As far as I’m concerned, the holiday season begins Thursday. I know, it’s not really a holiday. Nobody even gets a day off.
But it’s a chance to stock up on candy – both for the trick-or-treaters and the leftovers for yourself - and have fun. The hot weather’s over with and the real cold weather usually doesn’t arrive until Nov. 1, not Oct. 31.
The best part of it is there’s no pressure. You can dress up in costume for the whole nine yards, not participate at all or anywhere in between and nobody cares one way or the other.
Less than two months from now, we’ll all be stressing over the Christmas holiday which is rapidly approaching for us all except for the young ‘uns, to whom Santa Claus is stuck in first gear.
We’ll be rushing from mall to mall to online shopping trying to find the perfect gift for it seems like dozens of people. We have memories of perfect Christmases from childhood which weren’t really perfect at all, and are trying to duplicate those experiences for our children and extended families. During the stress-fillled rush, which include gift wrapping [a chore I utterly detest] and cooking [which I’m thankfully excluded from as my wife is an excellent cook], I generally wonder if it’s really all worth it.
With two girls ages 4 and 5, Christmas shopping is fun and relatively easy to buy for them. But if I were king of the universe, I would ban shopping for adults – with some exceptions. And it’s those exceptions which always bring up the blood pressure. What to buy for those grown ups who have everything that can be bought. They’ve already purchased what they want, and if they don’t have it, it’s because they can’t afford it. And you can’t either.
Christmas Day arrives and everything works itself out and more memories are created. The rush is all but forgotten. But still, it would be nice to have a holiday filled with all the fun of the season but without the stress.
Halloween is the answer. You can dress up the kids and let them go collect their goodies [with proper supervision, of course]. If you want to get in the spirit and be in a character you wouldn’t think of the other 364 days of the year, go for it. You have the perfect excuse to hit up your neighbors [costumes are required] and for candy or have a party with friends and family [costumes are optional].
In a few weeks, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving, stuffing our faces and watching football. Except for the cooks, it’s not real stressful either, but it’s a more somber holiday.
Then comes Christmas, then the New Year’s Eve parties and New Year’s Day bowl games.
Suddenly, it’s over. We like a white Christmas, but want spring to arrive by Jan. 2.
Since we don’t live on South Beach, we’ll shiver through the cold, gray days of Jaunary in wait for the newest winter holiday – the Super Bowl, another day in which people don’t get the day off since it’s always on Sunday.
That’s followed by Valentine’s Day, which can be depressing for those without a significant other and…. Ah, that’s too far into the future.
It’s Halloween. In the middle of football season, it’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.
Andy Reed is The Democrat’s sports editor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @wilsoncosports.