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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

Christmas in September?

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It's not even officially fall, but we are already seeing holiday commercials. Is it me, or is it just a weeee bit early. Don't get me wrong. I love the holiday season as much as anyone. It's just that I keep hearing these Christmas jingles and wondering did I miss a season? I do know how important the holiday season is to the bottom line of many businesses. But forcing us to think about buying presents before Halloween just seems wrong. When I was a music teacher, I remember rehearsing holiday songs for months before the actual season. So by the time Christmas Eve rolled around I had major holiday song burnout. Now I at least do not have to worry about that. But lately I've seen more and more ads talking about holiday shopping. That's incredible to me. Halloween candy is just arriving on store shelves. And who has even thought about their Thanksgiving Turkey yet. But I think this early holiday spotlight says a lot about our society. We cannot learn to enjoy the moment, savor the season, or rejoice in the day, before we need to start planning ahead for the next phase. Sometimes it just seems exhausting. It would be nice to slow down the pace, and take life as it comes. Why can't we savor the end of summer before worrying about holiday shopping lists? I guess we can ignore it, but every time I hear a Christmas jingle, I feel a mild sense of panic. But I'm sure that that will be replaced by spirit as soon as December hits.

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