Today is Thanksgiving, which according to Pilgrim tradition is the official start of Christmas shopping season. Of course, Christmas really began two months ago when Santas and red-nosed reindeer began appearing next to the Halloween decorations at Walmart and the stores were playing Christmas music when it was still 95 degrees outside. Even the whole notion of a day of thanksgiving is a joke since “Black Friday” is actually on Thursday this year.
It’s not even December yet, and I’m already sick of it.
It used to be, however, that if you needed a break from Christmas-in-November, you could just not go into a department store. But that was before the Internet and the invention of social media. Now every Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feed is filled with holiday-themed posts, either from people obsessed with Christmas trees and snow or companies trying to sell you something. And if you follow any Christians, you’ll also get a lot of Thanksgiving-themed Bible verses.