12 days before christmas

December 13, 2010 at 1:00 am 4 comments

charlie brown charles schulz

i know the holiday season is upon us when the local sunday newspaper becomes so heavy with ad inserts that you’ll need proper lifting and bending techniques to pick up your copy from the newsstand. in a way, your effort is rewarded even if you suffer back pains in the process. the ads distract you from reading the news, which are oftentimes bad, and thereby help you maintain your positive outlook in life.

the ads are professionally done. they are usually in color and designed to appeal to the senses, especially those coming from macy’s and the likes. they smell good and often feature models hawking underwears. the talibans would find them offensive, but the advertisers and the intended audience don’t care. not yet, anyway. the ads are purported to contain hidden messages, too. you have to watch out whenever you see the words such as ‘sale’, ‘50% off’, ‘good for 1 day only’, etc. they are meant to entice you to go shopping online or to the malls at once.

the local newspaper started gaining extra pounds on thanksgiving day in preparation for black friday, the day after thanksgiving, which is considered to be the biggest shopping day of the year. on that day, like in previous years, many stores opened as early as 4 a.m. offering a limited number of sharply discounted popular items like a 40-inch lcd hdtv for $399.

but black friday had come and gone, and i haven’t made a single purchase. it seems like the shopping bug hasn’t hit me yet. what happened to the guy who used to love to shop? doesn’t his nephews think he gives the best gifts? doesn’t he also realize he’s running out of underwears? i’m now wondering whether the hidden messages presumably planted by advertisers in their ads really exist. if they do exist, and i remain unaffected, does it mean i’m no longer normal?

since christmas is still a ways to go (12 days, to be exact), i have plenty of time to read more ad inserts from my favorite newspaper. hopefully, i’d be brainwashed and become part of the shopping crowd soon. i’m ready. i’ve got this shiny credit card itching to be free.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sub  |  December 15, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    hahaha! go convince yourself 😛

    happy Christmas, blog-buddy!

    • 2. plaridel  |  December 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm


      rain or shine, all shopping will be done this weekend. happy holidays! 🙂

  • 3. emilayskie  |  December 19, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Hahaha.. Nice post Mr. Plaridel! How did your shopping go? Do you have anything for me? Hehe..

    I miss reading your posts sir. I’m trying to get back to this blog world again. Thanks for dropping by as well while I’ve been busy.

    • 4. plaridel  |  December 19, 2010 at 10:41 pm


      one more to go, and i can start worrying what i should buy for myself. 🙂

      happy holidays to you and your family.


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