I love Christmas music.
Just not ubiquitous Christmas music. In November.
It's just too soon. Christmas music before Thanksgiving gives me the same feeling as Christmas decorations in the stores before Halloween. "Hurry up and buy! While supplies last! Our bottom line depends on you!" And, oh yeah. 'Tis the season.
A friend of mine who works at Starbucks expressed frustration early last week when the Christmas display the staff had worked hard to create received less-than-stellar reviews from early morning customers. Some people had, in fact, been downright rude. It seems that they'd forgotten that the same person who had served them their coffee with a smile, who might even have remembered both their name and their order if the naysayer was a regular customer, might have had a hand in creating that display - might in fact, have even taken pride in the decor they were disparaging.
Like me, those people probably meant no ill-will. And while there's no excuse for being rude to the kind soul handing you your morning caffeine fix, feeling the seasons rushing by you as you're rushing through your morning routine can leave a person feeling a little grouchy.
So, all I ask (as I sit at the Starbucks where they know my order before I place it - and where the hustle and bustle behind the counter is currently overriding the music) is this:
Could you please wait until after Thanksgiving? I'd like the opportunity to savor one holiday before being thrust into another. For my part, I promise to remember that the decorations are a corporate edict, and not to complain to you about them, or to otherwise disparage your hard work.
Seems like a fair deal, don't you think?