When I was a kid, I knew the holidays from the classroom displays. Mrs. Landsdale wouldn’t dare put up the Thanksgiving decorations until November 1st. She certainly never stapled our paper plate Santa faces to the bulletin board until we returned from Thanksgiving break.
When I worked in newspaper advertising, we hated the day after Thanksgiving. That was the largest paper of the year because of all the ads and the stores opened an hour early to kick off the retail Christmas season.
Now retailers pull Halloween candy off the shelf to put up egg nog. The “Day After Thanksgiving” sales start on Thanksgiving Day.
Remember when “Christmas in July” was a sales gimmick? Soon our children will think Santa wears sunscreen and shoots off firecrackers.
Note to all area shopping centers with Christmas trees displays: I’m on to you. This isn’t the Christmas spirit. It’s a not-so-subtle inducement to convince me to start Christmas shopping early.
I’ll see you December 23rd. That is my Christmas tradition.