As many of you know, I have a Christmas book coming out today. The day before Halloween. And no, my publisher doesn’t have some evol plan to confuse you about holidays so you’ll start your Christmas shopping early. Oh, wait, yes, they do. But there’s another legit reason for it. Really. Christmas merchandise has a shelf life. After Christmas, it’s pretty much useless. So all the many Christmas books start coming out in late September and keep coming out up until the end of November. Mine is actually a bit late in the Christmas Book Season–late October! Wow.
But honestly, aren’t you all used to this by now? I mean, to the right is a picture taken in my local dollar store by my assistant on September 18th. I kid you not. They were already offering Christmas wrapping paper, etc. Did they switch out the Back to School stuff for Christmas stuff, bypassing Halloween and Thanksgiving altogether? And how am I supposed to get in my witchy, spooky, costume-loving, horror-movie-loving mood when there are elves and Christmas trees decorating the mall? Never mind being in the mood for turkey dinner!
So here’s what I suggest for coping with Creeping Christmas-ism–i.e., the increasing encroachment of Christmas into September, October, and November:
September–Buy all your relations sale school supplies as Christmas gifts, and explain that you were seduced by the Christmas decorations into thinking those were suitable. Think of the money you’ll save! Plus, who DOESN’T want a stapler for Christmas?
October–Put a Jack-o-Lantern in the center of every store Christmas wreath you see. Drive a knife through Santa’s heart. Offer your trick-or-treat candy in a Christmas box. All of that will scare and confuse the kiddies, which is the point of Halloween anyway.
November–Go only to those stores with Thanksgiving decorations. Sure, that will probably limit you to a craft store and some bakery that hasn’t changed its decorations in five years, but hey, some sacrifices are necessary for the cause! Bookstores, however, must be exempt, since, ahem, my Christmas book is out. In case you missed it. Because I know I have barely mentioned it in passing.
Okie-dokie. Now we have a plan!
So tell me, does it bother you that they put up Christmas decorations in September? Or do you feel like the earlier the better? Do you decorate for Halloween? For Thanksgiving? (I actually don’t–I only decorate for Christmas, but not until December!) When do you put your decorations up? What is your suggestion for dealing with Creeping Christmas-ism?
P.S. One lucky individual will win an out-of-print copy of the only book I have that comes even CLOSE to being appropriate for Halloween–Dance with the Devil, which has stories by Rexanne Becnel, Anne Logan, Meagan McKinney, and me writing as Deborah Martin!
Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of a whole bunch of historical romance novels for Pocket Books and Avon Books, as well as a caffeine addict, Third Culture Kid, chocoholic, and jigsaw puzzle aficionado. Before writing as SJ, she wrote 8 historicals as Deborah Martin (now being revised and re-released) and 3 contemporary paranormal romantic suspense novels as Deborah Nicholas. Her 25th SJ book, WHEN THE ROGUE RETURNS, will be out January 19, 2014, and the paperback of her popular hardcover, 'TWAS THE NIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS, is out now!
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