Did you know that Santa Claus arrived at the Quakerbridge Mall on November 9th?  Santa Claus, November.  A solid three weeks before Thanksgiving, and a mere 10 days after Halloween.

Did you know that the Hallmark Movie Channel is showing Christmas movies 24-7? 

Probably not, because I think I’m the only person (and my Mom.  Hi, Mom.) that watches HMC.

Have you realized that every other commercial, especially on the kids’ channels, are holiday themed?

We’re planning out our Black Friday shopping, except, it’s starting on Thursday.  Which is Thanksgiving.  And REALLY: all of the blogs and facebook posts spouting outrage at stores opening on Thanksgiving?!  When it’s basically our own fault!?  The stores are open, which means they expect people.  And not just a few people.  Many people.

ThanksgivingI don’t really know where I’m going with this.  I think I’m just plain bewildered.  Why are we in such a rush?  Like, to me, Thanksgiving is a kick ass holiday.  Parades!  Football!  Food!  Family!  Why are we speeding through November?  Is it the economy?  Like an extra 8 hours of shopping at Sears is really going to make up for the last 11 months of economic instability?  Am I the only person that understands math?

And don’t get me wrong, I get into the spirit.  We’re making wish lists.  We have plans to see the Radio City Rockettes.  We’re talking about watching the Grinch movie.  We do Christmas like Who-ville.  But I guess I just don’t want to rush it.  I want to enjoy the changes that November brings: the weird weather, the crisp air, the brown fields.  I don’t want to miss out on my long-awaited vacation days (when you only get 7 holidays a year, you tend to get a little selfish).


ChristmasCollageLike I said, I don’t really know where I’m going with this.  Maybe I just wanted to remind myself to slow down and not wish the days away. What about you?  Are you going out Thanksgiving night?  Do you shop Black Friday?  Do you say “Screw it!” and just shop cyber monday?  How do you deal?




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Also a transplant to New Jersey and Mercer County, Merritt McGlynn is walking a tightrope between career woman and devoted mother: hanging on for dear life with her dishpan hands. Merritt is a mom to two of the most adorable children in Jersey: a darling and spunky 4-year-old and a certifiably insane but heart-melting almost-3-year-old. Married to the always-working "Coach", Merritt tries to maintain some appearance of a work-life balance, and often finds that the scales are usually tipped in one direction or the other - but she’s still trying! In her spare time, if she ever gets any, Merritt would like to read books, travel with her husband, drink margaritas on the deck, and one day, if she’s really lucky, enjoy a phone conversation without interruptions. For now, she’ll settle for 20 minutes of an Audrey Hepburn movie and a diet coke.


  1. I could only go shopping on thanksgiving if I had a designated driver. And in our family… One of those is hard to come by.