October 2023



A h, October—the month of crispy leaves, pumpkin patches, and Halloween costumes. It’s a time for spooky tales and candy-induced sugar comas. Or at least, that’s what it’s supposed to be. But apparently, someone forgot to inform the universe that October is not just the runway for December’s holiday extravaganza. Let’s take a moment to collectively raise our eyebrows at the speed with which people shift from Halloween to Christmas these days. It’s like sprinting from your first bite of turkey to setting up Santa’s sleigh in the blink of an eye. Honestly, the holiday rush these days makes The Flash look like he’s moving at a snail’s pace. Picture this: you’re still trying to perfect your werewolf costume, and there’s already a full-fledged winter wonderland of twinkling lights and snowflakes displayed in every store window. I mean, come on, can’t we give Halloween its five minutes of fame before the tinsel brigade takes over?

Sure, marketing teams are sprinting to stay ahead, but I’ve got to hand it to them for their impressive feat of juggling jack-o’-lanterns and gingerbread houses simultaneously. Speaking of juggling, let’s take my friend Brittney Quinn, for example. I’m convinced she’s the real-life embodiment of the saying “burning the candle at both ends.” Brittney’s fall candles are aglow by August while the temperatures are still above 100 degrees, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she already has a Christmas tree ready to roll out before the first leaf hits the ground in October. Now, don’t get me wrong. I have the utmost respect for those who adore fall candles and mugs of pumpkin-spiced everything. In fact, I’m pretty sure there’s a pumpkin-flavored pencil on my desk as we speak. And Christmas is always one of my favorite times of the year. But here’s the thing: while we’re rushing to welcome the festive decorations of the next holiday, are we missing out on the brief moments that make each holiday special in its own right?



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