Commercialization of Easter & Every Other Holiday - 03/25/14

   Here we are, knocking on Easter's door.  Yet, we've been seeing signs of the big bunny since Christmas.  My daughter asked that very poignant question around Christmastime, "Mom, why do stores put the holiday BEFORE the holiday?"  She was referring to Easter eggs and Peeps displayed just after Christmas along with the trappings of St. Patrick's Day & Valentines too.
   My short answer?  "Sweetie, they want your money." 
   It really does lead to holiday confusion. I feel sometimes when I walk in a store like I'm in some sort of time warp.
    It really is sad that we now have Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas in late August. Valentines Day in November,  Easter in December, July 4th in April and the list of holiday creep goes on and on.
   Retailers claim they're giving us what we want.  More time to shop and prepare.  I'm sorry.  I don't want to see St. Nick alongside the beach pales and slip 'n' slides.  I want to enjoy the moment... this very moment.... this season, not three seasons away. 
    I feel like most days I'm on a hamster wheel anyway as most moms do.  Do we really need our stores to speed life up for us even more? 
     The only way to make this blurred seasonal slide subside is to stop buying.  I  personally have stopped.  I don't buy for the holiday until a week or two before (with the exception of Christmas.)   I'll tell  you how I came to this conclusion.  I read where Americans spend nearly $2.1 billion on Easter candy.  I personally would buy Easter candy early.  I would put it in the secret spot.  However, hubby and I always knew it was there.  So, guess what happened?  We'd chip away at it here and there until finally, I had to go back to the store to buy a second round of Easter candy.  Retailers know this about us.  That's why they put it out early.  This goes for Halloween, Valentines, Christmas... really all of the holidays.  All of this early marketing is aimed at us women.  They know we'll buy early and either eat it or forget we bought it and buy double or buy more than we should have.  Brilliant.  They think they have us figured out, but I'm not buying it.  I hope you won't either.
 

 

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UPS-HOLIDAY HIRING

ATLANTA (AP) -- What can brown do for you? Perhaps put some holiday cash in your pocket. UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 workers to help during the holiday rush. The Atlanta-based company says the positions will include package sorters, loaders, delivery helpers and drivers. Last year, a last-minute surge in holiday shipments drove up the shipper's costs and hurt its bottom line. UPS notes seasonal jobs have long served as a path to a permanent gig.

HASH OIL EXPLOSIONS

DENVER (AP) -- Leave it to the pros -- when making hash oil. That's the issue facing the Denver City Council. Pot is legal in Colorado, which has given rise to homemade cannabis extracts. There have been a number of explosion caused by amateurs using butane or other gases to make the potent pot concentrates. The Denver Post reports a council committee will take up the issue again next week. Under the proposal, some homemade hash oil production would still be allowed using safer methods.

TELLTALE TATTOO

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- It's probably not a good idea to rip-off the tattoo parlor where you got your ink. Police in Frederick, Maryland, report the owner of Classic Electric Tattoo recognized a suspect caught on security video. The tattoo shop was broken into and two guns and a several cellphones and other electronics were stolen. The News-Post of Frederick reports the tattoo artist recognized his work on the suspect's forearm. The man was busted last week and is charged with burglary and theft.

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CANDY STOLEN

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) -- A sweet tooth and a full bladder are now legal issues for a Pennsylvania man. Police in Altoona say a couple saw a man with his pants down peeing outside their home. The couple was leaving their house so the husband could drive his wife to work. When he returned 20 minutes later, he found an open window. The man told officers only Chick-O-Sticks were missing from their candy bowl. Police say 29-year-old Earl Munoz is the man who was relieving himself. According to officers, Munoz had a Chick-O-Stick wrapper in his pocket and two small bags of cocaine. The Altoona Mirror reports Munoz now faces a hearing later this month on a burglary charge.

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