Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Already Bogged Down on Christmas

Am I the only person who noticed the Christmas products in all the major stores BEFORE October 31st?!  I was only a little bit shocked.  I mean, I know Christmas is kind of a big deal to a huge majority of the population, but this is just ridiculous.  The pressure to consume this holiday season is intense.  Christmas decorations in October?!

Really? Has it come to this?

I don't understand. There are so many holidays between October and December. There was Yom Kippur and Sukkot at the beginning of October (and Rosh Hashanah at the end of September), Diwali and Samhain at the end of October, All Saints and All Souls day, Dia De Los Muertos, Thanksgiving and a whole slew of others in November, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, St. Nickolas Day, a whole bunch of other ones I either don't know or can't remember.  And yet everyone is all gaga-freak-show over Christmas.  And not even religious Christmas, oh no.  I'm talking secular Christmas. Am I seeing nativity scenes dominating the market this year? No. I'm seeing red white and green dresses on barbies, hundreds of fake trees, NFL themed ornaments, and a bazillion jolly santas holding coca-cola bottles.  Because Christmas isn't about the birth of Jesus anymore, it's about consumerism.  It's about spending hundreds of dollars on decorations every year to impress the neighbors. It's about showering little kids with presents from a fat guy who breaks into your house once a year. It's about who buys the most expensive gift, and who receives the most stuff.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The General Strike

Yes, it's been awhile!  I've gotta be honest, my blog took a back seat in the last days before Halloween.  There was so much to do!  We had to finish cleaning the house, make a definitive plan for the feast menu, clean more, work a million hours in Berkeley, and did I mention that I had a midterm on the 31st? A MIDTERM. Because my professors don't know a holiday when they see it.  Had I not had a midterm, I would've most certainly skipped class and celebrated the hell out of Halloween, but alas, I had massive cramming to do that morning in preparation for the exam from Hell.

So yes, All Hallows Eve was a success, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself despite the academic setbacks.  It was a great Monday.

And then on Wednesday, I spent eight hours in downtown Oakland, protesting and marching for the General Strike for Occupy Oakland. I had meant to post this immediately following the strike, but I was bombarded with essays and homework, and so I saved it as a draft until now.  Many things have transpired since I wrote this (November 5th), so keep that in mind as you read it. Here it is: