On the Holiday Shopping Season 2012

I grew up with a commercial like that one. For me, the official start of the holiday season was seeing Santa on a Norelco. Fortunately, the glories of YouTube now allows me to relive that tradition!

Hope everyone had a bountiful Thanksgiving. For my international audience, that means we ate enough to cover your share as well.

For some, Thanksgiving also means Black Friday, thus the race to the stores for holiday shopping. Interestingly, give thanks for what you have on one day, and less than 24 hours later – race, push, and do what you must to get more. Ah yes – very American. However, I stay away from a major shopping area on this days!

The holiday season brings a certain level of craziness. No matter what one says after the previous year, events as the shopping rush, holiday parties, musical events, visiting lights, baking, and whatever sends many into a frenzy.

For me, this song captures the mood – both the festiveness and the frenzy of the season. Ladies and Gentleman, another A Frank Angle holiday tradition, the fast-paced Wizards in Winter by the outstanding Raleigh Ringers. The ringers on the left side wearing me out just watching them. Enjoy!

63 thoughts on “On the Holiday Shopping Season 2012

  1. The music would be a perfect accompaniment to the craziness that bargain hunting induces. I can imagine an animated clip married to this music. Enjoy your day away from the shopping malls.

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  2. Glad you ate enough for me also. I ate light this year and avoided the glut. It felt good. I’ve also vowed to never again take part in the holiday consumerist cult of the shopocalypse this weekend. Staying away from ALL retail establishments. I’m looking forward to a long peaceful shopping-free weekend. And I wish the same for you. πŸ™‚

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    • Mobius,
      Love your term – “shopocalypse” … awesome. Well said about shopping-free and avoiding shopping heavy areas, which I have been able to do so far! … BTW, just returned from not too far north of you. Thanks for commenting.

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  3. Love the Ringers! Thanks for them, they are wonderful. I too remember the Norelco Santa, those were great commercials.

    I refuse to participate in the craziness of Black Friday. Far to many people acting like, well just acting badly. I am so thankful my kids and I exchange Amazon gift lists, we can shop without ever leaving the house. We also limit costs (except for grandbabies).

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  4. You’re a gem Frank! Always right on target…”give thanks for what you have on one day, and less than 24 hours later – race, push, and do what you must to get more”…so true. Love the trip down memory lane and really love the ringers. Buckle up for the season, here we go!

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  5. I actually saw a remake of that Norelco commercial for their new “3-D” razor (however you make a razor 3-D). And of course, they’ve started playing the “handbell Hershey’s Kiss” commercial, so I bet that gives you a chuckle! πŸ˜€
    We avoided the over-eating, but not, sadly, the Black Friday madness. My wife is playing proctologist today – she’s up to her elbow in … well, buttholes! πŸ˜‰
    Have a good Friday, and enjoy the weekend – and stay warm!

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  6. I grew up with that Norelco commercial too. They did pull it out of mothballs every year, didn’t they. It was a sign of Christmas, and a signal that I’d be sledding soon, too. A great signal for kids. Thanks for bringing it back!

    Hope you had a nice holiday. I’m avoiding Black Friday, too. I wouldn’t anyway, but I was chief cook yesterday and chief baker the day before. I am warming the seat cushions today!

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    • Elyse,
      Santa on the Norelco was a holiday stable in the 1960s … and then gone. They actually revived it (for a year) in recent years – but hey, it was probably for those of us who remembered because others wouldn’t appreciate it. Meanwhile, hope you got to use the PETA-approved Turkeys headline from The Onion on your relative. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. The Norelco commercial was a part of my childhood, too,and still makes an appearance, even though we never have a bit of snow. I never saw a sled or toboggan or any snow-related equipment in my childhood! LOL! And I love the Raleigh Ringers. Did you ever have the opportunity to see them perform? I’m sure the holidays will have many levels of craziness. I vow each year to cut something from the mix, but somehow my family is so large it all takes on a life of its own. I carry the “peace” in my mind…and hope it translates to my outward appearance! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the good start to what is going to be a very full month for all of us!

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    • Debra,
      Glad Santa on the Norelco brought a smile. Because they tour, I occasionally check the Raleigh Ringers schedule to see if they are going to be in the relative area … thus I hope to see them someday. Meanwhile, good luck with maintaining your peace of mind! Thanks for visiting and sharing!

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  8. Not a big fan of Christmas … and this year I will work in a soup kitchen on Christmas Eve – that is when we celebrate Christmas, 24th. When Santa knocks on every door and hand out the gifts in person.
    But I buy a few presents – and I buy them when I see something that my friends will like and appricate.

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  9. Wooo, the Raleigh Ringers! That’s an amazingly complex piece for them to do. I like the Trans-Siberian Orchestra version of this but I think I like this one even better. The guys on the left are getting a great workout, aren’t they. I remember that Norelco ad too. Bless the Internet for keeping all our old Christmas commercials safe. Hope your Turkey Day was good, Frank!

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    • Weebs,
      Glad I’ve discovered that you are a handbell fan. I was stunned the first time I was this video … especially watching the players on the left! WOW!!!! We traveled cross-state on Thursday and returned Saturday afternoon from a good visit. Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, but I guess I did eat too much. It was all too tempting, but my visit to the gym this morning, salved my conscience. πŸ™‚ I kept well away from the shops today. Loved The Raleigh Ringers. πŸ™‚

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    • ACW,
      Welcome first-time commenter. Glad you remembered this commercial. Although I’ve got a year on you, glad to know that we went to different high schools together. Hope you find that Perfect Christmas! … and hope you visit here again.

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  11. Years ago I stopped spending money I don’t have to buy gifts for people who neither want or need them. Even when I did participate, I never was much of a consumer, nor would I ever consider standing in line to buy something. Shopping is just SO not my thing.

    I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Frank!

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  12. Frank, wonderful bell piece – very exciting! I too avoid the “black Friday” craziness – I no longer have much interest in acquiring “things” so Christmas in our house tends to focus on time with friends and family, lots of music, and quiet moments in front of the fireplace. The dog gets all of the “presents” which she enjoys immensely while amusing us. On the Norelco commercial – life was slower then and so were the commercials πŸ™‚

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    • Lynn,
      Glad you appreciated the bell piece … simply one of my favorites! Glad your dog gets to be the center of attention while providing many smiling opportunities. Cheers to staying away from the shopping craziness! Thanks for visiting.

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  13. i remember that very same commercial and always looked forward to seeing it almost as much as the classic holiday shows like “rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.” thanks for finding it.

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  14. Wow. I can’t believe you found that commercial. Gotta love youtube. I made the mistake of going out at 11 AM on Black Friday. I walked the door of one store – got completely overwhelmed – and walked out and drove straight home with a bunch of maniacs trying to kill each other on the road. I have 2 gifts to buy – and will buy them online. I don’t know what I was thinking πŸ™‚ Anyway, I hope you had a great holiday too! Thanks for the wine. Cheers.

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  15. Same for me. I liked the Noelco. Wish I could find an electric that I like. The razor blade monopolists are charging an arm and leg because I think there are only two companies left.

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    • Randel,
      Cheers to another who enjoys the old Norelco commercial. Meanwhile, the prices of electric shavers today are shocking! … and even then, are they worth the price. Then again, blades aren’t cheap either. Thanks for stopping by.

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  16. I do my best to avoid the frenzied crowds as well. It’s worth an upcharge to me not to have to deal with the chaos.

    Our daughter was in a bell choir in grade school. I loved hearing listening to them.

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