100.3 has officially become Christmas music 24/7 and as per every year, I’m pissed off about it. At least this year I think they waited until after Halloween to do it, but regardless of when they start, prior to Thanksgiving is still too early for me. The Christmas season is WAY too long and it gets more and more ridiculous every year. I’m not a Grinch, but I believe the season shouldn’t infringe on other holidays.
Think about it. What other holiday gets as much time as Chrismtas? Christmas gets 2-3 MONTHS (and some years longer). For perspective’s sake, a few examples:
– Valentine’s Day – One day to show someone how much you love them (or how much you don’t want to get in a fight about how you forgot =P). One day. One day to tell someone you love them and you think they’re special when you should be doing this year round anyways.
– Martin Luther King Jr. Day – A day that is a tribute to an amazing humanitarian who changed the way people thought forever and would have done more good if someone hadn’t shot him. He gets one day assuming people actually remember that it is in fact his day.
– Mother’s/Father’s Day – See Valentine’s Day
– Independence Day – A day commemorating our country’s freedom, gets a few weeks of attention prior to the start due to barbecues and not the meaning.
– Veteran’s Day/Memorial Day – One day mostly remembered by current vets or friends/families of vets past. Again, like MLK day. Gets one day of attention if people remember (which in many ways is inexcusable).
– Thanksgiving – Gets mostly skipped because Christmas starts in October now and most people are concentrating more on Black Friday (the day after) than Thanksgiving itself.
Which brings me to my point. While I think it’d be nice if people truly took stock of what they have to be thankful for more than a few times a year, I know in many cases that’s not going to happen. However, I personally believe that it’s not too much to ask that people at least think about it this month. People devote so much time to Christmas, and the worst part is that 90% of them are only doing it because of gifts. Yet they rarely think of the gifts that they are surrounded by every day.
All I’m asking is that the people who take the time to read this really think about what they’re thankful for for even 5 minutes. Christmas gets 2-3 months. I think it’s only fair that if Christmas gets that long, you can give Thanksgiving 5 minutes of your time (especially if you’re not a sap like me thinking about it all the time). I’m not going to pull the whole “there are starving people in Africa/homeless people all over” argument because it’s fececious. I’m aware of the fact that I write a note that is similar in tone to this every year, but year after year I can’t help but at least try to get people to listen to and understand me. In many ways I think my efforts may be futile, but if this note only even makes you think while you’re reading it, I’m accomplishing something.