Tomorrow is Halloween. Even if I did not have a calendar I would realize the time of year. Of course, there are the beautiful leaves on the ground, the smell of the autumnal air, the crisp air which necessitates the need for a sweater. I truly love this time of year. Then again, I can't think of a time of year I really dislike.
I would also know that it was halloween simply by the plethora of pumpkins, halloween decorations, and commercials. It sometimes astonishes me that holidays have become so commercialized. I remember being a child and dressing up in costumes which were either sewn by my mother or created with clothing or items which we had in the house. Decorations were never the plastic mass produced items. We had "cobwebs" created out of lengthened cotton balls, etc. Now stores are filled with plastic doo-dads which we "need" for the holiday. Halloween is not the only holiday -- every holiday is focused on stuff. Thanksgiving is more than turkey and family, Christmas decorations and ads start in October or September, Valentines day is a huge purchasing event. Every holiday has a focus on consumerism rather than the focus on sharing an experience with friends and family.
Can we take back our holidays? Take them back from corporations by not particiapting in the consumer culture. This holiday season I plan on:
- 100-mile thanksgiving
- a buy nothing christmas
Once I find out how many I am cooking for I will post menus. I will also post our gift ideas as we make decisions.
Anyone else want to take our holidays back from coporations/consumerism?