When I was a child, I loved the Christmas Season. There was a chill in the air, so we got a crackling fire in the fireplace and hot chocolate. We would go play in the snow until our appendages were numb then we would come warm up by the fire, before heading back out for more snow filled fun.
I remember the street light posts had Shimmering decorations put up by the city workers, who were not above wishing you a “Merry Christmas”. But these workers wouldn’t dare put of the Christmas Decorations before Thanksgiving was done. The stores would, at least, wait until November 1 before they started hammering home their “sales.” People moved at a much slower pace back then. We could park the car and walk to every store we needed to go and there was always plenty of parking.
I do remember one girl, from a rather well-to-do family, getting to take an extra week off at Christmas because they were going on a ski trip to someplace out West. Wasn’t jealous of her, and actually none of us seemed to like her much because she was rather snooty and uppity.
I used to love the sights and smells of the Christmas Season and it would bring a smile to my face. But that was then!
Today, you can’t even get to Labor Day before the Christmas onslaught of “BUY, BUY, BUY, SPEND, SPEND, SPEND” is shoved in your face at every turn. And since when did a luxury automobile become a “Christmas Gift”? All these merchants have had ALL YEAR to bolster their bottom lines, but they wait until Christmas to have the sales where people get so angry they start fist fights, kick children, steal things from the elderly person’s cart, and trample people to death (without a single twinge of remorse). Christmas has turned from a Season of Giving to I Gots Tuh Git Mine So Sumbody Else Won’t!
The radio runs ruined Christmas Carols on a loop with the latest sensation adding their version of the song (complete with endless vocal aerobics). The Internet and television are filled with people who put Santa hats on their none-too-happy pets and their “I haven’t a clue what’s going on” infants expecting all the world to tell them how adorable and cute the photos are. Then there are those idiots who like to post videos of their hyped up children ripping through their gifts like sharks in a feeding frenzy, followed by further videos of the children fighting over who got what or tearing their gift up then demanding to know what else did they get.
Now I completely understand why many people prefer to spend the Christmas Season in a bar or someplace away Far From The Madding Crowd!
I used to like Christmas. Now….Stop! Just STOP!