Every Thursday, we bring our True Tales from the Pink & Blue Series- which focuses on the ups and downs, the hilarious and the not-so funny moments, surrounding parenthood inspired by our own toddlers and preschoolers.
Happy Holidays! Wait…. too early?
A few months ago, I got angry in the grocery store. It was the beginning of August and I hadn’t really started my back to school shopping. There was a HUGE display of Halloween candy attracting my children and my sweet tooth. I was mad. “Stop rushing my summer!” I thought.
I still need to go on that dreaded trip to the mall with my kids for fall clothing. I still need to take advantage of those spectacular “tax-free” shopping days for sweaters and jeans, despite 90 degree weather….
And that stupid grocery store was tempting me with orange and black themed candy in August? What, was candy shortage in our midst? Did I need to buy it that early? What about a costume? Oh no…the kids would be talking about this for weeks…. They love Halloween. I hate you, grocery store.
Flash forward to November 1st. I am in Target, sipping my oh-so-dangerous pumpkin spice latte. Yes, I am here to do that super,” thrifty” mom thing. Stocking up on awesome Halloween clearance. See Halloween is an expensive event and I am ready to bring my sparsely, boo-filled yard to life. in 2015. Yep. I am aiming to stock up on deals….
WAIT!!! Hold the phone…
Hanukkah and Christmas decorations have put their tractor beams on my kids. Hayden is dancing with an inflatable Santa. Henry is spraying a can of window frost on the floor. Hayden whines, “I want LEGOS!” Henry is now trying to climb an inflatable reindeer and has tangled his brother in LED lights. The store is loudly playing a Mariah Carey “All I want for Christmas”.
Wait? Did I fall in to a Halloween candy coma and miss Thanksgiving? Where the heck is Thanksgiving supplies, Target? I didn’t buy a seasonally decorated, stored-the-rest-of-the-year, forgot-I-even-had-one, tablecloth yet!
Okay. Pulling myself together. Breathe, mama.
I should be used to this, as a blogger. I regularly begin promoting seasonal events and holidays early. August 1st, I begin marketing/pitching to companies. October, reviews and giveaways will begin. Heck, by mid-November I am looking at Pinterest for the best St. Patrick’s Day crafts. (Hmmm…Maybe that is why so many bloggers experience a winter slump in posts. We have had 3-5 months of pre-Christmas festivities).
It doesn’t stop me from wondering, as a mom, if we are just going overboard on the seasonal and holiday commercialization. I want to savor every holiday moment with my little ones, but by the actual day of Christmas- I am ready for the commercials, songs and fruitcake-filled festivities to end.
How early do you begin planning for the Holidays? Are you done by shopping for Christmas in November, or do you run out Christmas Eve? Are your kids already making lists for Santa?
For the record as of it’s 7 weeks til Christmas, or 48 days. Now, if you’ll please excuse me, since it’s November 6th, I must finish decorating the tree that I bought while I was at Target.