Complaints about stores and their schedule of displaying/selling holiday items are pretty much a cliche at this point. So I never really thought I would add to the chorus...but I will, since I feel mildly inconvenienced by it right now.
I've been seeing cute little pumpkins for sale for weeks. Every week, I've been tempted to buy one, but I haven't because there is no shortage of clutter in my apartment, and I didn't have a good enough reason to justify buying one. But then I decided that one of those pumpkins would be a cool addition to a fall-themed activity I was planning for one of my clients. I decided to buy one today.
Except that there were none to be found in my supermarket. In fact, all traces of Halloween had vanished, replaced with a mix of Thanksgiving and Christmas stuff. It never occurred to me that all the pumpkins would be gone, since (a) Halloween was less than a week ago, and (b)I thought people who liked table centerpieces would want cute little pumpkins for their Thanksgiving decorating.
Well, lesson learned. My client will have to see a line drawing of a pumpkin, and in the future, I'll recognize little pumpkins as the precious, fleeting commodity that they are.