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Not so much a ‘Bah Humbug;’ just more of a ‘Bah Not Right Now’

If people think it’s early enough to act upon the urge I find out of place at this time of year, then it is apparently early enough for me to complain about it.
You might have seen a house in your neighborhood, or maybe on your street, or possibly you are one of the people I am talking about jumping the gun whose home is shining bright during the evening with Christmas lights attached to the roof before turkeys are even thawing for the Thanksgiving holiday.
It seems every year it gets earlier and earlier that homeowners are putting up their Christmas lights, big chain retail stores are stocking their shelves with holiday decorations and easy listening radio stations are switching to “all Christmas music, all the time.” I don’t remember as a kid seeing anything Christmas related well until the beginning to middle of December, but now it seems each holiday season the lights come out of the attic and make it on the rooftops well before Turkey Day even rolls around. Why is that?
I can understand why businesses want to push Christmas early in November because it encourages people to get started purchasing gifts for their loved ones. If you really think about it, other than food, not many Thanksgiving items are purchased to prepare for the holiday. More and more you might see giant blowup turkeys in the yard of random homes here and there, but generally it isn’t a time when people spend a lot of money. So that covers the retail stores.
What about that pesky radio station that I avoid from the middle of November to well after Dec. 25? I suppose there are some people out there who enjoy the same 17 Christmas songs played on a continuous loop, I’m just not one of them.
I guess I’m sounding like a Scrooge, but honestly I really enjoy Christmas music. I just don’t want to listen to it when it is still in the high 70s outside my office window, let alone when Santa’s little helpers haven’t even started building the Etch A Sketches. I start to listen to Christmas music about a week out and that is plenty of time to get me in the “holly jolly” spirit.
I have no idea whether the Christmas-themed playlist increases revenue at radio stations during the holidays, but I am going to assume it does, otherwise the company execs wouldn’t keep it up, let alone keep moving up the start day like they do.
So that brings us to those who do think for themselves. Yet it is like the blind leading the deaf because as soon as the decorations hit the shelves and the music hits the radio waves it seems some of us become Christmas light zombies, not able to think for ourselves, only untangling strands and testing bulbs in the middle of November.
For whatever reason you decide to start putting up Christmas lights and decorations around the house right now, I will never understand. However, like my fiancé said, if it takes your mind off of the nation’s problems and gets you in a good mood then more power to you.

Matt Cook is the managing editor at the Ennis Daily News and can be reached at editor@ennisdailynews.com

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