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.