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Only Seventeen More Shopping Days 'til Beethoven's Birthday

So. Your Humble Blogger is forty years old. Y’all know what that’s like, right? Born at the end of the sixties, a boy of the seventies, eighties teenager. A different world from now.

And I grew up without Christmas, not being Christian, so my perception of things is very different, I expect, but it seems to me that when I was a kid, Thanksgiving and Christmas were in different seasons. Thanksgiving was the last of the Autumn holidays; Christmas was the first Winter holiday. It’s true that Christmas shopping started the day after Thanksgiving—Santa Claus arrived at the end of the Macy’s Day parade, of course, and the next day in our shopping malls. So I am probably exaggerating things in my memory. Still, that’s how I remember them: there was a Thanksgiving time, and then a Christmas time.

Also, I think I went to school on the day after Thanksgiving, at least some years. I could be wrong. I don’t remember planning or doing anything for that day, or shopping for that matter, as a kid. But then, would I remember anything like that? I don’t know. But I don’t.

I also don’t really know what it’s like to be a kid these days, see above. But it seems to me that it must be hard for a kid, a ten-year-old or an eight-year-old, to have this great big four-day-weekend for Thanksgiving, already half a month into the Christmas season, and then go back to school on Monday and realize that there are four more weeks of school, no breaks or holidays, and no presents, either. It must be a very long month.

Of course, Hanukkah is early this year, so our kids have that to look forward to. But not all the kids get to light candles and eat chocolate coins to make the time go by.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,


Happy Birthday!!!

On the other hand, when I was a kid, we did not have dark chocolate gelt, only milk chocolate.So things do change for the better.

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