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There should be a law!! Although, what good would that do? At least it would represent something of an awareness of (if not result in any remediation of) our Western Civilization ethos as an obsessive-compulsive consumer syndrome . . . SIN-drome!! What's it all about, Alfie unto
Omegie? It's all about a RETAIL RELIGION. The churches are the "big-box outlets" and the cathedrals are the "major malls" with their nave-like soaring ceilings above the throngs of worshippers of the gods of goods. Gone bad.
There should, though, at least, be a law prohibiting the sacred season of surfeit and surplus spending from starting prior to a week after the end of the bloatious bonanza of Thanksgiving. Seeing display Christmas trees here and there mid-November actually somewhat turns my stomach. And that's not good gastronomic orientation for the gaseous orgy scheduled for the end of November.
Christmas music prior to Thanksgiving is sacrilege. Or perhaps someone should start composing popular Thanksgiving music -- and thus preempt the Christmas stuff until . . . at least a week after Thanksgiving. Come on, McCartny, how about it? Elton? But then again, heaven forbid another season's obsessive-compulsive assaultive-compression of the eardrums and even aesthetic sensitivities of mind and soul. What must be done is to ban any and all now-existing Christmas music. I'm sick to the sentience of Rudolph and I'm dreaming has become nightmare and Silent Night would be a relief after the 60 or more years I've had to listen to the same crap (except for McCartny's ditty) EVERY YEAR!!
You think I'm being bitchy? Even blasphemy?
Well, picture, first, our Founding Fathers and be thankful that they're not around to see what Thanksgiving has become. Binge is not blessing.
And as for Christmas which, already along with Thanksgiving seems to be in full swing kind of as if a mutant-confluence of manias . . . as for Christmas itself?
At least I have the value-virtue of traditionality even in such rant as you're reading. Thanksgiving is just a couple days away.
And so it's not out of order to wish everyone . . . hmmm . . . no, not a "happy" . . .how about a THANKFUL Thanksgiving?? A Thanksgiving here so blessed with bounty and even survival!! Our perspective of Thankfulness should encompass those in so much of the rest of the world. And maybe we should put aside just a bit of what we'll spend next month to provide for those others? Maybe dividing the word into two would be good? Thanks: for what we have!! And GIVING: to pay even a pittance of the "existential debt" we owe to equalize the benificence and bonanza of being Americans.
As for Christmas . . . . way too early for me to say anything other than the above..
But there'll be another thread woven into the fabric of my focus come close to the end of December.