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October 10, 2017 - Amy Phelps

Welcome to Hallothankmas! As I write this, it is the first week of October, and fall has just started, though it still feels like summer out. However, according to the stores, we should be getting ready for Christmas. My youngest is thinking of making Christmas presents, which is why we journeyed to the craft stores over the weekend. While there, we decided to look at the Halloween decorations for fun and found some. But we also found a lot of the shelves emptied, where they were making room for the Christmas things! A friend of mine had made a similiar complaint about a different craft store out of town, that while looking for Halloween things, he and his wife found one or two aisles and then Christmas stuff everywhere. And that was back in September. When we made our way to a nearby retail store to look at Halloween decorations, we made a worse discovery. The whole front of the store was dedicated to Christmas decorations! The Halloween stuff had been shoved way in the back and was one small half-aisle. We later found another small half-aisle that was “autumn” decorations, so I guess for Halloween/Thanksgiving. And I couldn’t even score some half-off prices for things that I could put up NOW, as it was all still full price, what they’ve kept out at least. I love Christmas too, and I remember when I was young, my family always put up our decorations the day after Thanksgiving. And at the time, we were one of the early ones and people would be surprised we already had our tree up. Now it feels like we are late! At home, we started putting up our Halloween decorations in late September, because we’ve seen them for a while at the stores. But there is no way I’m going to take down the Halloween stuff and replace it with Christmas the moment trick-or-treat ends. I want breathing room. I want to celebrate the holidays as they come. I want to spend the month of October enjoying my scary movies and worrying about the newspaper’s Cookbook contest that I do every year. I have to plan my daughter’s birthday. I want a break before I need to start planning my Thanksgiving meal and cook it. Then, and only then, will I worry about Christmas. Find time to relax and enjoy as the holidays roll around. We all need to take each day as they come!


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