Monday, November 9, 2009

The Holy Trinity of Holidays Has Become Hallothanksmas

Way back in the time of the dinosaurs when I was a kid, holidays had a natural progression that spanned three months and didn't overlap at all.  Halloween was the first holiday and eagerly anticipated not just because of the sugary loot that we knew would be ours after ringing on a lot of doorbells but also for the excitement of what we were going to dress up as.  Carved Jack O' Lanterns, scarecrows stuffed with leaves, Kleenex ghosts, scary stories, and fun parties were all a part of one of the best holidays ever.

Thanksgiving was next in line with construction paper Pilgrim hats, turkeys drawn by tracing our hands, and a big meal where family and friends gathered around the table for the best feast of the year.  Mom's best dishes were broken out of storage, you could eat as much as you wanted without getting yelled at, and items like cranberry sauce, mini-gherkins, and olives made an appearance on the table for perhaps the first and only time of the year in a cut-glass dish that you always forgot even existed! 

Not until Santa arrived at the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade did Christmas come into play.  The day after Thanksgiving was when Christmas lights began to shine all over the place, carols were sung on the radio and everywhere else, the Nativity scene appeared in front of the local church, pagaents were reheased and performed at school, and you could go to the store to visit Santa and climb onto his lap, tell him what you wanted for Christmas, and maybe even walk away with a small candy cane secure in the knowledge that he'd do his best to get you your heart's desire. Christmas Eve could never come quick enough or be over soon enough as you waited in anticipation of Christmas morning to see what might be under the tree.  It truly was magic and the most wonderful time of the year.

Now that I'm older the Holy Trinity of Holidays that I remember as a kid all seem to have blurred into one big holiday called Hallothanksmas - overlapping and wrapping around each other so much that you can hardly tell where one ends and the other begins.  I have to be honest with you - I don't like it.

I hate the fact that when you go into a store two weeks before Halloween you're confronted with shelves and shelves of Christmas items already jockeying for place next to the plastic pumpkins and costumes and I hate it even worse when even before the ghosts and ghouls have had a chance to return to whence they came, stores have now moved into full-blown Christmas attack mode and TV commercials have done the same.  Alas, Thanksgiving seems to be completely lost in the shuffle as the media starts to make their predictions for whether retailers are going to have a naughty or nice year and Hollywood pumps out holiday movies as soon as possible to also cash in on the bountiful spending of the season.

It's all very sad if you ask me and I want my separate holidays back.  I don't want my holiday cheer to be drowned in the commerciality of the season where the focus now seems to be more on what you want and what you get.  That's not what the holiday season is supposed to be about but retailers seem to run right over Thanksgiving in their hurry to cash in on their own tidings of great joy in the form of greater consumer spending.

I know it's never going to happen but I really wish that we could enjoy November and Thanksgiving before Christmas encroaches.  I don't know when the holidays all changed but I sure do miss having one in October, one in November, and one in Dcember.  I can't possibly be the only one, can I?


  1. Nope your not the only one

  2. I went to Michael's the saturday after halloween. (last sat) they already had ALL the Christmas stuff out and WERE PLAYING CHRISTMAS CAROLS!!! aarrrgghh. no wonder we're all tired of them by Dec 25th.

    but I got me a cool lit angel lawn ornament for 40% I guess I can't gripe tooo much (she did, however go in thegarage till after Thanksgiving!)---have you seen how some folks have already put up Christmas decorations??

  3. Anonymous8:08 AM EST

    Yup, soon the Valentine's Day stuff will be jockeying for shelf space, then Easter...

  4. I don't like it either. Our votes apparently don't count though. Big hugs...

  5. Some of our local radio stations are playing Christmas music already. People are going to be sick of Christmas before it even SNOWS HERE. WTF, people... WTF??!

  6. Well, since I rarely go shopping I never see it, and so this doesn't bother me at all.

    Oh. And please don't be mad at me... I love Chistmas music and play my favorites many times throughout the year! It makes me happy. (One of my sisters does too.) For me, the true meaning of Christmas has nothing at all to do with retail shopping or Santa Claus.

  7. There's a place here called Keller's that's an upper end specialty store. They start Christmas in September every year. I can so relate.

    I love what Barb said too.

    Have a terrific day Linda. Big hug. :)

  8. I have said the same thing over and over.

  9. I so agree with you Linda and it's a sure bet that before Christmas is over there will be Easter Eggs on the supermarket shelves! :(

  10. i hate it! i love each holiday by itself! i think they are all so watered down now they aren't much fun...

    smiles, bee

  11. Hallowthankmas is a good name. Over here, we probably call it Halloguyfawkesnightmas

  12. "Sleigh bells ring...are you listenin'?"

    Seriously I agree with the fact that Thanksgiving has gotten lost in the shuffle of November

    I don't like it one bit either. It's not right.

  13. Huh, I thought I was the only one that hated the blurring...and that's because I really don't care for Christmas that much. I love Thanksgiving though, and I get annoyed that it gets wrapped up with the Christmas stuff.

  14. There is absolutely no reason I can think of that prohibits you from maintaining the split between holidays as you remember it. If that's the tradition that you want, then go for it I say.

    Retailers have no power over you if you don't let them have it.

  15. I don't celebrate Halloween, but I detest the retailer$$$$$$$$. I celebrate Thanksgiving by going to church and actually giving thanks; I don't celebrate anything to do with Santa Claus, but the birth of Christ.
    Sorry, I don't mean to "preach," but that's how I truly feel. If others want to commercialize the holidays, fine. I just don't like it. And I'll be darned if I ever have a "holiday tree!"

  16. I am sorry to say but I am NOT a Christmas person at all. I suppose it comes from to many years as a retail clerk. Like yourself I want seperate holidays. Our store has been decked out with Christmas trees and decorations for weeks already and the mall has santa home already up and waiting for him to arrive the day after Thanksgiving. As for me I say BAH HUM BUG!

  17. Linda:

    Thank you for stopping by my place, and for the kind comments. If you - or anyone else - is interested in trying to stem the tide, welcome to the battle. The following post may be of interest, and all are free to steal it or any part of it.

  18. "Hallothanksmas!" I love that! Great post--and sadly, spot-on.


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