Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Bah, Humbug

Immediately after Halloween, in itself a riotous celebration of excess in recent years, Thanksgiving merchandise was put out in most stores.

Right next to Christmas merchandise.

Why we need Thanksgiving merchandise, I'm not even sure.

In any event, a week ago, that is to say a full week before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving merchandise was all marked down at most stores I entered and shoved out of view onto back sales racks.

To make room for Christmas merchandise.

I lovelovelove Christmas. Our family has lots of Christmas traditions. But they don't start until December.

I'm actually being turned off the entire holiday by the prolonged and incredibly gaudy nature of the festivities.

Call me Esbee Scrooge.

Ebeneezer Scrooge
proper name
The main character in Charles Dickens' story A Christmas Carol. His name has come into the English language as a byword for miserliness and misanthropy, traits displayed by Scrooge in the exaggerated manner for which Dickens is well-known. The story of his transformation by the three Ghosts of Christmas (Past, Present and Future) is a defining tale of the Christmas holiday.

Scrooge's phrase "Bah, humbug" has been used to express disgust with Christmas traditions in modern times.
"Ebenezer Scrooge." Wikipedia. Wikipedia, 2005. 23 Nov. 2005.

The average American intends to spend more than a thousand dollars on Christmas this year. I find that appalling, too.

I don't advocate shutting the whole thing down, just limiting it to December and making it smaller again. I know families that go into debt not to buy nice gifts, but to buy wildly extravagant gifts. That is craziness. So is redecorating your home in Christmasware.

up in arms
Angry, rebellious, as in The town was up in arms over the state's plan to allow commercial flights at the air base. This idiom originally referred to an armed rebellion and was so used from the late 1500s. Its figurative use dates from about 1700.
"up in arms." The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992. 23 Nov. 2005.