How can you stand it, I asked a grocery store staffer. It annoys me, and I only have to be here for a little while.
He shuddered and told me they started three days before Thanksgiving. It's driving him batty.
How can you stand it, I asked the guy at the register as he bagged my groceries.
He tried to stay focused, he said. He just ignored it the best he could, concentrated on what was in front of him.
You'd think, after establishing strict child labor laws and a five-day workweek, unions would be able to ban all-day Christmas music in supermarkets.
I can sort of understand blasting "White Christmas" at customers in other stores. We're potentially buying presents. Maybe the management figures it can whip us into a spending frenzy by reminding us of when we were kids and anxiously awaited Santa's arrival. Or something.
But supermarkets? People buy food because they need food. It's not a seasonal thing. As far as I know, people don't shop for gifts in the frozen aisle.
I can strategically avoid most retail until December 26. I cannot, however, stop eating.
It's going to be a long month.