Snow is falling. Sadly, the weather has cooled. My skin is dry no matter how hard I try. Truly, winter has arrived, creeping up on us earlier than in most years before, and with it comes the onslaught of Christmas.
Starbucks recently released its new Christmas cups, cleverly decorated with “Merry Coffee” (cleverly is a word I use sarcastically, as “Merry Coffee” is one of the least creative advertising campaigns I’ve seen in a while).
But, this is just one of many leaps from Halloween to Christmas. Grocery stores are presenting a strange aesthetic of the oranges, blacks, purples and greens of Halloween next to the reds, whites and evergreens of Christmas. Stockings next to skeletons, cauldrons next to chestnuts roasting on an open fire, mass hysteria! Cats and dogs living together in peace and harmony!
I’m not sure what it does for companies to start the Christmas cheer early, and there are of course people who are thrilled for the holidays to finally arrive. However, I find myself surrounded by holiday cheer for two months that by the time Christmas actually arrives, I’m sick of it.
By Dec. 25, I’ve heard “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” so many times that I wonder if the charge would be involuntary manslaughter or reckless driving. I’ve also seen “Elf” so many times by this point that seeing a bare pile of spaghetti gives me a flashback to Will Ferrel shoveling chocolate sauce covered noodles into his mouth.
I don’t say this to be a Scrooge. I love the holidays just as much as the next person, but I find the head-first diving into the holiday in November causes some of the magic to be lost. Additionally, it boils the holiday down from a chance to spend time with family to a chance to buy presents and fragrances.
What happened to Thanksgiving? It perfectly transitioned from Halloween to Christmas. How should one go from frights and fall leaves to softly falling snow and sugar plums dancing in our heads? With a holiday that celebrates the end of fall, and the beginning of holiday meals. Thanksgiving pays homage to fall, but also requires cozy sweaters and pie and turkey, staples of a holiday meal.
Part of it I understand, I think a great deal of the holiday hysteria comes from the weather. As winter comes faster and faster, why shouldn’t Christmas? Or perhaps it works the opposite way around. Maybe the universe is bringing winter sooner and sooner as a way of rectifying the situation. You want Christmas early? Okay, here! Take the snow and brittle cold that comes with it.