Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The Christmas Buffer
Thanksgiving also serves another important function that I already sorely miss here: keeping the Christmas season confined to the month (give or take) after the third Thursday in November. True, the commercial creep into the pre-Thanksgiving days state-side has become ever persistent in recent years, but there are notable hold-outs such as Nordstrom and Santa Clause not coming until the very end of the Macy's Day Parade. Despite the commercial creep, it is rare to find a soul who will put out the tree and lights before Thanksgiving - it's just not really done.
Here, it's no holds bar. Commercial and non-commercial creep are everywhere, and it makes me a bit homesick. I guess I feel like Christmas becomes less special if it is an every-day occurrence - much like the Disney Incredibles' (written by Mormons, fyi) villain saying: "If everyone is special, no one is..."
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