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Holiday Overlap




It is the first week of October and I am shopping at my holiday3holiday2holiday1local department store looking for some Halloween items. I ask a clerk for a specific decoration and he tells me that it is next to the Christmas tree display in the far corner. Christmas trees? Christmas trees in October?

Wait a second. What ever happened to being in the moment? It used to be that stores were decorated for one holiday at a time. Thanksgiving decorations were put up after Halloween was over. Christmas-related items showed up in shops beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving. We were able to experience these specific holidays one at a time and it got us all into the spirit of things.

Now I do realize that this “piling-up” of holidays is in order for businesses to increase sales and make more money. It makes sense on a commercial level. On a personal level, however, it is too much. I would, for example, like to partake in the sights and smells associated with Thanksgiving without hearing a stuffed Santa laughing two aisles over. I don’t think that this is a lot to ask. And if I could at least toast in the new year without seeing Valentine’s Day candy boxes on display, that would be wonderful!

E-mail Cyn LoPinto at editor@homefrontmagazine.com.

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Cynthia Lopinto

Cyn LoPinto, M.A. is a gerontologist focusing on significant issues affecting older adults and their families. Her areas of interest include lifestyle enrichment, family dynamics, and caregiver support. Cyn has worked in both the recreational and healthcare industries.

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