#MFRWauthor ~ Let’s Just Get Through Halloween, Mmkay? (@KA_Raines)

MFRW’s Week 41 Blog Prompt: “Pre-Christmas Catalogue Blizzard. Hate them or love them?”

Okay, I’ll admit it. I wasn’t 100% certain to what, exactly, this topic was referring. It’s the word “blizzard” that threw me. I’m guessing we’re not talking about a literal blizzard, since a Christmas Catalogue blizzard seems like the stuff of nightmares (not to mention paper cuts). Therefore, “blizzard” used in this context must mean some sort of pre-Christmas catalogue frenzy. I’m suddenly picturing ugly-Christmas sweater-donned Stepford wives ordering truffles and fruitcakes in front of tastefully decorated mantles. Their plastered smiles never leave their Barbie-perfect features as they peruse the pages. *shudders*

Ugly-Christmas sweater-donned Stepford wives aside, “pre-Christmas” implies “before Halloween.” I could be wrong here and it means directly after Halloween. However, before I’ve even shelled out the money for over-priced yet shockingly cheap Halloween costumes (quite the conundrum, if I do say so myself), we’re being bombarded by the next big money-making holiday on the very next aisle over. All Hallows’ Eve and the birth of Christ are all the same to retailers, I suppose.

Don’t get me wrong; I love Christmas. I love hot chocolate and Christmas lights and Christmas music and peppermint mocha and…more Christmas lights. But I also enjoy celebrating one holiday at a time. Oh, and I’m pretty sure there’s a holiday involving family and good food somewhere in between Halloween and Christmas (for all of those, like me, living in the US).

Regarding catalogues specifically, I didn’t actually realize anyone ordered from them anymore. Personally, I do all of my shopping online and have for a couple of years now.


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2 thoughts on “#MFRWauthor ~ Let’s Just Get Through Halloween, Mmkay? (@KA_Raines)

  1. fionamcgier October 9, 2020 / 4:54 pm

    (Waves at the woman who she won’t take offense from) Yes, Kari, there are people who still order from catalogs. I will probably do the actual ordering on-line, but with all of the time I spend every day sitting at my computer, the last thing I want to do to “relax” and think of gift-shopping, is sit in front of my computer again! I page through the catalogs at my leisure–leaving them all over the house, everywhere that I might sit down for a minute. That’s how I shop–gradually, over the next few months. I have a big family to shop for, and can’t afford to do it all off one paycheck–especially now, when I can’t do any subbing, so I have no real money coming in my name.

    Husband enjoys Halloween a lot more than me–I just look forward to watching Young Frankenstein every year, after dinner. This year I told him I also want to watch the Matt Smith as Doctor Who vampire episode. I remember that one as being really creepy.

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    • K.A. Raines October 11, 2020 / 4:23 pm

      Ha, I’ve been proven wrong! I get them in the mail but generally disregard them. But I’ll be honest – As a single mom, I haven’t shopped for anyone but kids in YEARS. I usually get my parents a small gift as well as something homemade from my kids, but I don’t expect other adults to buy for me and figure if other adults can’t respect my perpetual single-parent broke-ness they’re missing out on the point of the holiday lol. On another note, I’ve actually already bought my daughter’s Christmas on Amazon via sky miles. CapitalOne’s Venture card allows you to use sky miles on Amazon toward merchandise, which is friggin’ awesome. I pay for everything with my Venture card and pay it off every month so I can reap the benefits.

      I love Young Frankenstein but haven’t watched it in years! I’ll have to revisit that one.

      Thanks for stopping by!



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