Perhaps you've noticed like I have over the years how much things have changed when it comes to the holidays, but more so the merchandising of the holidays. I could wonder why this is, but of course, it's all about money, consumerism and getting us to buy, buy, buy. Don't get me wrong, I am an avid shopper - to a point.
The other day I went to Lowes to look for a new fireplace screen since ours is falling apart. I had been there about a week before for something else. Now keep in mind it was January 18th, I would consider this the middle of Winter for the most part. The entire section of space heaters and fireplace supplies had been moved to the very end of an aisle with the front area full of barbecues and all the extra's they come with.
Shelves in the previous Winter area had been cleared and replaced with inventory lists of items to be stocked there. I found one fireplace screen and that was about it. I was going to ask someone if there were any others to choose from but it was pretty obvious - that was it!
So what is the big rush!!?? It's J-a-n-u-a-r-y! There's snow on the ground in many parts of the country, it's cold outside - cold enough to wear a coat, we have snow on top of the Organ mountains! (ok a dusting, this is New Mexico)
I was thinking back a few days ago and it was not like this when I was growing up - not even close. You can bet your last dollar that the day after Christmas huge displays are up and running now pushing Valentines Day!??
So I ask, "what is the big rush"? Is this who we are now or have become? Or rather is this a commentary on who or what the stores we support have become? I really have no idea. On one hand I think they wouldn't push so much merchandise if we didn't buy it and on the other hand, their thought could be, what do we have to lose?
A few of my friends have said they feel kind of down, sort of blah this time of year....well yeah! We've been in holiday mode since October first! To top it off this year, a radio station began playing ALL Christmas music the last week of October.......really?
Look, I love the holidays just as much as anyone else. I love to bake and decorate but I think this says something about our over the top, non-stop buying. I've noticed it in myself. I really have to stop and think what and why I'm spending my money on.
Look around, one of the fastest growing business's in our country are those mini storage unit places, they can't build them fast enough to keep up with the demand. Maybe something to keep in mind as we begin this new year. Instead of hanging on to all that stuff, why not donate it or give it to someone who needs a hand? There's something very freeing about it.