do think the commercial and retailer rush to Christmas decorations, etc. is a bit absurd- not to mention often trite, contrived, shallow and fake-

 

 

-I actually like Christmas and other Holiday music, of all kinds.

 

I kinda like Christmas.

 

I like any and all of the Winter/December Holidays and observances. If anyone greets me or wishes me well- verbally, in writing, via decorations, what have you- in conjunction with any of them- Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Xmas , Yule, Boxing Day, Season's Greetings, any and all of them- I'm delighted and wish them the same, more or less, in kind.

 

Anyway, it's music, it's original intent is generally of good will, cheer and hope and reflection...

 

...the dog inside you that you feed will be the one that guides your response to it, happily in kind or... not. :)

 

Have a great Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to come. :)

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They'd barely cleared out the last bags of Halloween candy at the nearby drugstore, when they started piling the Christmas candy on the display. Makes you wonder how long it was sitting in a warehouse, before that.

 

With all respect to those who still hold the holiday sacred, this is not about the spirit of Christmas, unless you honestly believe that the spirit of Christmas is greed and avarice. Even Scrooge and Marley would shake their heads. Pulling workers out of their homes on Thanksgiving, so people can shop? Obscene . . .

 

Lenny Bruce (remember him?) used to do a routine about Christ and Moses coming back. I wish he was still here, to give us an updated version; Christ and Moses go to the shopping mall, on Thanksgiving night. Oh, man, I'd get out of bed to see that . . .

 

 

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Hey, don't get me wrong. I like Christmas too. Let's face it, I'm the least "religous" person here, but the season and all it's trappings are pleasurable to me. The decorations I and others put on display are pleasing and often beautiful. And there are a ton of carols and related songs I hold dear.

 

But at my age, I recall Christmas season starting much later than now, and got used to that. Not ONLY the music, but the commercialism. I usually bake the pumpkin pies for the family Thanksgiving dinner, and as of yet, I haven't bought the fixin's. It's too early yet. But the stores are already festooned for Christmas business, and some of them are already urging shopers to put their Christmas purchases in lay-away. I haven't even considered shopping yet, as I usually don't start any of it until the second week in December( I'm NOT one of those nuts who venture out on "Black Friday").

 

I don't like being rushed no matter WHAT it's for.

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In fairness, we are in part to blame. The Christmas seasons has become more important to retailers' survival than ever before; is it really a surprise they're aggressive about it?

 

And that creates a feedback loop with the consumers as we wait until those holiday season saies start popping up...

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I don't shop for Christmas at all. If the wife wants something she goes out and gets it for herself. We buy each other Christmas and Birthday cards that is the extent of our holiday celebrations.

 

I send off some money for the grandkiddies, and step grandkiddies, and the wife sends off some for her niece, because it is important to them, but in my house we don't exchange gifts. We gave each other money for a while but since all of our money is in common it did not make any sense anymore.

 

I outgrew the whole holiday hype a long time ago. (once I found out I was Santa Clause in my house it lost it's luster).

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I'd like to get Thanksgiving out of the way first.

 

I am looking forward to seeing "A Christmas Carol" staged by the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA. They do a fantastic presentation every year, and it's never the same production twice.

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Ya it`s already in heavy rotation at every store here. I just explained to a class, about why it`s so annoying before the time is right. Japan doesn`t really do Thanksgiving so as soon as the pumpkins are gone, here comes the tinsel. I try to ignore it but I have to buy stuff, That`s when it bores into my brain like a crop infestation.

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Ya it`s already in heavy rotation at every store here. I just explained to a class, about why it`s so annoying before the time is right. Japan doesn`t really do Thanksgiving so as soon as the pumpkins are gone, here comes the tinsel. I try to ignore it but I have to buy stuff, That`s when it bores into my brain like a crop infestation.

 

Yeah, but Christmas in Japan is a trip. Like nowhere else, since there's no need for an attempted religious tie in, they just go all out for consumerism. It's the most over the top shopping frenzy I've ever seen.

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Ya it`s already in heavy rotation at every store here. I just explained to a class, about why it`s so annoying before the time is right. Japan doesn`t really do Thanksgiving so as soon as the pumpkins are gone, here comes the tinsel. I try to ignore it but I have to buy stuff, That`s when it bores into my brain like a crop infestation.

 

Yeah, but Christmas in Japan is a trip. Like nowhere else, since there's no need for an attempted religious tie in, they just go all out for consumerism. It's the most over the top shopping frenzy I've ever seen.

 

Well Christmas and New Year are exactly the opposite here. There`s all kinds of parties and outdoor light shows, and New Year is a quiet, family-oriented affair with lots of expensive `haute cuisine` food and formal greetings with relatives.

Same old surprises, brand new cliches-

 

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'Fang, you need one of the *new* *improved* advent calendars - instead of the twelve DAYS of Christmas they're now the twelve WEEKS of Christmas!

 

I like that. THAT'S funny!

 

I'll have to work on lyrics for the SONG.

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Awesome!

 

Now, I just need to get a funny looking Rasta Christmas tree- oddly, not available in stores- and rewrite Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me" so it will be a dialog between Santa and someone who was naughty...

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The only thing I really hate is the ear-blistering Salvation Army bells outside all the grocery stores. What, you don't think I can f***ing SEE you standing there, you gotta scorch my ears ringing those high pitched screeching bells as HARD AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN?!

 

Haha! that`s the spirit, Santa`s gonna luv you...

Same old surprises, brand new cliches-

 

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The only thing I hate about THEM is that they're at EVERY store. And they give you that "Yeah, right!" look when you politely tell 'em you gave a little at the LAST five stores.

Whitefang

 

It's getting so that most of my favorite food stores have some group of fundraisers stationed outside the entrance. All good causes, like feeding the homeless, etc, but I really just want to get my food & not have to negotiate a gauntlet of guilt to get in the door. Often times if I see the table & chairs with a crew of well meaning folks asking for money, I keep driving & go to some other market. They've sort of over saturated the charity field unfortunately.

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