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Happy holidays?

November 5, 2015
Editorial , Lake Placid News

When the clock struck midnight - 12 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 - shutting the door on Halloween, someone flipped on the Christmas switch.

Two hours later, Daylight Saving Time ended, and when we woke up Sunday morning, the mad rush to buy, buy, buy our way into Christmastime had begun.

Better get your outside Christmas lights up now before it snows. Better start watching Christmas movies on television now to get in the mood. Better start shopping for Christmas gifts now before it's too late; there's only 54 days left.

You can't go anywhere without being reminded that it's time to get your Christmas shopping done.

Next year, Lake Placid may want to hold its annual Holiday Village Stroll on the second weekend of November. By the second weekend in December, it will be too late. We'll all be Christmased out by then.

Christmas will soon be longer than any of the four seasons, as this winter holiday is currently on the verge of swallowing autumn as we know it.

With its Nov. 1 beginning, that's two whole months of Christmas - 17 percent of the calendar year - all for one day.

Alas, it's too late to restructure the Christmas holiday season, and it's too bad because we're sure a majority of Americans despise having Christmas shoved down their throats like castor oil.

"Drink up. It's good for you."

We feel bad for the true victim here: Thanksgiving. Poor Thanksgiving. It's been devoured by Christmas. When the holidays get together for their annual family reunion, we wonder what that conversation is like.

Thanksgiving: "Hey, Christmas, get out of my face."

Christmas: "Back off, Thanksgiving, I'm taking over, you wimp. Halloween, you're next!"

New Year's Day just hangs in the corner and says, "I told you that would happen, Thanksgiving. He knocked me off the calendar years ago."

When the first Black Friday sale came along, Thanksgiving should have known his days were numbered. Now Black Friday sales last throughout the entire month of November, and they're knocking on Halloween's door.

And Halloween shouldn't talk. He's learning bad habits from his bully brother Christmas by taking over September. Candy and costumes line the store aisles by Labor Day. Who needs two months of Halloween?

Perhaps now is a good time to remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season. This is a time for giving. Let's ask ourselves, "How will we be giving back to our community, our families, our neighbors this time of year?"

It's a better message than, "How much stuff can we buy?" But good deeds don't make money. For the time being, it looks as though the cash cow of Christmas will continue to grow until the bubble bursts, and we don't see that happening anytime soon. Sorry, Thanksgiving.



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