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December 12, 2012

Christmas Just Ain't Christmas

MILLEDGEVILLE —  

I've struggled a bit these winter months. I suffer from depression as a whole, however, the fall months are the worst. I find myself feeling very bleak this time of year. I'm often very deep in thought or cocooned in a persistent somber mood. Since right before Thanksgiving my thought processes have shifted. I've found myself thinking about how different Christmas is now from the way it was growing up.

Granted, I'm about to turn 32 this month I've discovered that with the continuous technological growth over the past 20 or so years things seem more different than they do the same. I discussed this with a former colleague of mine just recently. He too feels that there is just something very different. I find it hard to put into words but it's as if the veneer, the nostalgia, of things once so valued has changed. To that end, Christmas Just Ain't Christmas.

In my youth I remember the holidays being a big and wonderful thing. I could count on a non-commercially interrupted Thanksgiving with turkey and all the trimmings as well as December being the start of the Christmas season. Now, Halloween comes, then Christmas is ushered into retail stores and as of this year, Thanksgiving is being used as the new official start day for doorbuster deals. Is there nothing sacred? 

We seem to be sprinting to the finish line on a race of endurance. I'm sure some retailers will say, "We wait until six or eight before pushing our products so that people can spend time as a family." However, we're one of the most overworked nations. It's a luxury to not only have benefit time but also in being able to find the time to use it. What is so wrong with Black Friday that it has to encroach on Thanksgiving? I mean, there's also Cyber Monday! Personally I think all of it is an unnecessary circus. I do think that even if you don't take part in the shopping frenzy, these activities and new norms have changed us.

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