Castronovo Musings: The Holiday Rant

Pumpkin

Pumpkin

It started with the pumpkin spice latte, now there is pumpkin flavored Spam, pumpkin this, freaking pumpkin that, it’s starting to make me nuts and you know what? Friends, it’s Christmas time, or it might as well be. While we watch our TV weather people (dressed like they just came from the clubs, not complaining mind you) talk about the “arrival of fall” and it’s still 9 billion degrees outside, it’s really hard to wrap my head around the holidays, while it is still SEPTEMBER! And what does Pumpkin have to do with the Holidays anyway? I love Christmas, I really do…it’s my favorite holiday…I know a lot of people that say Thanksgiving is better, but with Christmas, we get presents AND we get to eat!

But the “shop first” mentality that our country has embraced isn’t going anywhere, and each store is jockeying for position to pack their stores on Black Friday. The annual migration of lunatics who run to Target at 2am the day after Thanksgiving to get a Cuisinart for 20% off. Who are you people? Heck, who am I to talk? I’ve already ordered gifts for my co-workers, but I won’t be there Black Friday…now Cyber Monday is the horse of a different color.

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