Sunday, November 16, 2008

Halloween Malaise

No this isn’t what you think. This is not a debate about whether or not Jewish kids should or should not participate in trick-or-treating, or whether or not Halloween should be renamed to Purim-in-the-Fall. Instead it is just a simple complaint that Christmas season now officially begins right after the end of Halloween on November 1st. This does not even include the fact that I saw decorations going up in our local mall in August, which for us in Tucson is kind of weird because it is still only 100 degrees outside at that time.
With Thanksgiving, a Jewish holiday by the way, already consumed, I am worried that many fall celebrations are going to fall prey to this voracious beast of winter consumerism. It will not be long until the winter shopping season begins not in November, but just past Labor Day. This means the Christmas shopping season could engulf Columbus Day, Diwali, United Nations Day, Boss’ Day, Grandparents’ Day, Veteran's Day. Most concerning though, if this happens our secular-religious calendar could swallow whole the Jewish fall observances of Rosh Hashana, Tzom Gedaliah, the 10 Days of Repentance, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah in the similar fashion to how Hanukkah has now become inexorably tied to Christmas.
Just a thought.

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