It’s far too soon

This one will be short, I promise.

I realize that now that Hallowe’en is over, it is time for the Christmas merchandise.  American Thanksgiving is coming up at the end of the month, but that merchandise was  fighting the Hallowe’en stuff for shelf space so we can ignore that.

November 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans’ Day in the US.  This is the date in 1918 when the Great War ended and now commemorates all those who have lost their lives throughout the years and across the world defending our freedom.  November 11 is also this coming Sunday.

That is ten days after Hallowe’en.  Given that Remembrance Day is this weekend, would you  agree that Christmas commercials are more than a little premature.  Remembrance Day, or as it is becoming more commonly known Poppy Day has, over the past few years, become a ten day celebration of our brave warriors.  Other than the desire to serve the great retail god of profit, can you think of a single reason why advertisers and stores (who are preparing their Christmas windows even as I write this) couldn’t wait those ten days?   These men and women sacrificed their bodies and yes, their lives, to ensure that we would have the freedom to have the lives we currently enjoy.  Is it really asking too much to hold off the Christmas displays and adverts until after November 11?  Personally I don’t think so and I will boycott any product or store I see advertising Christmas before we have properly honoured our veterans.

Cat.

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One thought on “It’s far too soon

  1. I totally agree with you on this issue, Cat. Each year it appears that people’s memory span becomes shorter by the minute, and the commercial venues grow greedier by the second. For families who have been affected by the numerous conflicts since the Great War — even those preceding — the loss they suffered was immeasurable and something that does not diminish with time. Objects can be replaced but lives cannot, so I too feel that the sacrifice these brave men and women gave — many of them not much more than children — deserve an individual’s respect and gratitude more than on one single day each year, and we should take the time to decently honour this without being caught up in the race for the first Xmas bargains on the shelf.

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