Life in Hollywood, below-the-line

Life in Hollywood, below-the-line
Work gloves at the end of the 2006/2007 television season (photo by Richard Blair)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Christmas Already?

On my way home from work tonight, I drove by a house on Hollywood Boulevard festooned with red Christmas lights. An enormous illuminated-from-within plastic Santa Claus stood guard.

Santa did not look happy.

I don't blame him. It was 91 degrees in LA today. It's not even Halloween yet, much less Thanksgiving, much less frigging CHRISTMAS! The season of peace, love, joy, giving, receiving, and guilt is eight full weeks away. We haven't even elected a new president yet, but the people in this house saw fit to start spreading the joy anyway.

Unless you're a Phillies fan, this has already been an exceptionally bad year in just about every way imaginable -- and there's not much reason to think things will get better anytime soon. Quite the opposite, actually. Joy will be in short supply for a lot of people this Christmas, so maybe we should wait with the flocking, tinsel, and twinkling lights until we're at least within shouting distance of the actual day. Let's make it count this year.

I understand the fiscal imperative that prods WalMart and the rest of Retail America to ram these holidays down our unwilling throats six weeks beforehand -- but now the citizens seem to be joining in the madness as well. Could we at least wait until the daytime temperature drops below 85 degrees to start with the ho-ho-hoing?

Give us a break, please. Don't squeeze the trigger of your Xmas Spirit Happy Gun until you see the whites of Santa's eyes...


Peggy Archer said...

Amen, brother.

I hate Christmas displays that are up before Thanksgiving.

By the time the actual holiday rolls around (and I'll agree that for movie folks it's not going to be all that joyful this year) I'm sick of it due to overexposure.

Burbanked said...

It seems to be the norm anymore. I was in a few stores this week and Halloween costumes and decorations had already been shuffled to single-aisle status with Christmas crap taking up the majority of the seasonal areas.

Have a holly jolly frigging Christmas, retail douchebags!

Anonymous said...

Ditto. Macy's is a big culprit, too. Xmas whore.

AJ in Nashville said...

Michael, Please understand this isn't a criticism of your opinion, just an expression of my own...

While i agree that the commercialization aspect of retail stores pushing Christmas way early is uncalled for, I disagree with the assumption that in pulling out the tinsel early this year, the owner of house you saw was all that out of line — particularly in light of how truly bad 2008 has been.

I for one look forward to enjoying Christmas this season because I need it — not for the anticipation of what goodies I'll receive ('cuz there won't be many I assure you), but much more for the way it makes me feel; the escapism of what it represents.

Call me naive, but this year I think a lot of us could go for a little bit of childish simplicity in our lives, no matter how we can get it.