So this is how it started. I had just finished watching a Terra Nova rerun (an episode I missed last week), when I began to innocently switch through the other channels for something new to watch, like you do. During my clicking ritual, I found myself staring at a familiar seasonal program that’s broadcast every year to the delight of children and nostalgic adults alike. That is, it’s a delight when it’s appropriately timed to the proper month and time of the year it references, when it’s meant to be enjoyed, logically. Instead, I found myself listening to the Fah Who Foraze-ing musical stylings of little Who’s from Whoville…in early November.
The only thing I could do, other than turning it off and grumbling madly, was tweet my disgust:
Are you kidding me?! The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is on TBS right now?! It’s barely November people!!! @#$&^@*! Jeez.
@mnemosyneMARS via Twitter on November 5, 2011 at 9:00pm PST
However, I found that I was not alone. Saturn Darkhope, the fabulous hostess of the Pennies in the Well podcast, rallied to my cry. She responded to my tweet in Facebook:
I’m using my peril sensitive sunglasses to keep out any and all “cough”-mas references.
Saturn Darkhope via Facebook on November 5, 2011 at 10:00pm PST
Saturn definitely has the right idea. But I intend to go further. I’m now totally on board with the new Adbusters campaign called Buy Nothing Day. It urges people to refrain from shopping on Black Friday and Christmas Eve in order to send a much needed message to corporate America, break us free from the shackles of greed, and bring down the commercialization of this so-called holiday. I’m doing it. And not just because I’m really cheap and currently out of work. Honest. There’s like, principles and other stuff behind it too.
So how will you be enjoying your wintertime holiday season? Will you be shopping, or giving? Will you challenge yourself to discover that those two concepts are not the same thing? You can email me your responses at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below.
Now, before we all start climbing down off our high horses, let’s have some fun with a few seasonal fails I looked-up…just to make ourselves feel better about this growing outrage in mainstream America. Enjoy and good luck. The bombardment of greed-mas advertising will only pick-up steam from here on out. Don your “peril sensitive sunglasses” if you have them.
Scary overgrown elf. Blood red suit. Breaks into your house. Steals cookies. At night. While you’re asleep. Close enough.
Love and Blasphemy,