I love buying presents for family and friends but dread the Christmas songs that continuously play in stores and on the radio. There is something profoundly depressing about driving underneath blue skies to a store to get wrapping paper while Bing Crosby sings about a White Christmas on the radio.
The cheer of this time of year chases me out of places where I love to hang out: book stores and coffee shops. Offices and other places where they usually have the radio on become places to avoid because radio stations play nothing but jingle bells.
I flee to the Internet grateful for the many online shopping possibilities. I love to shop at various museum stores. I shop at the Smithsonian a lot as well as at National Geographic. I cannot get those items here where I live.
Some people understand this and some will shake their heads lecturing me on why I should be shopping local. As if we have the variety here!
So let me ask you:
- How do you feel about those Christmas tunes?
- Do you avoid stores during the Holidays?
- When would it be acceptable for the radio to switch over to all jingle bells tunes? A week before Christmas? Two weeks?
- Do you shop more online during the Holidays or not?
It feels like December is a commercialized season with peer pressure to be cheerful. Like smiling all the time because you are in Disney World.