It is Halloween tonight is it not? Or am I mistaken and thinking this is the anniversary of the failure of the plot by Guy Fawkes to blow up Parliament? (Each year this sets off a wonderful train of thought in my mind. If only....)
The reason I ask is, that apart from Trick or Treaters marauding through the streets, we are also having fireworks shooting up in the night sky. I am expecting someone attired as a witch to knock on the door any minute shouting Trick or Treat and then ask me for a Penny for the Guy, although nowadays if you gave less than a £1 you would be in danger of your life.
Once upon a time these feast/fun days, whatever you like to call them, came round in an ordered procession and you knew where you were. Now these events seem to be spread over weeks and weeks and start earlier and end later. We had our first bonfire party last weekend and will, no doubt, have more over the coming weeks. I was in St Albans earlier in the month and had lunch in a pub which had a full Christmas tree out, complete with tinsel and sparkling lights. Nearly put me off my food. Harrods had its Father Christmas arrive in August, yes August and when I visited my local Marks & Spencer in June I was greeted with their Back to School range of school uniform before the schools had broken up for the summer. Once the January sales are out of the way, Easter Eggs and Hot Cross buns start appearing. I find the whole thing totally disorientating and wonder why it happens.
Perhaps it is because everybody wants everything NOW and cannot wait until the appointed time. I have to say, I am at a loss. Anybody got any ideas?
All this blogging is making me feel a bit peckish so I think I will have a cold turkey and stuffing sandwich before I go to bed...