When I was a kid, there was a debate over when The Holiday Season started.
Some said “December 10th”, because this gave two weeks until Holiday. As a child, I thought this horribly draconian.
Some said “The day after Thanksgiving!”, because they owned retail stores.
Some said “December 1st!”, because of some vague thing having to do with the month, I guess. Trying to split the difference, I guess.
As I get older and older, I realize that the draconians were right.
The music, mostly.
Though, of course, the Holiday section that gets put up in the back corner of Target gets put up in September. Which strikes me as the sort of thing that would have made the draconians from my youth bellow “I TOLD YOU IT WOULD COME TO THIS!!!!”
Of course, the hobby/craft stores need Holiday sections in the back because, hey, it takes months and months to do some of those things so if you want to unveil them in time to put them up behind the cash register of your store in time for the day after Thanksgiving, you’ve gotta get started as early as possible.
And then people can say “Man, we used to wait until December.”
So, this weekend, I am going to go out and get groceries at the various stores around town and, officially, have no leg to stand on as I walk down the soup aisle and they’re playing “Jingle Bell Rock”.
So… what’s on your docket?
(Image is “Play” by Clare Briggs. Used with permission of the Briggs estate.)