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Friday, November 16, 2007

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...



This is the abomination as viewed from my back porch. Last week, some enterprising neighbors hired a lift to decorate the huge tree in their front yard. I remember driving by, thinking, I feel sorry for that guy's neighbors. Uh, that would be me. D'OH!

Actually, it is kinda pretty, and I imagine I'll sit here, drinking a cup of tea, watching the snowflakes fall, thinking something deeply spiritual with that lovely tree in the background.

However, we have not even hit Thanksgiving yet! For that matter, what happened to Veteran's Day? I'm not ready to have a Holly Jolly Christmas (which some idiotic radio station played the other day). I haven't even had my turkey. What about decking the halls with Pilgrims and Indians? Falalalalalalalala

Have we gotten so busy spending our money on junk we don't really need, but feel obligated to give that we've neglected taking the time to be still and think about how thankful we are for the money in the first place? We have to race out for the latest tacky singing Christmas blow up lawn ornament without stopping to take a look at the flags honoring the men and women who've served our country, making it a safe place for us to live, giving us the right to place those tacky lawn ornaments out there. Unless, of course, you've got an HOA. And then, my friends, you signed away that freedom. But for the rest of us, like my neighbor across the way, we can get as in your face as we want to show our pride in the holiday season.

God bless America.

May He have mercy on us all.

6 comments:

Kay said...

this is one of my big pet-peeves, too.
The day after halloween there were christmas decorations in some shopping centers.
But Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving aren't big money-makers for the merchants, you know. That's all that really matters, you know.
I am comitted to spending less than ever this year on junk for Christmas!

Tori Lennox said...

Some places around here had their Christmas decorations up BEFORE Halloween. Sheesh.

Ellen said...

I would like to see more made of Veteran's Day since our veteran's are the ones who give us the right to celebrate Christmas. It is a sorry state of affairs when Veteran's day goes past with very litle notice.
And I get sick of "Christmas" starting in early November. I feel we are losing the real meaning of Christmas.

Danica/Dream said...

Okay, the funniest part of the day today was when Kay invited me to go shopping for Christmas decorations. I was so frazzled with my girls that when she leaned over and said, "hey, after this, wanna go shopping for Christmas decorations," I said sure. I thought Kay was going to die laughing. I'd have probably gone then had a heart attack when I realized where we were had she not been kidding.

Before Halloween is even more ridiculous.

Ellen, amen on both counts!

Heather said...

Sorry, but I love the holly jolliness of Christmas. I'm going to start decorating this week. I used to complain about it coming too early, but now--the earlier the better. I've been in the Christmas spirit since October. Hey--it's the most wonderful time of the year...

Chelf said...

I used to work in a Hallmark store. The Christmas ornaments went up in JULY! I kinda like Christmas, but I don't want the material obsession to last more than one month.

Our Wal-Mart had Halloween stuff on sale half price and Christmas stuff up next to it on October 28th.

America is driven by the "All-Mighty Dollar", which is a sad state to be in.