Bah Humbug

Shopping - A Cup of Kathy

I’m about to cry uncle, but I don’t think it will help.

My mailbox, my email, and my Facebook feed have blown up with stories, ideas, and sales to herald Back To School, Autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and, gasp, Christmas.

Please don’t think I’m a Scrooge. I thoroughly enjoy the holidays. I just don’t want to be thinking about Christmas a full five months ahead.

Why must everything be rushed? Why can’t seasons and holidays progress normally so we can savor each one?

It wasn’t that long ago – June 21st – that we celebrated the first day of summer. But retail simply won’t let us enjoy these sun kissed days…

A friend and I met up June 25th…neither of us had been to At Home, so we thought we’d see what all the fuss was about over this gigantic home goods and home décor super store. And while At Home was vigorously clearing out its summer merchandise, aisles and aisles had already been devoted to Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving home décor. Surely Christmas can’t be far behind.

I recently received my monthly mailing/coupon from one of my favorite stores…and the headline touted Kohls Friday, July 12th to Sunday, July 21st Back to School sale. Back to school? I want to go back to Cape Cod!

The Better Homes and Gardens Daily Inspiration Newsletter for July 21st has certainly not inspired me with its oxymoron heading, Christmas In Summer, and related articles: Nine Reasons It’s Never Too Early For Christmas Decorations; Pretty Christmas Door Decorations; Adorable Mason Jar Christmas Crafts; and Holiday Décor For The Whole Season.

Photo from Better Homes and Gardens Your Daily Inspiration Newsletter, July 21, 2019

The latest Christmas Tree Shops flyer touts the store’s fall colors and patterns and harvest décor. I’m thinking about the bright and bold pinks, reds, oranges, and blues of the summer sky, summer sunsets, and the ocean from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

I’m not ready for Back to School shopping in endless aisles of notebooks, binders, pencils, pens, and backpacks.

As much as I enjoy apples, I’m not ready to embrace apple cider, apple picking, and all things apple.

I’m not ready to deck our halls and walls with pumpkins, scarecrows, and jack-o-lanterns.

I’m not ready to watch various family members sleep off their turkey-induced comas, though I will watch the Thanksgiving football games. And if truth be told, as a Jets fan, I am looking forward to football season…but only after my beloved New York Yankees win the World Series.

I wasn’t ready to be inundated with the Hallmark Channel’s June 28th to July 14th “Gold Crown Christmas” campaign or its July 12th to July 27th “Keepsake Christmas.”

And I sure as heck am not ready to go shopping for winter coats in weather that has approached the 100-degree mark.

Let me enjoy summer and all it has to offer. Let me enjoy the sand between my toes, the sound of the ocean, dining al fresco, gorgeous sunsets with jaw-dropping colors that give the sky an ethereal glow, and nights that stay light until 9:00 pm.

Let me enjoy life, and the seasons, as they come.

Have you embraced Back to School, Autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas shopping, or are you like me, taking it one season at a time?

Drop me a line in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

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3 thoughts on “Bah Humbug

  1. Craig Schmitt says:

    I’m with you. Can’t get enough summer. I enjoy the holidays when it’s time for them, not three months early. #goyanks #gojets


    • Kathleen M. Pulek says:

      Hey Craig. I’m a summer fan…and I like spring and fall too…but I could do with less winter. Heaven forbid we’re not ready for Autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas months ahead of time. I agree – I enjoy the holidays when it’s time for them. Great hashtags!


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