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Temporal displacement [Aug. 15th, 2005|02:15 pm]
I remember once being on holiday in Brittany in August. Residents and visitors alike seemed to have made for the coast, and the inland towns were sleepy in the hot sun. There was a pleasant sense of having the place to yourself. It didn't seem possible that things could be any quieter; but I hadn't reckoned with the Feast of the Assumption, the mid-August bank holiday, the quinze août. The sun blazed down, the shadowless streets were deserted but the cafés were shut.

Since then, I've always thought of mid-August as the dead centre of the summer.

I only mention this because today is August 15th, and the first of the Christmas catalogues has arrived (thank you Diabetes UK).

[User Picture]From: sekhmets_song
2005-08-15 11:34 pm (UTC)
We have this really annoying Rockettes Christmas thing come to town every Christmas (running from our Thanksgiving holiday all the way through New Year's; they call it a "limited engagement." Ha!). The TV ads for it are so annoying they do make one consider throwing heavy objects at the television.
The ads showed started running one full month ago.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2005-08-16 11:11 am (UTC)
I'm really confused by the US attitude to Christmas. Anyone would think that you didn't take it seriously, because:

  • It's the festival that dare not speak its name. Speakers of British English tend to be very confused by the US expression "the Holidays" - holidays is the summer, going to the seaside with your bucket and spade...

  • Most people find once a year is often enough for the big family dinner with turkey and all the trimmings - yet you do it twice with in a month.

And then, when I think I've understood that Christmas is just another holiday, and that you do the big Thanksgiving thing instead , you come up with something as full-on Christmas as this...
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