What's the big hurry?

Is it just me or does the holiday push just keep coming earlier and with more intensity every year? I guess as bad as the economy is, retailers are chomping at the bit for the chance to get people to get into stores, they start as early as they think they can get away with.

For Pete's sake, baseball season ended less than a week ago.

I went to the grocery store to pick up milk after work today, and they had a whole makeshift aisle between produce and the first real aisle with gift ideas. The kind of gifts that old people who go absolutely nowhere else shopping buy for their family. I'm sure there were a few "As Seen on TV" items next to the home beer brewery kit.

They must have been clearance selling out the Halloween candy over the past week because they only had a few bags of candy left in a couple of buggies up near the check out where I did snag my last back of candy corn for a year for a grand total of 86 cents.

The thing I am most thankful for today is that Amanda moved upstairs since she set up her online Christmas music stations today. No offense to Amanda personally - I just can't handle "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" or "Let it Snow" yet. I'm pretty sure it hit 80 degrees today, or close to it.

Can we not throw a little love towards Tom Turkey and the Pilgrims before decking our halls?

And everyone is going back to layaway for Christmas. Why is it only toys, electronics and jewelry at Walmart? What if someone needs a vacuum cleaner or even clothes as a necessity?

What is it with all the commercials on TV already?

I remember back in the day when my family was among the early birds when we put up our Christmas tree on Thanksgiving Day. Am I really getting that old that it was that long ago.

I know the world does not revolve around me, but the "rule" in my family, or at least in my mind is that no Christmas decorations, emphasis, etc. until after my birthday. Is November 18 really that unreasonable?

Think about it - two solid months of the holiday shopping emphasis. One out of every 6 days in a calendar year. Is that not a bit much? Does it not take some of the magic out of the season?

It honestly does more to get me out of the mood instead of getting me into it. Yeah, I know. I'm the Grinch. I'm a Scrooge.

Yes, I am going to wait 24 more days before I drag out all the new purple Christmas decorations that I bought on clearance after Christmas last year.

However, if someone finds a string of 100 purple lights on green wire while they are out shopping, let me know. I couldn't find them last year. I will make the sacrifice of venturing into holiday land early if I can find those.