Ahhh, the holiday season is upon us! I noticed this a couple weeks ago when stores, eager to take advantage of the mild economic recovery, began putting up Christmas decorations—before Halloween! Memo to store owners: putting up your Christmas junk that early doesn’t make me want to buy stuff, it just annoys me. I imagine I’m not the only one who feels this way. Each year the shopping season gets earlier and earlier. Will there soon be Columbus Day Christmas sales? How about Labor Day? We could just make Christmas a year-round holiday. What do you think about making red and green our national colors and the Visa card our national symbol? Ugh.
I’m not big fan of the holiday season to begin with, but I usually spend my time writing about other things. So what prompted all of this ranting? Well, we got the new Bed Bath & Beyond catalog in the mail today. Judging by the looks of things, Americans’ Christmases will once again be filled with lots of useless items that people don’t need. It appears our addiction to cheap imports is not waning. Here are a few of the things that, according to the BB&B marketers, you just MUST have.