It’s Beginning To Look A lot Like Commerce

Christmas Presents





On Tuesday, November 11, after I stood quietly, respectfully, for two minutes, I stopped at a Dollar Store, and picked up a box of biscuits for the dog.  With my receipt, the clerk handed me a postcard sized form.  If I filled it in and dropped it off soon enough at a downtown office, I might earn a seat in the reviewing stand for the local Santa Claus parade – being held tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 15th.

I returned home to hear the son announce that he’d picked up his ticket for his firm’s gala Christmas Party – being held next Saturday, Nov. 22.  Dear Ebenezer Scrooge, it’s not even the American Thanksgiving yet, and we’re already hip deep in Christmas.  Welcome to the Festival of Conspicuous Consumption.  The decorations have been out, and the ‘Christmas Sales’ have been on since Halloween.  Even today’s crossword had 3-down – gift-bearing trio = Magi, and – guide for 3-down = star, although, admittedly, those are a little more Spiritual than the rest.

Canada is a bit ahead of The States.  We held our Thanksgiving last month, well before the behemoth that is the Holiday Season was on its tracks and starting to move.  We’ll still be ahead of them in a few years when the commercial season begins about the 4th of July, and we celebrate our independence on July 1.

Be sure to give the ‘Good Christians’ lots of room to ignore Ramadan, Rosh Hashanah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and secular atheism, and insist that their single day in the next two months of celebrations, is the only valid reason for The Season.

Allow the more militant among them a little extra swing room for when they U-turn, and insist that no-one should be allowed to have fun, or give presents, or engage in spiritual introspection, without their permission and participation.  Their cold, exclusionary Grinch’s hearts are well attuned to this icy time of year.

Armed with my CDs, I’m ready for the day, just over two weeks away, when the radio begins delivering nothing but all-Christmas songs, all the time.  I got a new keg of Bah Humbug on E-Bay, and will be downing the occasional shot to keep me topped up, as I help the wife assemble and bake Christmas Holiday cake and Christmas Holiday cookies.

25 thoughts on “It’s Beginning To Look A lot Like Commerce

  1. Paul says:

    Ho Ho Ho!


  2. BrainRants says:

    I have a whole truckload of agreement for this. And a special, aged reserve of bah humbug.

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  3. It starts a little earlier every year. Having said that, I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that last week I ordered the newest TSO Christmas CD.


  4. Dan Antion says:

    Breaking news – Thanksgiving has been cancelled so that people have more time to shop.


  5. 1jaded1 says:

    Bah and Humbug. That’s all.


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  7. Sightsnbytes says:

    the best part of Christmas is rabbit pie on Christmas Eve…


  8. garden2day says:

    Well, I was married (the first go-round) to the real Grinch and his heart didn’t grow as the tale goes (which is his favorite story BTW) and you are nothing close to him. I can deal with about everything except one–traffic. Grrrrrrrrrrggghhhh. 😀 Happy Holidays! LOL


    • Archon's Den says:

      And throw in two snowflakes, and they forget how to drive. C’mon guys, this is Canada.
      Picture in yesterday’s paper of a car upside down – straight, flat, suburban street – single-car accident. A master mechanic viewed the pic and commented. No snow/all-weather tires, the two on the back appeared almost bald, the two on the front were mismatched, and one had directional tread, but was installed backwards.
      Okay kids, let’s go shopping. What could go wrong??! 👿

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  9. Jim Wheeler says:

    I completely agree with your post on commercial Xmas, Archon. I believe a “tradition” is developing not to use the word “Christmas” until the fourth Thursday of November, but I also sense that some of this early stuff, like early “Black Friday” is flopping. Lots of people seem to actually like being shopping-frantic. Go figure. Now whether some people like hearing the same carols over and over, day after day, I find it hard to imagine. The world is nut$.


  10. benzeknees says:

    Oh, I remember all the Christmas cookie baking you did last year! I wish we lived closer to each other – I love Christmas baking & can’t stand long enough to do any now.


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