Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Holidays


When I was young, the holiday season didn't begin until after Thanksgiving.  But, over the years, retailers have tried to start it earlier and earlier, to lure us into buying stuff.  Two weeks ago I went to the mall and saw it all festooned with Christmas decorations.

When do you start celebrating the holidays?  Are you in the holiday spirit yet?

31 comments:

  1. Italians don't celebrate Thanksgiving but I do here in Rome, I lived in New York for over 15 years and I love the turkey and pecan pies etc. We live in Sicily but are now in Rome. There are decorations all over the city already, people are starting to buy gifts. Via del Corso (the 5th ave. of Rome) is already too crowded to even go near. My daughter went there last Sunday and couldn't wait to get out, it was just so crowded!

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  2. Since Canadian Thanksgiving is mid October, the general rule in stores, up here, is to wait until after Halloween. My rule is that I wait to play Christmas music until after Remembrance Day, and decorations go up after December 1.

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  3. It's so true about the holidays being shoved down our throats earlier and earlier every year. Christmas has become so commercialized that we sometimes forget the true meaning of the Christmas holiday. We don't put up our tree or do any shopping until after Thanksgiving.

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  4. Well, I don't really start celebrating Christmas until after Thanksgiving, but I'm SO in the holiday spirit!! I start getting all excited about the holidays around Halloween. lol Just because it's one fun thing after another from Halloween till Christmas. =)

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  5. I started celebrating the first week of October lol. It wasn't even Halloween yet. There's nothing more that I love than Christmas! They are so on Black Friday too, they started posting in October: "Early Black Friday deals" I was like...really? like they won't come up with more "one time deals". Sad thing is I'm a shop-a-holic it's not like I'll only shop during Black Friday : D

    -Jaz
    http://summerlilacs.blogspot.com/

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  6. yes, i'm in holiday spirit, but my job didn't let me have a holiday until december :')
    i see christmas decoration at mall since a week ago. i can't wait december come so soon :))

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  7. I am well known for being a grinch. I hate holidays. I am skipping Thanksgiving to go to a football game and hosting "Giftmas" on Dec 31. Most of my objections are religiously based. I dont think getting a new stereo is an appropriate way to commemorate the birth of Jesus, ya know? I prefer Christmas to be a time of introspection and service to others. The majority of my family is not religious. Non practicing Jew, non practicing Catholic, a handful of agnostics and a couple of atheists.

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  8. I don't care for Christmas, especially receiving gifts. It makes me feel bad. My family starts decorating around mid December.

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  9. I usually have to get my birthday out the way 1st, then the festivities begin!!
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  10. With Halloween the 'holiday season' starts. But for Christmas stuff I don't like to get into it until after thanksgiving. We can barely hold off our kids though. They are already remembering their special ornaments and dying to take them out. The weekend of thanksgiving we'll buy and decorate their tree (actually they will). Even though it will drive me crazy to not have it perfect I resist all my urges and let them do it their way. Which is why we have our own 'adult' tree, you know 'the perfect' one. :)
    Daphne.
    http://fashiondivamommy.blogspot.com

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  11. In Germany, where Halloween is a pretty recent thing and Thanksgiving doesn't exist, Christmas cookies and decorations start popping up in stores around the beginning of October! It rather annoys me :)

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  12. We don't have Thanksgiving here, but I would surely think of it as a 'start point' to the silly season. I am so far from the festive mood still. Our stores also decorate earlier and earlier here ... almost time to do a little decorating myself, but I won't do much as my little people will be on our continent :-)

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  13. Ooops, last line should have
    'my little people will be on YOUR continent.'

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  14. I am a little Scrooge-y and get annoyed at the super-early decorations, carols, etc. I think putting up a tree a few days before the holiday would be lovely (although we don't do a tree at all) : >

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  15. I'm horribly forgetful, so I start preparing last minute every year. I forgot thanksgiving was coming up until last week. Mom had to remind me. I avoid most stores if possible, other than thrift stores, grocery shopping and online shopping... I'm rarely ever in a store. So I'm happy to ignore the Hallothankmas season except on the actual days.

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  16. While I love the holiday season, it bugs me when people start putting all the Christmas/holiday stuff up in the beginning of October! Who the heck want to think about Christmas before it's even Halloween, lol! Maybe I'll be in the holiday spirit tomorrow as I'm baking dessert for Thanksgiving. :)

    Principessa Gabriella

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  17. As soon as the snow comes I'll be in the festive spirit! My condo lobby is now decorated for the holidays with festive music on a timer so that will get me motivated to put up my tree soon!

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  18. I love the holidays so I try to get all of MY Christmas shopping down before Thanksgiving because that's when the shopping starts going crazy. But I don't decorate or wrap presents until Dec 1st. I don't mind a little Christmas music & such though, since I don't work retail anymore that is.

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  19. But not at Nordstrom! Hahahahaha!

    Christmas is probably my favorite holiday. That being said, I'm not really in the mood this year and probably won't be. Post break-up blues still. Woe is me. Not really. It's just weird not to buy presents for your love.

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  20. Not in the holiday spirit, usually get there about a week or so before. Have to get past thanksgiving and the down times of the holiday.
    What makes holidays most difficult is the forced commercialism, which has been earlier and earlier each year.
    The fact that I know I have to play christmas music for the entire month of december, why did they start before thanksgiving on the radios and xm and in the stores.
    I know I will have to greet people every day with a "season's greetings" just to have them look at me and tell me how bad the economy is.
    In all this negativity that I am shrouded in, there is hope and light, and that is why this for me is also the time of year where I try to give as much as I can in all ways. Although my help can't be so much financially, I try to help in ways to make others smile, even at the expense of making myself cry. Each smile that I bring makes me even more sensitive to the needs and wants of others.
    Its the emotional time to be thankful, grateful, alive, and together with friends and family, even if people have parte din many ways...
    Personally I can't wait to get past christmas to celebrate a new beginning and new year, but for now, I look at it, what can I do to make me smile, and what can i do to help another each day....that is my christmas wish...

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  21. Personally I feel the early display of "the holidays" has gotten out of hand. now ever before hallowen, I've been seeing Christmas merchandise and displays. By Christmas, the actually holiday, I will be burned out. But the retailers are thinking bottom line, not holiday.

    I celebrate seasonal holidays, right on time. Happy pre-Thanksgiving to you, friend.
    the Citizen Rosebud

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  22. Why does Christmas start so early??! At home we don't start until mid-December! But the coca-cola Christmas advert started here in the UK already, which a lot of people say is the start of Christmas! I did get all of my presents in October, but that's because I am currently not working and I wanted to do it while I still had money!! Have a great Thanksgiving! xxx

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  23. The holiday season already started in Holland, since we celebrate 'Sinterklaas', he's our Santa. BUT santa comes as well ;)

    Loves,
    Rowan

    www.redreidinghood.com

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  24. I looked at your earlier posts and just LOVE your new hair!! I have missed reading your blog : (
    I am back for now though. I am always done shopping by Thanksgiving and I LOVE baking! I am very much in the Holiday spirit.

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  25. Midnight Black Friday shopping, here I come!

    I start early. Obviously.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  26. The Christmas spirit hasn't set in yet. But I have really been looking forward to Thanksgiving. It's really cool to see the town being decorated for Christmas. I'll be ready to deck the halls soon, too.

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  27. The trees were in malls here in Oct but I feel I'm being dragged kicking and screaming into Xmas. Would love a really long hoilday though!

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  28. I hate the early push... one holiday at a time, please! My tree doesn't go up until December. I'm not so much a grinch as Freeda, but I'm not religious either, so I have a different take.

    Halloween is about silly fun, Thanksgiving for comfort going into winter, and Christmas/Giftmas is about thinking of others - especially those we care about.

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  29. yes, very much. people celebrate christmas here in my country for more than a month. you see christmas decors everywhere as early as october. haha :D

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  30. Oh wow, you know those assholes who listen to xmas music the day after Halloween? Kyle et Moi. I don't put up decorations until after Turkey day, but I will watch movies and listen to xmas music.

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  31. Im not sure I'll be celebrating anything this year.
    Here November is where we celebrate our several independences so its a pretty patriotic month that includes flag day - December 8th is mothers day and THEN we kick off Christmas.
    Although in the intent of starting early sales most stores have Santa Claus and then right next to him a flag and a sign reminding you mother's day is coming up. Yup weird.

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