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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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SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Some Detroit-area cops are dealing with some real animals. Officers in Shelby Township had to take control of a black goat when it was found wandering a city park this week. Last month, the department rounded up an aggressive stray pig that charged a woman doing yard work. The pig was briefly detained and a photo of its ride in the back of a police cruiser went viral. The department is now trying to get the goat off its hands. Officers have posted a picture on Facebook, asking, "Does anyone know who owns this goat?!"

STONER CAMP

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) -- Plans for a pot-friendly ranch resort in Colorado have been snuffed out. The 170-acre CannaCamp resort touted weed-friendly activities like hiking and fishing. But a deal with the landowner fell through, and the marijuana-tourism company promoting the resort says it won't open after all. The deal was kicked after the announcement made international headlines and became the butt of jokes on late-night TV.

FIREWORKS TRUCK EXPLODES

IVANPAH, Calif. (AP) -- Fourth of July has come early along a Southern California freeway. A van packed with fireworks exploded yesterday in what one witness calls a "psychedelic" display. But the sparkling sight was a headache for everyone caught in the backup that ensued. The burned out van briefly closed the main road between Los Angeles and Las Vegas at the start of the holiday weekend. The driver of the van fled and hasn't been found.

MAILING METH

HONOLULU (AP) -- Most people see a toaster oven and think breakfast. Some criminals, think crystal meth. Two men are pleading not guilty to helping mail six pounds of methamphetamine from California to Hawaii in a four slice toaster. And it's not the first time drug smugglers have gotten savvy with shipments to the island state. Meth has previously been shipped to Hawaii in mannequin heads and stuffed animals.

 
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