Yes, it’s that special time of year when we get to celebrate the changing of the seasons American Consumer style, not by the changing color of the leaves but by the store displays– and the M & M’s! The earth makes her gradual tilt and spin away from the sun, giving us the gift of unfolding one day at a time. And not so long ago, we humans used to experience this transition right along with all of the other living things on the planet. But apparently, that has become just too slow. These days, who waits until December to start getting ready for the big Birthday Bash for Jesus? It’s just not necessary. While you’re out picking up green face paint, your trick or treat candy and accessories for your yard witch, you can time travel just by going to another part of the store and choose from the nifty new tree ornaments before they get picked over. And all the great stuff they come up with these days? It’s fantastic! Remember when lights used to be just for Christmas? Now days, whose Halloween is complete without jack o’lanterns on a string? Thanksgiving sort of gets squeezed between the other two holidays because there’s just not that much to buy. I mean, how many cornucopias do you really need? And as for pilgrim paraphernalia, once you’ve got your placemats and your salt and pepper shakers, you’ve pretty much got it covered. I suspect, however, that it’s only a matter of time before they come out with orange turkey lights. They’d have to be taken down by the last bite of the pumpkin pie, however, because by then it will be time to gear up for the mall. Our son John at age twelve expressed his observations of all this through his version of a well know holiday song, played on his guitar.
“Silver bells…silver bells…it’s Christmas time in the city…hear them ring…ding a ling…soon it will be Hall-o-ween.”
Happy Hallowgivingmas, everyone!