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Dec
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When Did Christmas Become So Obnoxious?

Okay, so today I went to Wal-Mart. It’s the first Saturday in December, and the nearest [real] mall is at least 70 minutes away, and I went to Wal-Mart. I needed a Christmas tree. The ones we usually get (you know the authentic kind that smells nice and that sheds 6 pounds of needles on your floor that you vacuum up till Halloween?) do not come from Wal-Mart. This year we decided to wimp out go simple, because we prefer to devote ourselves to other things. Like baking and eating large amounts of cookies. Or just not vacuuming up all those pesky needles.

So I went to Wal-Mart. And man, was it ever awful. People everywhere, and none of them happy or looking anyone else in the eye. And anything that can possibly have Santa or reindeer on it, does. And lawn decorations. Huge, illuminated, inflatable ones. That move. And play loud music.

Everything was so…obnoxious.

It made me feel icky. I didn’t end up getting a tree there, not that the ickiness stopped me, mind you. I just didn’t find one I really wanted. I came home with a very nice one from K-Mart, 4.5 feet tall with lights already on it. No more messing with those strings year after year! That, my friend, is why these places flourish. Because I can get my artificial Christmas tree pre-lit. Pre-lit, people! Regardless of my rants against American, materialistic excess, I will still shop for my cheap plastic crap at big box stores.

Oh, they had a tree that played music too, with fiber-optics so that the ends of the branches changed color in time to the songs, but I had to turn it down.

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2 Responses to “When Did Christmas Become So Obnoxious?”


  1. December 5, 2007 at 9:45 am

    Oye! I was at Wla-Mart on Sunday afternoon for my grocery shopping. It was terrible. There were so many people, I just couldn’t believe it.
    We want a fake tree too, but need to wait until our finances stabalize to make that purchase.

  2. 2 PJ
    December 5, 2007 at 11:59 pm

    I’m with you on the fake trees. I’ll take the cookies any day!!! Although I still string my own lights — no, I get a nice teenager to string the lights for me while I supervise!!! (There are advantages to being old-er!!) LOL I bought my tree several years ago — it is indestructible –and still looks great! I bought it in the after Christmas sales a few years ago. I’m just not up to looking for a new one — YET!

    Love the post.


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