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November 15, 2013

VINCENT DAVIS: Already behind on Christmas? It's OK!

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Some of you may have noticed that two Fridays ago my writing was conspicuously absent from the paper. No doubt that disrupted the flow of your week and threw your entire life into turmoil, so I feel I owe you an explanation.

I couldn’t find time to write because I was taking advantage of Halloween sales so I could finish my Christmas shopping in a timely manner.

What’s that? You haven’t even started your Christmas list?

Then I’ll tell you what I think we all already know: With only 39 shopping days until Christmas, you’re really behind the eight ball!

Microsoft Word has written about the creeping expansion of the Christmas season, so none of us should have been surprised. But still, even I, who started my Christmas 2013 plan of attack Dec. 27, 2012, was a little caught off guard by how early things started this year.

The “Christmas season” used to start at Thanksgiving. A few years ago it cannibalized Halloween, which means in 2013, you should realistically start getting into the spirit of the season around June. 

Had you done so, you would have had a chance to get in on the pre-orders for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. As it stands now, you’ll need $4,000 and fast EBay reflexes to even have a chance of putting one of those under the tree.

Those of you who are finding yourselves behind the metaphorical eight ball, do not despair. Finding yourself so far behind that there’s almost no point in trying at all can be oddly freeing.

Think about it. Daniel Radcliffe had already saved Hogwarts as Harry Potter before he could shave. The guys who started Instagram were done with most of the hard work at an age when most of us weren’t even done explaining to our parents that we needed to take a year to find ourselves before joining corporate America. Corey Feldman had already played the voice of Donatello in the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie when he was 18.

That’s right, most of us have missed our chance to be as “good” as Corey Feldman. But still, we wake up every day feeling great, never knowing the pressure to surpass past success like the great Corey Feldman.

Maybe this year you can take Christmas off. Holiday made-for-TV movies are always trying to show us that the real enjoyment of Christmas comes from giving, not receiving. This year you should really take that message to heart and let your friends and family know that you’re giving them all the “spirit of giving” by not getting them anything in return. 

There’s always the option to take a more confrontational approach. You could say you’re abstaining from the holidays this year because they’ve become “so corporate, man.”

Or just maybe you can sit down with your Christmas list, take a deep breath and realize that 39 days is still a solid amount of time, especially with Black Friday sales starting at noon the Thursday before.

You can take solace knowing that, years from now, your children will remember ripping open packages in their pajamas, even if they don’t recall what was in them. When it comes to parents, kids, know that a picture of an animal you drew by tracing your hand is a timeless gift no matter the season or your age.

And remember: There are only 105 days until spring break season gets under way. Your beach body workout program should have already started.

Vincent Davis II is a Cornell graduate, DJ, and market development specialist in the IT industry. He can be contacted at vincedavis06@gmail.com.

Vincent Davis II is a Cornell graduate, DJ, and market development specialist in the IT industry. He can be contacted at vincedavis06@gmail.com.