The other lady nodded her head politely in agreement....but said nothing.
Then Mrs. Grinch walked off
"STUPID JC PENNEYS!"
She said this so loud that heads turned all around her to see who was yelling. And for a second she made eye contact with me. I scattered fast before she heard the Christmas music being piped in over the speakers and went postal.
I was proud of my impulse control because what I wanted to say to her was "STUPID YOU." Because lady, it's not just JCPenney. It's retail. And it happened about a month ago, so get over it. And if it makes you that angry, you need to stay home. I felt like she might see the glitter stuck to my face and realize I've been decorating, too. Because I have.
I'm not saying it doesn't feel like the rush is on. But the rush is on. Try hard to not be a Mrs. Grinch. There are far worse things in this cold, cruel world than to see Christmas decorations up in November.
The real problem is our calendar. It had to be a man that made the decision to have Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas fall within 55 days of each other in a year that holds 365 days.