While shopping at Lowe’s this weekend, my family was greeted by a large inflatable Santa Claus.
It’s barely mid-October.
It seems retailers are bringing out the Christmas decorations earlier and earlier each year. I remember complaining about seeing Christmas trees and lights last year around Halloween.
But Lowe’s really pushed the envelope with a gigantic inflatable Santa outside the store. Halloween is still weeks away, but you had to walk into the store to find those decorations. And they were hidden by the garden hoses.
I do not want to see Santa waving to me from Lowe’s parking lot in October. I want to see pumpkins, witches, skeletons, fake gravestones and cornstalks. I want Indian corn, fall mums and hot apple cider.
In Maine, October is for apple picking, corn mazes and leaf peeping.
Remember when we used to wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas?
Heck, remember when we waited until after Halloween?
We need to slow things down and enjoy each holiday as it comes. I’m pretty sure our kids don’t want to skip over the fun of Halloween. And we need to be thankful before we get into that holiday giving mode.
Nordstrom seems to be the only retailer that gets the concept of enjoying each holiday. Despite their competitors, they always wait until after Thanksgiving to hang their holiday decorations. They “believe celebrating one holiday at a time.”
For now, I’m avoiding Lowe’s. Right now, I’ve got a little bear and a Blue Angel pilot who are too excited for a Halloween parade and trick-or-treating to worry about Santa.
Who’s with me?