Here it comes! Some are dreading it; some are looking forward to it; some are pretending it’s not going to happen this year ... I’m, of course, talking about the holiday season.
While on vacation last week, I noticed the sneaky bits of evidence pop up that gave away its swift return. The season is moving in at high speed.
Suddenly, newspaper ads began displaying Christmas trees, snowmen, wreaths and Santa decor, while others displayed “the best food deals” on stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and turkeys.
During a trip to Walmart in the middle of the week, I noticed the store’s front section, which had just days before held the last remains of Halloween costumes and large candy bags, had then been ripped apart and put together again with glowing red and green decor.
Shoppers can once again purchase candle scents like snow flake, pine tree and sugar cookie. They can buy Frosty the Snowman lawn decorations and outdoor lights for their home. They can purchase tree ornaments, holly leaves and even small stocking stuffers.
In the check-out lane, I stood behind a shopper who was already purchasing her Thanksgiving turkey. I watched her proudly pluck it from the check-out belt and place it into her cart as if she had picked a winner.
While coming home from dinner one evening, I noticed homes that were once lit with purple and orange spider lights, suddenly had made the change to green, red and white icicles lights.
During a trip to the mall, I watched workers lift and hang large Christmas garland complete with large silver bulbs and gold trumpets from the ceiling. While I listened hard, I could not yet make out any holiday music, which in some way surprised me ... but maybe that’s getting too far ahead. Perhaps that’s next on the list after hanging the mall garland.
I walked through the doors at a Lowe’s Home Improvement store and was greeted by a long line of various-sized snow blowers. Each of them exhibited how far they could throw snow.
Also, the employees at the local video store have already combed through the shelves of DVDs and pulled all the holiday movies to create their own special holiday genre section, where families can easily select their annual favorites near the popcorn stand.
Every year it amazes me how fast the holidays slip in. There just never seems to be any time between Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I have to admit, however, while I’m noticing this evidence popping up all around me, I can’t help but fall in line. Just today I made plans to help my roommate assemble our first Christmas tree together. I’ve dusted off my winter coat for the season and ready to book my first ice skating adventure at the rink.
As of last week, my Halloween decor is safe and sound in its bin back in the closet, and I’m proudly displaying my miniature Charlie Brown Christmas tree on the corner shelf in my living room. I’ve hung onto that little tree since my first year in college.
Because of a limited budget this year, I have plans for most of my holiday gifts to be homemade. Lately, I’ve been going home at night and making initial preparations for each gift. This will be my first year of sewing, painting and knitting gifts, but we will see what happens. I’ll be the first to admit, each gift plan gets me more and more into the Christmas spirit. Most likely by next week, I’ll be sewing to the tune of Christmas music.
Whether we like it or not, we can’t avoid the vivid season rolling in. We might as well embrace it ... just as we have the bitter snow forecast that’s already approached our area.
BCR Staff Writer Goldie Currie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.