Pressure Busting Tip #3
Holy crap. I opened up my newspaper this morning, and two--TWO--special toybook inserts fell out. One was from Toys R Us, and one was from Target. (How could you, Target, my new fashion BFF?) It's only November 3rd! I don't know about you, but it all feels terribly bossy to me. And if there is one thing to which I do not take kindly, that is being bossed.
As part of my antidote to this kind of amping-up of Christmas by consumerist retail outlets, I have made a solemn pledge that my own children still follow to this day, and I now pass on to you. Do not play Christmas Music until December 1st. Oh, sure--you're going to hear it in stores now. Your radio station is going to sneak a few in here and there, forcing you to change the channel. But take it from me: If you wait until December 1st, you won't be so sick of it. You won't find it so tiresome. The sound of it won't make you feel resentful and angry. "Deck the halls" won't make you want to deck the kid bagging your Big Mac. One of the most pleasant things in Life is having something to look forward to, no matter how small or trivial. So hold off on "O Holy Night" until the first of December, and usher in a True Christmas Season with joy.