Seeing Red

I am not often a ranter and usually I am a go with the flow kinda gal, but I feel this issue warrants a wee rant so here I go.

The very next day after Halloween, I made my way to the gym. My gym is located in the major shopping centre in my city. What I saw nearly made me drop my heavy steel water bottle on my foot. A Christmas tree all lit up in one of the mall’s main foyers. Was that “Silver Bells” I heard playing in replace of the usual elevator music? I barely had time to wipe off my day of the dead make-up before the festive season made a sudden appearance. Not long ago, it was unheard of here in Canada to be playing carols and decorating for the season before respecting and honouring our veterans and military service people, past and present, on Remembrance Day on November 11th. Officially the start of the season kicked off on the U.S. Black Friday. What is the rush? Don’t let me get started on the red cups. I’m still savouring my pumpkin spiced lattes and lighting my pumpkin scented candles, peeps! I paid $24 bucks for that candle and it is not going to stop burning already. I love Christmas as much as the next guy, but slow down, retailers! I know people want to get ready and perhaps start their shopping and plan their menus and yes, I can relate to this. I have already bought Andy’s present and it is hidden where he will NEVER find it. Did you hear me, A? I repeat, you will NEVER find it so don’t even try lookin.’  But I digress. Sure budget may allow us to start with an early Christmas list check-off, but I do not want to hear, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” right now. Truly, it’s still looking a lot like fall.

Okay, so ends my rant.  Let us honour and pay our respects to the service men and women who put their lives on the line for us everyday, so that we can live in peace, comfort and joy every holiday season. Some who have survived have lost mobility or are living with terrible bouts of PTSD, depression and other mental illnesses. Let us think of the brave men and women who lost their lives in battle this Remembrance and Veterans Day. After the 11th go crazy, bust out the jingle bells (which I still feel is early) but please, let us not forget.

Personally, this is the only red I want to see right now:
















Agree or disagree? Do you think the holiday season is starting earlier and earlier these days?

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12 thoughts on “Seeing Red

  1. I love Christmas so much, but I agree with you! I know retailers are just so excited to get people shopping, but I don’t think it should overshadow Veteran’s day! Sad.

  2. I’m sure I can find my present, but don’t worry because I won’t look. We know Christmas is all about the almighty dollar these days.

  3. I do feel the holiday season in marketing wise starts earlier every’s crazy, the shops started to sell Xmas items in October already.. 😦 Love the red color in the picture – beautiful red!

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