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1390636_773338216028967_531139874_nEvery year, about this time, people start complaining about the holidays.

The first complaints are that they are approaching too quickly, as if anyone has the ability to control time and slow it down.

They complain that they don’t remember the holidays being so close together or happening so quickly, but that is typical, as we get older, time seems to move faster, pass more quickly, so ‘landmarks’ throughout the year seem to come and go more quickly.

Then the complaints become that retailers have Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas items on the shelves at the same time and people want the stores to “let us enjoy each holiday like we used to”, as if what a retail store puts on its shelves has any real impact on how or when any of us choose to observe the holidays. Each of us have our own holiday traditions, each of us have a holiday we enjoy or anticipate more than other holidays, each of us have memories from childhood that make us nostalgic during the holiday season. If a retail store display can negatively effect your joy or happiness there are other things you need to be concerned about besides when a retail store displays holiday products.

Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas (in the states) occur within less than a 2 month period of time. It is a marketing strategy that serves both retailers and customers, as it allows them to have the products available for the maximum amount of time, extending the available sale period, maximizing profit and it allows customers to purchase what they are looking for early and not have to wait until the last minute (something many people also complain about). It also coincides with Christmas club checks that are typically issued the first week of October.

Once these complaints stop, then the nonsense of a “war on Christmas” begins, with people complaining that people are trying to take Christ out of Christmas, that they object to people saying “Happy Holidays” rather than Merry Christmas, in an effort to be inclusive and respectful of other religions and beliefs.

If I encounter someone in public, while running errands, shopping, etc. I will say “Happy Holidays” because I don’t necessarily know what beliefs that person might have, so they might be celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc. This way, I’m showing respect for the beliefs of others, not imposing my own on them. Christmas has been imposed on folks who aren’t necessarily Christians, as most employers observe Christmas as a holiday. Many Christmas traditions are actually pagan practices and have become about more than Christ’s birth.

If your belief in Christ, your faith, is so fragile that someone you don’t even know saying “Happy Holidays” could take Christ out of Christmas for you, then, again, you have more to be concerned about than what greeting a stranger might offer during the holiday season.

Of course, all throughout this time of the year there are the “Bah-Humbugs” who hate everything about the holiday season. They don’t celebrate anything, don’t decorate, don’t like to shop, and think anyone who does is childish or out of touch with what’s really important in life.

I don’t understand why anyone would want to be so negative about a time that could be so pleasant and positive, why they would want to make others miserable with their constant complaining, why they can’t just enjoy the opportunity to gather with family and friends and remember the joyful and carefree times of childhood.