I'm not a shopper. But my knee-high boots self destructed last winter, and there was this sale at the little neighborhood Mall - so I got lured in.
Won't do that again ! Not that crowded in the middle of the afternoon, but damn xmas music playing everyfuckinwhere. Cashiers wishing "Merry Christmas", Salvation Army volunteers with their kettles (for $ that goes who knows where), also wishing "Merrygoddamn Christmas".
It's NOT Christmas yet ! Gr-r-r-r
The longer I was around it all, with overdecorated stores, watching people hungrily buying up stuff very few actually need - the more dismal I felt. Had to get out of there - and quick ! It's no wonder many folks get funked out at this time of year particularly. Godshit shoved down your throat. The usual assumptions made by most, that EVERYone is into this phony birthday thing. Bah ! Humbug ! Back to my cave ... ! And you ?
Sadly there is nothing much you can do here,.least not for the masses. Christmas (and other seasonal economic boosts) are like a buffalo stampeed, you can stop it, just get out the way and wait until it calms down.
We can change habits, but only one by kne, living our way and showing others the benefits. Unless of course you have lots of cash for media campaigns? Be happy your on the winning team.
I shop early and I shop mostly online. My radio station plays less than one Christmas song an hour. I don't decorate or send cards. I shop brick and mortar stores only as needed. And pretty much I follow my routine as usual until something else comes up. This year, not much. I'm not really a scrooge, I'm just ignoring the whole show until I have to deal with it. Give me my grandbabies and I'll be that Jolly Olde Elf.
HAH! Yesterday, I had an MRI on my shoulder. The nice technician proudly told me he had "Christmas songs" for me to listen to during the process. I very FIRMLY asked for my classical music station! I had enough on my mind ... dealing with ''sleigh bells'' and ''christmas trees'' and 'angels on high'' wasn't going to relax me!
SCROOGE WAS RIGHT!
Did you get the boots?