It’s happened the past couple of years, though this year I had the surreal experience of setting up some of Macy’s Holiday Lane before Halloween. I’ve grown used to the shopping world starting Christmas long before December and just ignored it. And continued to ignore it, get tired of it, not want to participate, and then we come to December 21st.
Suddenly, I need a box set of a difficult-to-procure anime series, a local band’s CD on backorder, and a fantasy novel that inspires creativity (without a female protagonist). And feel the need to buy a goat for a starving family somewhere out of my line of sight.
Christmas apathy only lasts as long as one can hold out against peer pressure to buy. Living at home, seeing my family every day and knowing that a box in pretty paper won’t really fix any of the problems, means that I am reluctant to buy and wrap a box out of obligation. Spontaneous gifts mean more, but if I can just convince myself I’m giving spontaneous gifts to various people, all on the same day, it won’t seem so… forced.
! And I have an idea for the book. Terrific. Now I only have to drive 55 miles to the nearest decent bookstore.