I understand the value of a positive mental attitude and I also consider myself a reasonably festive individual during the holiday season. Often in the month of December, I can be found at most social functions wearing my beloved Santa hat. However I don’t feel very festive in the beginning of October. Starting bright and early on the first of the tenth month, I was greeted at the local big box with jingle bells and light-up trees — WTF?
I’m not trying to be a schmuck here, but it was just shy of 100 degrees outside and only a few weeks after Labor Day and I’m getting hit with holiday time already. I rounded a corner and a giant sign said, “Only 85 shopping days left!” I grabbed the bag of charcoal I was there to get and had to leave before the time vortex catapulted me into the future.
Perhaps I’m being overly sensitive, like when my father talks about how expensive everything is now or when old people refer to any noise over a whisper as That Damn Noise.
What do you think? Am I ready for a “Get off my lawn” sign, or is this as early in the year as it feels like?