Thursday, September 18, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Monday, September 08, 2014
It is too early for pumpkin spice anything. Please wait until September 21, the first day of Autumn.
It's too early to put Halloween candy in the jar at work. Please wait until October 1, or at least September 21.
I just know the Christmas stuff is out at Target. UGH can we wait?!
Monday, December 31, 2007
I really fell down on the job this year with this blog. Sorry about that. Just after my last post, I had to suddenly go up North to take care of my folks, was there for about a week...
Then my appendix exploded.
It's taken me a surprisingly long time to heal. You just don't realize how much of your stomach muscles and such you use constantly.
So, this is the last post for the 2007 Season. Check back in September 2008! Of course, probably August or GASP July!!!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Do you think that this Church on 20th St @ ~ Yale got a telegram from God that it was OK to hang that pagan wreath up there by the 17th of November - over a month before Christmas?
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
This is a FULL 10 days before Halloween. HELLO???
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
Now, however, the day really has been merged into the Thanksgiving-Christmas season. So many people put up lights and more and more elaborate displays (probably a competition between neighbors not to be outdone). It just amazes me. I don't get it.
But I do get it. It's fun to get into the spirit of the holidays, and Hell, why not? So people do.
But it is still irritating. Fully 1/4 of the year is basically preparation for the holidays and the holidays themsleves, and you are just bombarded with it starting in September. It's so numbing after a while that the meaning of Thanksgiving and Christmas are just lost in the frenzy. And I hate that. I really do.
But not as much as I hate Condi Rice.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Yesterday it was a billboard for the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. Here in Houston. Huh? I used to go to this every year as a kid. Some how, I just do not see how it could ever, ever, be the same in the Hobby Center. The organs alone at Radio City are key to the whole experience. And then the tree outside at Rockefeller Center. How can there be more than one set of Rockettes? Anyway, I am befuddled. I think maybe it should be the Hobby Centre Christmas Thange for Lakewood Church (cough).
But, the true sign that the Merrythanksgivoween season is upon us is the appearance of the dreaded, tacky, white and orange lights wrapped around the trunks of unsuspecting, innocent, trees. UGH.
So, here we go! Check back now and then for more venting, especially once Halloween has passed!!
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Monday, December 19, 2005
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Forty drunken Santas rampaged through central Auckland, stealing from stores and assaulting security guards, the New Zealand Herald reported on Sunday, in a protest against the commercialization of Christmas.
Police said some of the Santas threw beer bottles, one tried to climb the mooring rope of a cruise ship and a security guard was punched during the fracas.
"They came in, said 'Merry Christmas' and then helped themselves," convenience store staff member Changa Manakynda told the Herald, which reported the Santas also attacked a Christmas tree.
The event organizer, Alex Dyer, had warned the antics would only stop when someone was arrested, said the Herald, which linked the incident to "Santarchy."
Santarchy (www.santarchy.com) and online encyclopedia wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org) record protests going back around 10 years in the United States, with participants marking Christmas in anti-commercial manner involving street theater, pranks and public drunkenness.
Police said identification was a key issue as they tried to sort out which of the 40 men and women had done what.
"With a number of people dressed in the same outfit, it was difficult for any witnesses to confirm the identity of who was doing what," Senior Sergeant Matt Rogers told Reuters.
Friday, December 09, 2005
Monday, December 05, 2005
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005
From a practical standpoint, if you do not buy your tree here by Dec. 5, you are not going to get one, or you will get a Charlie Brown Tree. But that does not mean you have to put it up right away - toss it in a bucket of water in the back yard! I think perhaps some of it stems from our warmer weather, and the need for the decorations to make us feel festive, to get us going. When it is not cold you don't have the same warm-fuzzies for this time of year imparted by Curier and Ives and the goal of a White Christmas being a great Christmas ingrained into the American psyche by the northern tier of the country and our earliest European ancestors and modern cultural cousins. So, I guess I can understand it. But that does not mean I like it... it just feels to early to have my tree and lights up today, 25 November.
Monday, November 21, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
When I arrived, the had a few decorations up for Christmas, all very tasteful. And over the five days, it just grew and and grew and grew. When leaving this morning, pretty much every nook, cranny, ledge, arch, doorway, etc., was swaddled in greenery. It was like it was Christmas Kudzu. All very tasteful, but a bit much.
In Calgary all the Christmas as decorations are very tasteful and wintry - rather than gaudy with mechanical hip-swinging raunchy Santas.
An observation: I guess they start at seemingly random times, without the marked day of Thanksgiving that we have.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Thursday, November 10, 2005
These odd things that look like a pine-needle vortex more than anything else were originally designed for specialty stores to display delicate ornaments using a minimum of floor space. When I first saw these things hanging from the ceiling in a couple of stores over the last couple of years, I thought they were interesting. My ex wanted to do one that way just to do something different...I was neutral on that - sure, why not? Anyway, we never did anything about it.
But now, from the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog:
The 7-Foot Upside-Down Pre-Lit Christmas Tree: Evoking a 12th century Central European tradition of hanging a tree from the ceiling at Christmas, this unique 7' pre-lit fir is inverted to ensure a smaller footprint for less-spacious areas, and allowing more room for the accumulation of presents underneath.
Well, if that does not get my panties in a twist, nothing does. I need a sedative.
Monday, November 07, 2005
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Friday, November 04, 2005
It may be the earliest jump on the season ever.
"Everybody is looking at the stressed-out consumer, and they're pushing the panic button. It's never happened this soon," said Howard Davidowitz, chairman of Davidowitz and Associates, a national retail-consulting and investment-banking firm in New York.
Then Sept 15 arrives, and there's a spike.
Then Oct 1 arrives are there are more.
And Nov 1, well, forget it, if I do not check the mail every other day my poor little mailbox is shoved so full of catalogs for the holidays that I cannot find my real mail. This is not such a big problem anymore now that most of my bills are electronic and such. But still, think of all that wasted paper as I get more than one of some catalogs, and some new ones that I have never even heard of, and then some that are just CRAP.
The one that got to me, though, came in August. I tossed it, but should have kept it for this blog: All things Christmas for the house. Oh geez, the entire country is still baking in the summer heat, isn't that a bit early to be buying faux snow and nutcrackers?
- Don't piss off non-Christians by sending a Christmas card
- Don't piss off Christians by sending a Holiday card
- Get your card in the hands of the customer before everybody else's cards begin to arrive.
On the other hand with Thanksgiving cards, here we go, extending the calendar time of the holidays, muting them more and more...
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Hello?? The pumpkins are not even rotted yet, and now in addition to seeing all the Christmas stuff for sale a solid 6+ weeks in advance, we get the music? Does not occur to anybody that we become completely dulled by it all after a while? That we lose whatever meaning is even left in the holiday?
Yesterday afternoon I thought I saw something disturbing on the front of the Foster Wheeler building near my office: Giant Christmas wreaths.
The problem: It was Halloween.
It's a little early for that, isn't it?? I seem to remember Thanksgiving as a point at which commercial buildings would decorate.
Foster Wheeler gets coal in her pantyhose for jumping the tasteful decoration gun.