Once again, we have made it to November, and the Christmas season is slowly starting to creep up.
Now, I know we have just started this month and this column may be too soon of a reminder, but the evidence of the season is already all around us.
I have noticed a lot of the stores in the Region already have Christmas items up for sale, and I have already been to one Christmas themed event, the Bazaar and Bake Sale at the Immaculate Conception Church. Looking at the upcoming schedule, it looks like, once again, this month is jam packed with holiday themed events. The recent snowfall just seems to be a further reminder, as well.
I know in a previous column I talked about how time seems to speed up as we get older, but let me just say that Christmas time always seems to sneak up on me. It always seems too soon to be thinking about the holiday.
Of course, let me be clear, I’m not saying I don’t enjoy covering these holiday events in the community. It is always interesting for me to see possible gift ideas at the holiday sales or the variety of festive floats in the annual Christmas parades. However, there are times I wish time would slow to allow me more time to savour moments, and more time to shop.
Yes, I admit, I am one of those people who takes a while to get into the true holiday spirit. And, as of now, I am not mentally prepared for this holiday season. To me, it feels like as soon as we get through October, there is a mad dash to get everything ready for Christmas. There never seems to be enough time to prepare.
Hopefully the stores and radio stations will hold off on playing Christmas themed music until, at least, near the end of this month to prevent any further unnecessary reminders to the general public about the upcoming season. I also find the Christmas music to be somewhat repetitive, so it can be a tad annoying to hear the same song multiple times during the day.
You can call me a humbug if you want, but frankly it is just too soon for me to be thrust into thinking about Christmas.
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