Publisher’s Notes

Christmas decorations have already been spotted in our favorite stores, and
as I write this, it’s only the last week of September! Probably by the time
you are reading my notes, Holiday stuff will be everywhere! How strange it
seems that by October 1st, Halloween merchandise has taken a back seat to
I may be dating myself here, but I can remember when I was a kid, that the
Christmas Season began on the day after Thanksgiving. My family would
load us up in the car, and we would visit our Grants, Mccrory’s, and Sears
department stores in Melbourne. It was there that we would discover the
newest and greatest toys and decorations available for the upcoming season.
In Sears, they would set up a whole section of toys and would allow children
to play with most of them. That is how we got ready to start creating our
Christmas lists, and it marked the beginning of the “begging process” with
our parents.
Commercialism of the Holidays has certainly grown over the past several
decades. I find myself missing that excitement we felt all those years ago,
knowing that the day after Thanksgiving was the day when the Christmas
season came alive. What we had then were visits to our local department
stores, black and white TVs, and the huge Sears catalogs!
In order to keep up with the hustle and bustle, my wife and I usually begin
the process of gathering gift cards in October for our kids and grandchildren,
along with other assorted special gifts. It seems like life nowadays moves
forward at a very busy pace, so we find ourselves doing our best to stay on
top of things.
You may remember most department stores were closed on Sundays
back in the day. I think there is something to be said about that.
May you enjoy your October issue of Spotlight Magazine, as well as the
cooler weather that will hopefully be heading our way this month!Until next month,


Bryan McDonough

Publisher, Spotlight Magazine Inc.