After work tonight, I stopped by the mall to pick up a birthday present for J. Okay fine ... another present for J. We already have one ... but when I found out his new squeeze will be attending dinner tomorrow night, I decided Stoney and I needed to step up our game and get him something else. Yes, yes ... I'm shallow. But you only have one chance at a first impression and I didn't want her first impression of us to be, "Those cheap bastards!"
In any case, the point is that I went to the mall. Today is November 12th. There are still sixteen days until Thanksgiving. Why does this matter? Because when I walked up to the doors, I was greeted by the Beach Boys singing, "Little Saint Nick." I thought ... this has got to be a mistake, right? Wrong.
The entire mall is entirely decked ... all the gigantic Christmas balls ... the twinkling lights ... the glitter ... it's all there. Every song that's piped in is a Christmas song. And the cherry on top? Santa is already sitting on his throne. It's November 12th!!
I don't want to be a Grinch over here ... but common. Really?? If we're starting this now, isn't everyone going to be burned out long before Christmas is really here?
I think it bothers me because last year I did my best to ignore that there was a holiday season. I enjoyed Stoney's Christmas tree immensely ... but I didn't put one up here. I barely bought Christmas presents. I remember walking through the store physically cringing when I heard Christmas music. This year I want it to be different ... I want to enjoy the season. Last night's snow was a good first step ... I guess we'll see where the holiday spirit takes us ...
There's a tale about Christmas
That you've all been told
And a real famous cat all dressed up in red
All he spends all year workin' out on his sled
Beach Boys - Little Saint Nick