Sure, it’s only mid-August, but why not get yourself a pumpkin spice latte?
And grab some Halloween candy while you’re at it.
And there’s a decent chance one of the HBO channels is showing “Love Actually” right now.
Wait … wait … come back. You’re not on the wrong blog.
Yes, I am the guy who screams every year about Holiday Creep — the decorations coming out earlier and earlier, the rush to get to Christmas before Thanksgiving and sometimes even before Halloween.
Even if it means walking past the egg nog.
But I think I might issue an amnesty this year for those who just can’t wait to get their holiday on (assuming I remember it and don’t start complaining a month from now).
Yes, I am aware that neither my complaining over the years nor my declaration this year has changed or will change anyone’s behavior, but allow me to indulge my (Sometime Benevolent) Supreme Ruler of the World By Fiat fantasy.
By now, you’re probably wondering what has gotten into me.
Have I perhaps fallen and bumped my head? Nope, the ol’ cranium is unharmed.
Did the Ghosts of Hardasses Past, Present and Future visit me to show me the error of my anal-retentive ways? Nah … actual living people have tried and failed to do that.
So what, pray tell, has gotten into me?
To be honest, the way things are now, even my stubborn heart can’t bring itself to deny people joy, even if it means listening to Anne Murray singing “Joy to the World” before the leaves have even started to turn.
Also, why wouldn’t you want to get to Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas as soon as possible, since it means this godforsaken year will be over?
So, if you’re so inclined, go get yourself some.
Of course, I’m not sure 2021 is going to be much better.
Because I’m still a pessimist.