On the 8th day of November…

Returning from the conference yesterday we met our son and his family for lunch at a restaurant in their town. And guess what we saw there…



On the 8th day of November. Good grief.

It seems to start sooner every year now. As do our election campaigns and all the ugliness that comes with them.


Changing the subject, as some of you have pointed out, my posts often aren’t appearing in the WordPress reader. I don’t know why that is happening or even where to go complain about it. I welcome any advice on how to fix the problem.Β InΒ the meantime, keep in mind that I post every morning, usually at around 7:00.

25 comments on “On the 8th day of November…

  1. It seems you don’t get out and about much πŸ™‚ The stores have had there Christmas out for at least a month now and some longer than that. Commercialism rules the world 😦 What is really amazing is that people are buying it by the cart fulls and if you want lights you better get them now because once Thanksgiving gets here you won’t find hardly any. I’ve worked retail most of my adult life and it does happen earlier and earlier every year.


    • Bill says:

      Yes, you’re right. πŸ™‚ When I pointed it out to Cherie and said, “Can you believe this?” she laughed and said that the Christmas stuff has been out for months at Hobby Lobby. I really don’t get out much. I still remember when Christmas marketing kicked off the day after Thanksgiving.


  2. Dani says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more. But it’s all due to retailers psyching up customers for as long a period as possible.

    It seems as though we go from Christmas, to Valentines Day, to Easter, to Thanksgiving, etc allowing one to lead into the next in an almost permanent “buy now for this XXX occasion” mindset. It’s ridiculous and interferes with the Reason of the Season!!


  3. shoreacres says:

    I went through a period of getting upset by all this, but now it doesn’t bother me. I don’t have to follow the Kardashians, and I don’t have to allow myself to get whipped into a frenzy by commercial interests. If we spend all our time complaining and obsessing over what the stores are doing, we’re as much in thrall to them as if we were cruising the aisles.

    They’re masters of manipulation, no doubt. But if people begin ignoring them, and it’s no longer profitable, it may ease up a bit. (No, I won’t hold my breath.) On the other hand, REI is NOT opening on Black Friday. They’re staying closed, to give their employees an extra day with their families, or to be outdoors. If people show approval of that policy by buying, and their bottom line shows a bump? Others might take note.

    In the meantime, it’s clearly the season to pull this out, from Charles Dickens: “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”

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    • BeeHappee says:

      REI not opening on black friday? Clever marketing/branding strategy, they will actually make more sales by not opening that day. πŸ™‚ This is my skeptic talking in me.

      Past Saturday I took kids to a Kennicott grove, a nature center based on a land of John Kennicott and his son Robert Kennicott, a great naturalist of the 19th century: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Kennicott
      It has some really cool history, specimens, etc – I could picture you liking it, Linda. Tons of turtles, and snakes, we watched a water snake shed her skin fully, climbing out of the sock, there is a pioneer cabin, and indian village, original Kennicott house and his specimens and writings.

      We did not realize that the center was holding a Christmas fair this weekend – craftsmen selling the Christmas knick knacks. Although some houses quite crowded with an ardently buying crowds, and tricky parking situation, we had a beautiful time exploring the trails, and then watching from the dark woods the houses light up with Christmas lights, quite magical for kids, on the path back, everyone was long gone, and suddenly we saw Mrs. Claus coming toward us, she stopped and asked my kids if they had seen her reindeer in the woods. πŸ™‚ They shook their heads no, and she said she would have to call for them. Kids thought it was pretty neat.

      So here we go, happy with a little bit of it all, like in that Gary Snyder poem:

      There are those who love to get dirty
      and fix things.
      They drink coffee at dawn,
      beer after work,

      And those who stay clean,
      just appreciate things,
      At breakfast they have milk
      and juice at night.

      There are those who do both,
      they drink tea.

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    • Bill says:

      That’s my philosophy too. We love to complain about things retailers are doing, but they’re only doing the things that make them money. The consumer has the ultimate power to effect change. We opted out of commercialized Christmas long ago. They don’t make any money off of us. But obviously someone is driving the demand for Christmas junk in early November. It’s like the oft-heard complaint that television shows teach immorality or that TV commercials are manipulative. Whenever I hear someone complaining about that I have to bite my tongue. It’s as if their TV set doesn’t have an on-off switch.


  4. gatheringplaceseasonfour says:

    My “follow” has always come through my email address(es). So, I am trying click on “Manage” and paste the link to your blog: https://practicingresurrection.wordpress.com/


    • Bill says:

      Thanks Bob. It seems that those who follow by email aren’t having any trouble. It’s those who follow through WordPress who aren’t getting some of the posts. I’m not sure what’s causing it. It could be some mistake by me, but I can’t figure out what it could be.


  5. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, yeah, the big box stores here have a section that’s gardening in the summer and along about Labor Day that section slowly start turning over to the Christmas section. By the end of Halloween this section is in full Christmas mode. Thanksgiving is starting to get passed over because, well, there’s really no big money in Thanksgiving. That’s very sad. Thanksgiving has just as many memories for me as Christmas. I am more into personal communication at Christmas time and spend time making a Christmas letter of encouragement that goes into a home made card. I’ll be adding a few more recipients this year which will bump the count up near 100. People still seem to like to get a Christmas card that has a little more than just signing the name at the bottom of the inscription. I don’t do shopping for Christmas any more. Well, except for the grandson that lives with me. All presents are gift cards. I live far away from my kids and all but one grand kid. Who knows what a early twenties or teenage girl (grand kids) would want for Christmas.

    Saving seeds has not been any thing that I’ve really wanted to do but as time goes on, I can see where it would be an important thing to do. I’ve read articles about how Seeds store genetic information, and by saving seeds each year your crops become acclimated to your particular garden site. They learn about your soil, water, and climate. Over time those seeds will become better (for your garden) than any that could be purchased. I have green beans that have dried on the vine this year and will be saving. I will plant some again next year but I don’t know if they were heirloom so I’m not sure about what I’ll get. I mainly let them dry out to save for Winter soups. I’m just going to harvest the pods and shell them as I need them.

    Have a great holiday season at White Flint Farm.


    • Bill says:

      I think you’re right Dave. There just isn’t enough money to be made off of Thanksgiving. So it will be absorbed into the Christmas consumerfest. That happens more every year.

      Personalized homemade cards are a great and thoughtful idea. We stopped giving or receiving Christmas gifts years ago. I hate shopping (and waste) and it was rare that I received a present I needed or wanted. So much waste. Stepping away from it all was liberating, even if it was further evidence to our families of how weird we are. πŸ™‚

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  6. Joanna says:

    My little granddaughter went around a shop the other day saying “Happy Christmas Everyone” it was very funny and fortunately no one else could really understand what she was saying anyway. A lady in one shop asked her if she had written a letter to Santa to ask for what she wants, she maybe a very articulate little lady, but she is still only 2 1/2 years old. so a bit early for winding up a little one for getting what she wants.


    • Bill says:

      I may have mentioned this to you last year, but I find it amusing that in the U.K. you say “Happy Christmas” and here in the U.S. we say “Merry Christmas.” I don’t recall ever hearing anyone use the word “merry” in any context other than a Christmas greeting. The word feels British to me, yet you all don’t use it. I wonder how that came about.


      • Joanna says:

        We do use it and I think in about equal measure. It sounds old fashioned to me and so that might explain it. Do you sing the hymn “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”? This to me resonates as a Victorian Christmas carol


  7. It gets earlier every year, doesn’t it? I just started getting email promotions from stores for Christmas!


    • Bill says:

      I so rarely go into stores that I hadn’t seen it until this weekend. But my wife says some stores have had Christmas stuff out for months. People must be buying it or they wouldn’t be using up the shelf space with it. Our culture seems addicted to it.


  8. allisonmohr says:

    You’re so right about the waste. Last year we gave each other socks for Christmas and they were perfect gifts. Since we sold the house and moved into the RV full time, our relationship to stuff and shopping has completely changed. We don’t need anything, and if we do, something must go out before something can come in. It is very liberating.


    • Bill says:

      I used to stress over Christmas presents, even when I only had to buy one. I was one of those panic-stricken men in the mall on Christmas Eve with no idea what I should buy. But neither Cherie or I care for “stuff” so we decided to stop swapping gifts early in our marriage. What a relief that was. Later we told our families that we really didn’t need or want anything, and asked them to please not buy gifts for us. It didn’t seem to go over very well but eventually they adjusted to it.

      I admire the way y’all are living. That may be our life someday too, at least for a while.


  9. Marianna says:

    There are several houses in my neighborhood that already have Christmas lights and those ticky tacky inflatables covering their yard! As for there being no money in Thanksgiving….you really don’t get out much. They now sell inflatable turkeys and pilgrims and any manner of turkey themed bric a brac.

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    • nebraskadave says:

      Hmmmm, apparently, I don’t get out much either. I haven’t seen any blowups in my neighborhood celebrating Thanksgiving.


    • Bill says:

      I saw some of those this weekend too. Crazy. I think the worst I’ve seen was a blow up Nativity scene that included Frosty the Snowman. The Santa helicopter is pretty popular around here too.

      I’ve seen some tacky Thanksgiving decorations, but that holiday just doesn’t have the consumerist potential of Christmas, which supplies a seemingly endless list of reasons to waste money.


  10. Dearest Bill,
    Indeed Good Grief! It turns me off in a big way… but guess we can’t win.
    Even though I got you on my side line, I miss some of your posts.
    Got way behind reading due to us driving back and forth the hour long ride to the hospital for visiting our best friend who needed unexpectedly open heart surgery due to blockages. He is recovering from his quadruple bypass and it will be a long road back to full recovery. We have experience as Pieter went that road just five years ago.
    We have to count our blessings as good health is the most precious GIFT and one cannot buy it!


    • Bill says:

      I fully agree with you about the importance of taking care of our health. We beat that drum constantly.

      It seems Pieter has (thankfully) recovered well. I hope your friend has a full and speedy recovery.

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  11. EllaDee says:

    It’s not called the silly season for nothing. Today it was announced “Legislation was passed overnight allowing NSW businesses to open on Boxing Day if they choose.
    The changes were triggered by an outcry from western Sydney retailers and regional residents who wanted the same shopping options as people who live in the city and the eastern suburbs. Boxing Day was previously a restricted shop trading day in NSW which meant that only exempt stores or those within certain local government areas or the Sydney Trading Precinct were allowed to operate.”
    We’re assured no-one will be forced to work on Boxing Day… yeah right. I believe in Santa Claus too…
    Personally, I was amused by myself, making my festive season purchases before the advertising prompts & deals hit my in box and the shops, circumventing the system πŸ™‚


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