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Suddenly it's Christmas

I noticed they've already got Christmas stuff all over the place at the grocery store. Sheesh. It reminds me of some of my favorite lines from a song by Loudon Wainwright III:
Dragging through the falling leaves in a one-horse open sleigh,
Suddenly it's Christmas, seven weeks before the day.

Suddenly it's Christmas, the longest holiday
When they say "season's greetings," they mean just what they say:
It's a season, it's a marathon ... retail eternity
And it's not over 'til it's over and you throw away the tree.


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Nov. 13th, 2002 04:12 pm (UTC)
Christmas stuff has been on the shelves since early October here.

But that's ok as I'm feeling so totally christmasified. After spending Monday with much of the distaff side of my family making our heirloom decorations (how homey is that?), tonight an American friend asked for details of the traditional English Christmas dinner for a fic, and I found that once I started describing Christmas traditions, I couldn't stop.

I'm going to get as bad as my daughter, who for the last fortnight has been saying "I can't wait 'til Christmas, Mummy. I just can't wait."

Of course this fond nostalgia for the time of year will soon vanish when I start the Christmas shopping, hehe.

Nov. 13th, 2002 11:27 pm (UTC)
Christmas stuff has been on the shelves since early October here.

Possibly here, as well. I can be remarkably unobservant sometimes. I mentioned to my husband -- when we were doing this week's shopping -- that the grocery store had Thanksgiving stuff out (stuffing mix, canned pumpkin, etc.), and he gave me a funny look and said, "They've got *Christmas* stuff out already." When I looked around ... sure enough! Christmas stuff all over the place. I must have been blocking it out to avoid the guilt that would accompany the realization that I haven't even begun shopping for gifts yet.
Nov. 14th, 2002 02:32 am (UTC)
For me, Christmas stuff being on shelves is acceptable once Halloween has passed. Yes it's a long season but I'm okay with that, as I luuuurve Christmas. I'm just a big ol' Christmas Geek. :) Still, I did once see Christmas stuff on shelves in early September, and even I blew my stack.
Nov. 14th, 2002 02:59 pm (UTC)
I lurve Christmas as much as the next person (unless the next person is my mom, who spends all year shopping and gives my brother and me an absolutely insane number of presents ... we always celebrated "Santa Claus's birthday" as a pretty big deal), but I just feel that everything has its time and place. And Christmas's time and place is in December. ;-)
Nov. 15th, 2002 09:08 am (UTC)
"God rest ye, merry merchandisers,
Make the Yuletide pay!"

"Angels we have heard on high
Tell us to go out and buy."

You know what's wrong with this town? Not enought Tom Lehrer fans.
Nov. 17th, 2002 06:22 pm (UTC)
Tom Lehrer rocks. I should buy some Tom Lehrer stuff to add to my "music that makes me happy" playlist, because he always cracks me up.
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