This is a post I should have written about two months ago. Two months ago when all the cheap plastic decorations first made their way into the supermarkets, Walmarts, Kmarts and Any-Other-Marts in the United States. Here in the U.S., shoppers have been regaled with muzak versions of The Little Drummer Boy and Silent Night since well before Halloween (October 31st) this year.
Now that we have finally gotten that pesky little Thanksgiving holiday over with, the commercial Christmas onslaught can begin in earnest.
On my Thanksgiving cross-country trip, I realized what I have been missing without TV for all these years. Ads. Hundreds and thousands of ads promising me the best Christmas ever (what is that anyway?) if only I purchase a new Best Buy flat screen TV, or Macy’s cashmere sweater, or Zales diamond necklace, or _______ (insert advertised product in blank) for my loved one.
I had forgotten what it was like. Although I had a fabulous trip, I was quite relieved when I was finally home and able to retreat to the refuge of my quiet house to end the commercial attack on my psyche.
And here comes the part that I should have written about three months ago when I first detected the initial stirrings of faux holiday jolliness in the stores:
Since many readers are probably new to Unplug Your Kids, I should let you all know that last year while suffering a holiday existential crisis, I wrote a series of posts entitled Christmas/Holidays Unplugged in which I explored alternatives to the traditional American commercial holiday experience.
I know it is a bit late now that December is already here, but if anyone is in need of a bit of inspiration, or encouragement, or alternative holiday ideas, then hopefully you might enjoy some of these posts.
I have listed them all here and linked to them so you can click on what sounds interesting to you. I hope that someone will find this helpful!
(Also: If you find a topic interesting, be sure to read the comments too since readers often left their own wonderful insights and suggestions.)
2) Unplug The Christmas Machine (a book review – very inspirational book if you are disillusioned with Christmas/Hanukkah)
3) Making a List and Checking it Twice (what does your holiday really mean to you?)
4) Holiday Prep – Part 1 (Introduction)
10) The Great Christmas Tree Dilemma (Real? Fake? Living? What else?)
11) Buy Handmade
13) Santa Lists and Sponge Bob (dealing with kids’ gift requests)
14) Combating Commercials (fighting the effects of toy ads)
15) Help! Too Much Stuff!! (ideas for cutting down on the amount of “stuff”)
16) A Post as Small as a Stocking Stuffer (“nice toy” stocking stuffer ideas)
(Thanks to Everystockphoto and phtographer”tandemracer” for this photo. View license terms here.)