WHAT IF THEY HAD CHRISTMAS AND NOBODY CAME?
Two things I’ve noticed in the last few weeks:
1. The Christmas hype has been even hypier than usual, reaching a fever pitch at the beginning of the month and going up from there. “IT’S NOT TOO LATE! GET YOUR LAST MINUTE GIFTS HERE!” the mail order catalogs screamed on December 1st. Since when is that last minute? The desperation of the retailers is palpable.
2. There’s a backlash. People are opting out. The streets around here are mostly dark… few have gone to the trouble to decorate the outsides of their houses. A few years ago there were so many Christmas tree lots I could walk to several from my front door. Yesterday we had to drive for miles to find one. News reports indicate that holiday spending has been tepid.
Could we have finally maxed out on Christmas? Have we reached the point where the culture is so oversaturated with obligatory merriment that a rebellion of sorts has begun? Financially strapped families who have yet to reap the benefits of the alleged economic recovery may have elected to use their scarce resources wisely… more food, less glitz. The hypocrisy inherent in the commercial bombardment in conjunction with a holy day may have final pushed us over the tipping point. Christmas is no longer cool.
Those of you who have been reading me for awhile have heard me talk about my dear husband, Technogeek. Well it turns out somebody on Xanga uses that handle, and it is definitely not my husband. So I’ll have to call him (my husband) something else, even though Technogeek describes him very well. And I wasn’t supposed to tell you, but he started a blog here. For some reason he’s shy about it, even though he’s not shy at all in person. I’m just the opposite… very shy in real life but a big mouth online. Strange, that.