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WHY!! Why do they do this! Why so SOON! It's the first day of November! I'm not emotionally ready to start the holidays. I can't be expected to be festive for two entire months. It's just too much pressure!
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I was picking up some last minute costume stuff and one aisle over from Halloween was Christmas merchandise. So I could see them both at the same time. No. ....No No. No. My brain is not made to process both Halloween and Christmas simutaneously. There should be some small buffer zone. It's unseemingly.
We agree!! Consumerism is out of control... we as a family made a big change a few years ago and decided we would only give eachother one store bought gift & one homemade gift for Christmas, wanting keep the focus on the real reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place; the birth of Christ. We have all we need and more, Instead we look to see how we can support our community with service to those who don't have enough and there is plenty of it around us in this economy.
Check out this awesome idea our pastor put into action some years back, it has taken off around the country: http://www.adventconspiracy.org/
On another note I am enjoying your blogs very much, so fun to follow along on your adventures... Don and I were recently home in Denmark for a friends wedding and time with my family around Copenhagen, Aalborg & Odense. Too bad we weren't close enough for a visit together.
May you continue to experience sweet surprises around every corner... God Bless You with safety & good health through this holiday season. Be sure to let me know if you venture over to DK so I can hook you up with some family and sights to be sure to enjoy.
Take Care, Kristina, Don and Lisbeth ;-)
PS. love the new photo of the 3 of you looking out the windows, fantastic!
Our capitalist society has been stuffing Christmas consumerism down our throats for decades. Now, deep in a recession, there is a distinct feeling of desperation in the air. Most retail businesses make their largest profits from successful holiday sales. Christmas is just another excuse to demand that people spend money. Look at the Halloween phenomenon. Fifty years ago, it was just for kids hoping to get more candy than they'd see for the rest of the year. This year in my neighborhood in Pasadena, every other house is elaborately decorated with typical iconic Halloween imagery, mostly store bought. Let's face it, people like to buy stuff and as long as there is a market for something, there will be someone to sell it to you. The best holiday is Thanksgiving. Pure in it's intentions, it brings family and friends together to share a fine meal. Not too many retailers have figured out how to sell us unnecessary stuff for it, yet........
They had Christmas stuff displayed at Costco shortly after Labor Day!
*Giggle* I wrote "unseemingly". What the **** does that MEAN? Note to self: stop posting when you're hitting the cough and cold meds.
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