Um, really? I just saw a Christmas commercial and it’s not even Halloween yet! What is wrong with this picture? Do we really need to have the upcoming holiday season shoved down our throats like this before we even have a chance to enjoy the one we are at? Also, I was out shopping yesterday and what did I see? Christmas decorations on the shelves. Oh hellz no. It’s almost as if the big name department stores are so desperate to suck the money out of our wallets that they need to play mind control games on us to make sure we are conditioned to spend spend spend! Hello, let’s not forget about Thankgiving! Personally, I don’t even want to think about the major shopping holiday coming up before I enjoy engorging myself on delicious turkey and stuffing. We still have 58 more days dammit! That’s almost two months away. I feel as if we are being bent over by old Saint Nick and Santa is having his way with us! HO-HO-HO!
Another thing that really pisses me off are that most all the stores are open on the major holidays now. Whatever happened to giving these hard working people the day off? The holidays used to be about spending time with family and friends. Years ago almost everything was closed. People used to use these days to relax and enjoy life a bit. This country has become all about the almighty dollar so much that even on Thanksgiving people have to work since these chain stores are so greedy they can’t fathom staying closed one day. Don’t even get me started on Black Friday. Another hellz no. Sure, there are some good sales going on that day but you won’t find me anywhere near those stores in that nightmare of human shopping orgy. Not worth it for me just to save a few bucks. I’ll enjoy my four day weekend by not going near a Walmart, Macy’s, Target, etc, and dealing with all the suburbo-trash parents and their bratty kids that seem to pile into these stores on these days. Nope, sorry, that is just cray to me!
Now, we have Cyber Monday which has become another big shopping day for those who absolutely hate actually going into the stores to shop no matter what day it is. I am on the fence about this one. I’m the type that still likes to see and feel the product in person when shopping for gifts. There is just something a bit impersonal about doing all my holiday shopping on the net. It’s hard to judge the quality when buying off a website at times. Yet, I have bought things off websites that turned out pretty well. Also, what else does everyone do at work on this day? Surely not work! I think people would go into panic mode if all our employers across the country blocked access to every store and Cyber Monday sales site on that day. Damn, people might have to wait until they get home at night to shop online for that ugly sweater or useless gift!
All in all, I guess we have no choice anymore. Too much of our economy nowadays is reliant upon buying useless crap that doesn’t even last that long. It’s all disposable. We hardly make anything here in the states anymore as we have gone from an industrialzed nation to a service based and consumerized country. The nation’s brand name stores rely on the major holidays to help hit their botton lines and generate big sales numbers. Like the zombies we see on The Walking Dead we are attacted to all the noise generated by the annoying commercials, print ads, and crazy sales that are thrown at us. It is just starting and will get worse over these next few months. Heck, I even saw a Santa on the city streets yesterday!
Don’t get me wrong as I do enjoy the holidays, and Christmas is still a favorite. I like decorating the place, handing out gifts, having fun walking around NYC and seeing everything all decked out for the season. There is nothing like Christmas in NYC. It’s the one time of year I see people behave a little nicer to each other. There is a feeling of optimism and consideration among the hustle and bustle going on each day here.
Yet, when I see Christmas sales commercials on tv in October I feel like this……