Too Soon.

Walking through Kinney Drugs (Central and Northern New York drug store chain) yesterday I noticed that the seasonal aisle had been populated with an assortment of Christmas/holiday decorations, festive lights and bulbs and baubles of all sorts. In the distance I overheard a “ho ho ho” from the tinny intercom speaker. The sound of jingle bells blared from a card in the greeting card section.

I’m sorry, but it’s just too early for that sort of merriment.

There may be snow in the air and it might be getting dark early, but Christmas does not come before Thanksgiving in the United States. If more people would stop and take time to appreciate what they have to be thankful for, instead of plotting on how they’re going to double their electric bill with blow up baby Jesuses on the front lawn, I firmly believe that we would be living in a happier time.

I have a few ideas of what I am going to do to celebrate the holiday, after Thanksgiving. I muse over these things in private. I do not muse over them while enjoying a cup of egg nog because it’s just too early for that sort of thing.

Thanksgiving is a dignified, responsible holiday. We need to remember that and give it the dignity it deserves.