A boomer not so crazy for the holidays

Here at BoomerCafé, we think you will relate to our Ranter-In-Residence, Maryland’s Carrier Slocomb, author of The Great Great Blue, when he says he’s going crazy about the holidays … and not in a good way.

Is it unworthy to say that I’ve grown ambivalent about the holidays? After all, hype merchants go way overboard as they vie for every last penny in our combined accounts. I’m honest when I say that the two of us feel targeted, creeped-out like deer during hunting season, which is happening now too.

Carrier Slocomb

Carrier Slocomb

Pump your fists if you feel that Halloween is no time to start hanging your town’s greenery and stringing the community Christmas lights?

I don’t demand that we grab our bullhorns and head to the malls to turn the herds around mind you, but isn’t it evident that one special day has hijacked sixty days -– twenty percent of our year?

Why, it’s like a man with a six-shooter holding all sixty of us hostage. Yeah, that’s where Christmas is.

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Forgive me if I rant; it’s just that I remember a time when Halloween stood apart from Thanksgiving, and Christmas followed them both. It was a time of natural progressions, timed to the seasons and the clock change.

The harvest was over, leaves were coming down. Winter was around the corner and the trees were bare. Snow was on the ground and houses and street lights, store-fronts and malls were brightly lit and dressed. That’s how it went. One foot followed another, from sandal, to shoe, to boot.

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Now it’s common to see front porches with pumpkins decaying on the steps, a ten-foot blow-up gobbler leaning in the wind, and icicle lights blazing from the gutters and gables, all on the same house.

Who’s responsible for stuffing our three best holidays in the blender? We have concern. We’d like to know …

4 Comments

  1. The holidays are an annual signal for me to ‘get out of Dodge’. For quite a few years I have managed to be on the road or, better yet, out of the country, and therefore immune to the craziness of the ‘blender holidays’. I have been in London for Thanksgiving and Southern India for Christmas. Of course, New Year’s is fun to celebrate to matter where you are. New adventures, new traditions and leaving commercial stress behind.

  2. I agree with you, Carrier. Unfortunately, we are to blame. If no one bought Christmas stuff before Thanksgiving, it would disappear from the shelves. It’s even more insane now that Black Friday has splashed over onto Thanksgiving Day. Again, if people didn’t line up for hours outside stores in droves to rush in and buy stuff, the stores wouldn’t open. Those of us who are sensible and refuse to start Christmas in the summer will just have to stand our ground.

  3. Fall and winter holidays don’t seem so special when they overlap since there’s no in-between-time to experience the fun of anticipation. However, before sounding too curmudgeon, I remind myself that current generations are making new holiday traditions–families shopping together in lines at 2 am on Black Friday, adults dressing up for Halloween, and deep fried turkey for Thanksgiving. Today’s kids may recall all of these new times with the nostalgia we have about decorating for Christmas in mid-December. So I try to ride the new ways; I’d hate for my grandkids to reminisce that grandma was grumpy about getting out the Christmas lights on Thanksgiving!

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