Sunday, November 7, 2010

Tis the season to be jolly...whether I like it or not.

El Corte Inglés (kind of like a Spanish version of Macy's) says it's time to get ready for Christmas...and if they say it´s time, then it must be time. 
Putting up the Christmas lights at El Corte Inglés

But what if I don't feel like thinking about Christmas yet?

No, I'm not going to.

And I say to you, you people over at El Corte Inglés...you, with your lights at the beginning of November...I refuse to think about Christmas.

That said, I turn on the T.V.

Schwarzenegger.  Good.  I like Schwarzenegger.  Schwarzenegger's not Christmassy.

Hey, wait a minute!  This isn't "I'll be back" Schwarzenegger.  This is Schwarzenegger running all over town on Christmas Eve trying to buy his kid a sold out toy.  It's "Jingle All The Way".  Ugh!  Santas, elves, kids that say only the lame kids don't get whatever toy happens to be all the rage this season...

Help!

I look for a magazine or something to read while my kids watch Swarzeneger's desperate capers.

This is what I see...

Just the first of many that I'll find stuffed in my mailbox in the next few days.
My kids grabbed this one as soon as it arrived.

And they've already marked what they want.  Princess V has even written on the cover:  V=Vio.  The whole catalog is full of "V"s.  And she tells me that Catgirl has marked a few things as well.  Yeah, Catgirl may be fifteen, and too old to ask for candy on Halloween, but she still looks at the toy catalogs.  This year's thing...an electronic keyboard.  Just what we need around here!

 Looks like there's no escape.  Okay, okay, you guys over at El Corte Inglés, you win.  Christmas season is here.

But you still can't make me shop...at least not yet.

14 comments:

  1. it happened here the day after Halloween. Candy and costumes went over to the discount bins, and all the Xmas stuff went up on the shelves. I guess Thanksgiving isn't a big shopping holiday so the retailers decided to skip it altogether.

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  2. They had Christmas stuff up BEFORE Halloween here in California. All the stores are having big sales already, trying to extend the shopping season. I predict that by next year we will go straight from "Back to School" to Christmas and within a few years, we'll just get a few weeks in January off before they start bombarding us with ads for the next Christmas ...

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  3. The ads have nothing on my mom, who starts pestering me for a wish list for my kids at the beginning of October. I had no idea the problem was international!

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  4. I don't think they should be able to cram Christmas down your throat until at least post Thanksgiving. Bastards!
    http://www.ashafullife.blogspot.com

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  5. I'm a sucker for christmas lights so I'm happy. :) my son grabbed out toy book and circled everything! Even a few dolls for me.. so he says. I like the lights on the building. :)

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  6. Es gracioso. Justo he hablado sobre esto en dos blogs hoy. Y es que la gente ya ha comenzado con sus preparativos navideños, que las manualidades, que tejidos, decoración, etc. Ayer fui al centro de Madrid llevando a una visita y ya las luces están colocandas, obviamente apagadas pero ya han comenzado con todo. Parece como que cada vez comienzan antes, y bueno fuera porque de verdad el espíritu de amor y paz nos rodea, nooo, es espíritu comercial y ahora con la crisis cuanta más navidad metas antes más compras.
    ... mejor no digo nada porque yo también ya comencé a pensar en qué voy a poner en el blog (freebies) :D

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  7. Jim: Hey, good to see you! Yeah, it's the same here, but it's worse since the holidays last until the 6th of January. It's not that I don't like Christmas, but it's just too much.

    Bud: You're probably right. And then we'll be thankful that they actually give us a few weeks off before bombarding us again. Scary monsters! :D

    Karen: Well, I guess your mom is probably right about getting the shopping done early, but I just can't get into it that soon. And I guess wherever there's Christmas the stores take advantage to squeeze as much out of the season as possible.

    Asha: But we don't have Thanksgiving here, so that kind of rules that limit out. So, I guess we'll just have to put up with it...either that or become hermits until January.

    Casey: Oh, I like the lights, but by the time Christmas comes around they've been up so long that they just don't even seem special anymore. And since the holidays last until the 6th of January here, that's two whole months of Christmas decoration...kind of crazy.

    giozi: A mi me gusta la Navidad y los adornos y todo eso, pero me parece una locura que el 2 de noviembre las tiendas ya estén llenas de cosas navideñas. Para cuando llega navidad, yo suelo estar ya harta de oír los mismos villancicos una y otra vez y de tanta presión por comprar. Yo me niego a preparar nada hasta después del puente....bueno, el árbol lo pondremos en esos días, pero antes no. Luego ya sí que me entrego al espíritu navideño con abandono. :D Y tengo curiosidad de ver lo que pones en el blog...seguro que será muy creativo.

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  8. Jajajaja. Ahora mismo no tengo ni idea. Haré etiquetas y tarjetitas, pero como ya no tengo punch :(
    jajaja
    Sabes para que el que tengo sólo sirve para poner un precio y con sólo dos dígitos o un nombre cortito. Ay mejor no pienso que me da rabia.
    Por cierto he encontrado dos de tamaño grande. Uno que es de tres tamaños, pero no me queda claro si saldrán los 3 al presionar o hay opción de escoger el tamaño y otro bastante grande, pero en K-mart buaaaa y ellos tampoco venden worldwide, además que uno es carísimo 26 dólares, imagínate más el envío... no se ...
    Vi una máquina que te corta todas las formas, pero es carísima también pero si luego se saca la cuenta cada punch que alguien puede comprar pues sí, sale a cuenta, pero claro, si te dedicas a eso, y como yo lo quiero a nivel personal, para mis chorradas pues ...
    Mira este es el link del caro http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_10104_1990000000400187P?vName=For%20the%20Home&cName=ScrapBooking&sName=Scrapbook%20Tools&sid=KDx20070926x00003c&srccode=cii_13736960&cpncode=00-3484082-2

    abajo verás el de multitag.

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  9. Lo he visto, que guay. Pero mandarlo desde USA puede salir un poco caro me imagino. ¿Has probado buscar en tiendas de manualidades por Madrid? Lo mismo hay suerte. :)

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  10. *fingers in my ears* i can't hear you. i'm not listening to anything about christmas yet.

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  11. mami!!!! of course I want a keyboard! I wanto to learn to play the piano!! but I don't want to go to class....
    C.S.

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  12. Anonymous Catgirl: Well, I hate to disappoint you, but you'll have to find someplace else to practice, because there won't be a keyboard under the tree.

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  13. jopeeeee!!!!!!! but why???? And where else can I practice?? I only know one person who knows how to play the piano but I'm NOT going to ask HIM to teach me.... we don't talk to each other... And I still want the keyboard!!!!!!
    C.S.

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