I heard my first Christmas song in a TV ad this evening, and it took me aback a little bit.
Now I love Christmas, and everything about Christmas. I love Christmas songs, Christmas cookies, Christmas parties, and I like wearing my Santa cap when I go to the Christmas parties. Heck, I like Christmas so much, I even wear the cap around the house. I love Christmas spirit, and I love all the Christmas movies. I'm always sad to see Christmas end. I am all for the 12 days of Christmas.
But I remember being at a supermarket checkout stand last year after Halloween, and hearing some Christmas music. I remember the effect it had on the checkout woman. She was going on to everyone how depressing it was to think of the Holidays that early, and then she went on to reveal that she really didn't like the Holidays at all. By the time it was my turn to check out, she had worked herself up into a state of some miserable angry depression. I felt bad for her. I just wanted to pay and get out of there.
So tonight when I heard this Christmas song, I felt a little spark of joy ignite in me, until I thought of the checkout lady. Now if I can only remember which store it was so I can avoid running into her this season!