Monday, November 12, 2007

Xmas Shopping Already?

I enjoy shopping for typical guy things – computers, stereos, and other electronics. But it seems every year the malls put out their Christmas decorations out earlier and earlier.

Already, most malls and their stores have the fake snow, the Santa dolls, and posters with elves out.

I enjoy the holidays – it means time off work and with friends and family. But every time I go into a mall and hear that Xmas music ---arrrgh!

It’s too soon.

I feel sorry for those that work in the mall and have to listen to it every day, all day. Imagine listening to “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” all day? I’d go mad!

Which is probably what some mall employees do – because working under those conditions isn’t the best. Sure it is fun, and it is a nice time of year. Everyone is supposed to be nicer to each other, and the holidays make people feel better.

But what often happens is you get people so frustrated, they aren’t nice at all. They push and shove there way through crowds, to get those holiday gifts.

I remember way back in the 1980s when Cabbage Patch Kids were all the rage. There were riots by grown adults (mostly women) fighting to get the specific Cabbage Patch Kid that their kid had requested.

It was on all the news programs of the day – I still remember the images to this day, of parents kicking and screaming over some dolls for their kids.

These types of silly riots still occur, just the toys are different. These days, the latest “in” toy is Tickle Me Elmo.

I don’t know about you, but Elmo isn’t worth dying over.

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