We were at Target today, buying all sorts of necessary things like shampoo and hand soap and laundry detergent (amazing how we get low on all things soapy at once) and I remembered that I had to check the Halloween aisle for a Little Red Riding Hood cape. My class does fairy tale plays every June, and every June I think to myself, "I have to remember to look for a Red Riding Hood cape this Halloween." And this year I actually remembered! So there I was, in the Halloween section of the store (which was surprisingly still decently stocked), and there the Target Team was, hanging up hundreds of Christmas wreaths. One of the Halloween aisles has already been reassigned to spare Christmas tree lights, decoration hooks, and boxes of cards.
Hrm. This totally weirds out my mojo. I'm not a huge fan of Halloween, actually. I love how my first graders get all excited (we don't dress up in school, but we have a big Fall Fest day of activities) and totally enjoy dressing my girls up for their dance class, for the Masquerade Ball at night at my school, and for trick or treating. But when it's all said and done, I'm like... ok... put it all away... let's move on.
We host Thanksgiving at our house, and I do love it (Target seems nonplussed, although they did have more in autumny candles and yellow/gold/red housewares). We have both sides of the family over and everyone brings stuff, and it's just a wonderful day. Yes, it's a lot to do (I clean the house and set everything up, Handsome Hubby does the cooking), but there's just a feeling when everyone is sitting together and chatting and eating that you can't replicate.
But Christmas is the holiday I love the most. Just the love and peace and togetherness and time off from work to hang out with the kids. We have so many holiday memories. I already have the kids' Christmas dresses and shoes (thanks, Target, for red shoes in both size 8 and 1 1/2) and have their portraits scheduled. So I guess Target and I aren't so far off in our thinking. It's just weird to see it all together, skeletons and fake pine wreaths...