Dear Readers:

It’s been a little while, hasn’t it? I hope you’ve been well! Fall has arrived, and I have a dilemma. Yes, you heard me correctly…Nelly does not know what to do about something! So, dear readers, here is my story:

On October 7th, I went into some Enid stores looking for some orange lights for my Halloween decorating, and was completely unnerved by what I saw. There was a tiny 4 foot section of Halloween décor, followed by an entire aisle of CHRISTMAS décor. ON OCTOBER 7TH!  Now, I love Christmas as much as the next gal, but on October 7th, I want Halloween, and Autumn, and maybe even Thanksgiving, but not…NO, NOT CHRISTMAS. I understand that people start shopping for certain things early. Hobby Lobby needs to put out Christmas stuff early so that the crafters have plenty of time to get their projects done. I get that. People start shopping for gifts early, too. I also get that. But we do NOT need to be decorating our houses for Christmas before Halloween! I just don’t understand what’s happening any more. There is no holiday segregation. When you hit September, it’s BacktoschoolHalloweenThanksgivingChristmas until December. Then you get a month off until St.PatricksDayEasterMother’sDayFather’sDay. I just feel that it takes away from the unique and special qualities of each holiday, don’t you? Remember the anticipation of seeing the first display of Halloween costumes when you were a kid…wondering what you were going to choose to dress up in, your mouth watering for all that candy, and getting a little chill thinking about walking around in the dark with your friends? Well, now you have to look behind the Christmas trees to find a cauldron to put your treats in. Remember when the first signs of tinsel and wrapping paper would make your head dance with thoughts of a cold Christmas morning with your family, and wondering what might be waiting for you in your stocking hung with care? Well, it’s 85 degrees now, and you aren’t even wearing a jacket, so seeing that stuff just stresses you out, and makes you think of all the stuff you have to do before then, and the holiday is ruined before it began.

I know that Christmas is about so much more than the trappings we are starting to see in the stores as soon as Fall is declared. But Halloween isn’t. It’s just about fun, ok? Can we just have our fun, without looking ahead 3 months?

 Readers, what do you think? Do you agree that the holiday sandwich has gotten too big to bite? What can/should we do about it? Leave a comment for Nelly, because she wants to know what YOU think!