Halloween 2010 is now in the annals of history, but I had to report that I saw my first two Hallowistmas displays for the season on Wednesday, five days before.
What is “Hallowistmas?”
It’s when Christmas ads, music, decor, and retail spots appear en masse even before Halloween happens. In other words, it’s Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas rolled into one, big blended holiday—or retail bonanza, depending on how you see it.
Anyway, the first one was a neighborhood bungalow all decked out with Christmas lights in the windows, but strands of orange mini-bulbs threaded on the bushes outside, along with a bizarre mix of Halloween and Christmas topiary lights, pumpkins, plus a Christmas tree [!] on the porch!!
I don’t know if they wanted to save time and/or money by putting up everything all at once, but it was definitely a “head-scratching ” moment.
The second one was viewed about an hour later. Walking down an otherwise tranquil, tree-lined street, I looked up and saw what seemed to be hundreds of mini-lights in a second-floor living room window. Yes, there were lots of lights—but they were outlining not Santa’s or candy canes, but pumpkins, ghosts, and witches. Instead of snowflakes, there was “Trick-or-treat” printed all over the window panes.
There are some things that I’m traditional about, and fusing holidays doesn’t sit well with me. What’s wrong with savoring the unique moments and customs of each celebration? Why must there be a rushed approach, and put everything into a“mixing bowl” of life experiences?
It may seem old-fashioned, but I’ll stick to the tried-and true: Thanksgiving will be celebrated in November, and then……the day after will be my personal Christmas time.