Sound Destruction: GET IN THE SPIRIT

Tuesday, November 15, 2005


It's not even Thanksgiving yet and we're already saturated by the Christmas theme. Between the commercials on tv and radio, the holiday songs piped in to the malls and stores along with the decorations, it just drives me batty. I love the fall yet retail has deemed it's over. The nerve! And you know, it's not just the fall that's affected. Every season is pushed beyond recognition by retail. Try to buy winter clothes in January and you'll find the spring line instead. Can't wear them yet, but that's what's available. If you want 4th of July decorations, better start shopping in May because come July 4th, you'll only find Halloween decorations.

When I was shopping over the weekend surrounded by the saturation of the Christmas theme, I found myself actually resenting it. Why can't retail just let us enjoy the last few weeks of fall leading into Thanksgiving then commence the saturation. I know, I know, the economy, and profits, and blah, blah, blah. But does retail really think we can't shop for Christmas unless it's decorated as such? Really, are we all that dumb? Well, then again we collectively elected George Bush. Twice.

The good news is our blogger buddy Actonbell's post yesterday helped me find my inner premature Christmas spirit. So join me with your mug of hot cider as we circle around the beautiful foliaged tree, and all sing along...

(To the tune of "“Santa Claus is Coming to Town.")

You better watch out,
You better not lie,
You better not cheat,
We're telling you why,
Wal-Mart Watch is coming to town!

We'’re holding events
In every state,
To show how Wal Mart discriminates
Wal-Mart Watch is coming to town!


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10:49 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

I have no problem with Walmart, but I really like you and Actonbell so I'll boycott, darnit! (Studies show 87% of politically active males take stands in order to impress women. By "studies show," of course, I mean "I think.")

10:51 AM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

The day after Thanksgiving is Buy Nothing Day around my house.
I won't participate in the rediculous consumerism. Buying shit just for the sake of buying shit.
Actually, we keep Christmas low key in the first place.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Omnipotent Poobah said...


Wal-Mart, Target - so many places, so many boycotts. One must do what one must do though, so I'll be there with you.

BTW, I haven't been able to get into the Christmas spirit since they axed the Norelco Shaver Santa. I loved that elfin little dude skiing down the freshly-powdered slopes on a shaver.


11:08 AM  
Blogger karma said...

love the carol! so, are you going to go out and shoot a deer?

12:00 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Anon - Here's a thought. Treat yourself to one of your hunting rifles and go test it on yourself!

Doug - Aw, that's a good doggie. *pat*

Mike - I actually love decorating for Christmas and listening to Christmas music. But not before Thanksgiving!

Poobah - Well that explains the beard!

12:08 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Karm - Me? Shoot Bambi? Never! Now, would you like some more cider before we being singing in a round?

12:20 PM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

I have to admit, I really enjoy Christmas. Getting together with family, having a tree, etc..
One thing I cannot stand and it makes me crazy is Christmas music.

I hate it. With every fiber of my being.
I hate every song, every word, every note.
I worked retail grocery for 16 years, the endless Christmas music made it worse. It drove me insane.
Would it kill someone to record something different? Do I have to hear White Christmas AGAIN??
Just like I never want to hear Staireway to Heaven or Free Bird either, ENOUGH ALREADY!!
-end rant-

1:21 PM  
Blogger tlm said...

I love Wal-Mart. I went to one of those older Wal-Marts last week (not the Super- kind most of us have now) and I felt like I was in a third-world country.

Ah... God bless any store that sells DVD players for $25.

mike- You're so right about Christmas music, and especially Freebird. Awful stuff.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Mike - I'll grant you your Freebird, but Stairway to Heaven? C'mon! Bah Humbug!

TLM - Same goes for you!

5:11 PM  
Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

My husband and I were at what passes for a mall here today. They are busy setting up the Santa Claus Village! Way too early for that. All the department stores (all three of them)have their Christmas trees and decorations up. I didn't see any Thanksgiving decorations. I guess they go right from Halloween to XMAS.

I actually love Christmas music, including the old songs. Just not so early.

I don't venture into stores on Black Friday, but Acton Bell and her husband do ALL of their Christmas shopping on that day.

5:41 PM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

Stairway to Heaven.
In the top 5 all time overplayed, overhyped rock songs.

Gimme Four Sticks, baby.. :)

5:42 PM  
Blogger strider said...

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6:09 PM  
Blogger strider said...

what is and what should never be' is my favorite zep tune. i am sick of stairway and i only like the end of freebird after the guitar solo starts.

f wal mart. go see "wal-mart:the high cost of low price." it comes out this week.

see trailer here:

screenings started this week.

6:12 PM  
Blogger actonbell said...

I love Thanksgiving--it's noncommercial, and is still a day to set aside and sit down to a meal with your family.
The time leading up to Christmas is just too long--I agree, Sar! And it's all too much. I usually find myself tired of Christmas music, too.
I haven't seen the WalMart documentary yet, but will make a point of doing so. Actually, I already avoid the place...I certainly don't want WalMart to be typical of the future! So, I'm singing along:)

6:42 PM  
Blogger AP3 said...

Nice post! It's good to find your inner, premature Christmas spirit, isn't it?

7:40 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Who knew that one day the Spirit of Christmas Future would be Autumn.

10:48 PM  
Blogger dddragon said...

Our church showed the film "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices" last Sunday.

I worked briefly at a department store a long time ago and remember unpacking xmas ornaments and displays during Labor Day weekend. Now the company that I work for sells hundreds of xmas stockings before Halloween!

I understand your resentment - I'm feeling it, too.

10:49 PM  
Blogger Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...


My family spends very little time shopping for the holidays they spend more time now just enjoying the company of relatives whether they like them or not.

2:08 AM  
Blogger Sar said...

TLP - It's crazy, isn't it? Way too early!

Mike - I'll concede it's top 5 over overplayed. I'm not the biggest Zeppelin fan, though I do like Whole Lotta Love, but I suppose that's overplayed too.

Strider - Hey that reminds me, how's about another one of your awesome movie posts?

Actonbell - Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. And speaking of thanks giving (haw haw) thanks again for the inspiration. :)

Aral - Thanks & good to have you back!

Doug - That's a clever doggie! *pat*

Dddragon - Would that be the same church as your mom & dad's?

Alice - hahahaha!

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