Bah, humbug!

bah, humbug

Enough already!

I stopped at Ralph's supermarket on the way home from brunch to pick up some tonic water and limes for the cocktail hour this afternoon. They were playing Christmas music over the loudspeakers and staff were wearing little red Santa hats. It made me nauseous.

For it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you-u-u, with you-u-u! Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up let's go...

Call me old. Call me curmudgeonly. Call me Scrooge. Call me a grinch. But this is going too far. Simply too far.

It used to be that Thanksgiving Day marked the beginning of the Christmas season. That night, my parents used to bundle us up in the car for a drive through the countryside and into town to see the Christmas lights and decorations, first turned on that day. A month seemed sufficient for the Christmas season back then.

Christmas bell

Then, in the late 1960s and early 1970s when I first lived in Hawaii, Christmas decorations and displays would go up after Halloween was over. The rationale was that people needed to do their shopping early so as to mail their parcels in time to get to mainland and foreign destinations by surface transportation. As a public service, the newspapers would publish lists of "last day to mail" for popular destinations. This was, of course, before so much is sent by UPS and FedEx. It seemed to make sense.

But October 3 !?!?!? We haven't even set our clocks to "fall back," for goodness sakes! We haven't had the election yet, for crying out loud! Have they no decency? Have they no shame?

I complained loudly to everyone in earshot — and that was quite a few people, actually — that it was totally inappropriate and that as a result I would not be returning to Ralph's until after the New Year, if then. I don't think they got it.

If ever there was reason to launch a culture war, this is it!