If your happy place is the twinkling lights of Christmas AND purple goblins, then you are in luck, because you live in the land of decoration and caffeine overload. You can now buy black spiders and sweetly swaddled babies on the same end cap. There will be a cold energy drink waiting for you at the checkout. What a great country we live in.
Some conspiracy theorists would suggest this OCD (Obsessive Celebration Decorating) is the drug company’s way of making us sick by funding high-caloric holidays. However, the more clear-thinking citizens, such as myself, know the drug companies aren’t interested in decorations. They are plenty busy maximizing their advertising revenue by resolving ED (energy dysfunction) and selling energy drinks. This latest campaign has been so successful, I have high school students who wander in to a 9:00 a.m. class chugging their third or fourth caffeine, sugar-spiked drink
But right now, I don’t want to talk about OCD or ED or Type 2 diabetes. I want to be happy. Strike up the “BOOOO” and “HO HO HO” combination.
Merchants have created an incredible, visual feast which intertwines a celebration of fear, darkness, death and mayhem with a celebration of love, kindness, joy, and Christ’s salvation.
In one particularly brilliant display, I saw a pumpkin-hold Minion from Despicable Me and a snowman both artfully arranged amongst pumpkins and holly.
I must admit, I do sometimes feel a bit of energy dysfunction creeping in when obsessive decorating strikes, so I’m grateful there is one-stop shopping for two holidays. What would be even nicer is if someone could create a transformer that was a purple goblin in October and then morphed into a Santa with eight tiny reindeer by the time the lesser known holiday of Thanksgiving had rolled around.
But until we get transforming decorations that even Tim Burton would be proud of, at least we have medication for our OCD, ED, and inevitable diabetes.