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Fall, time to get busy before the Holidays Hit!

by | Nov 15, 2011

As we bring to a close the third quarter of our very successful fifteenth year at Snowbound Software, autumn is in the air here in New England. And as the days become visibly shorter, the nights cooler and the foliage departs until spring, we realize that the holidays are right around the corner – time to get busy before they hit again! From me to you – a few random musings – coupled with some reflections on the past year…

Is it just me, or do the retail holiday decorations begin earlier every year? Seems like in a not-too-distant summer season, we might just see a combination Fourth of July/Halloween/Thanksgiving/Chanukah/Kwanzaa/Christmas sale coming to retailers near you! Now that would be an impressive display…maybe Frosty with a pumpkin head wearing a dashiki, carrying a menorah in one snowy hand and a bible in the other, with Rudolph (think reindeer, not Valentino) by his side – on their way to a turkey dinner with Kris Kringle and the Easter Bunny! Hey – I think we’ve got the makings for a new television special here – someone get Rankin-Bass Productions on the phone…

Okay, so 2011 has been an intriguing year to say the least. The economic recovery has been slower than expected – although Snowbound has continued to do very well developing and distributing its document viewing and image converting applications and SDKs. Seems like the mood of the country is one of hesitant expectation and anxious unease – but this too shall pass! Things seem to run in cycles, so we ride this wave of uncertainty out, and the next uptick is just around the corner…right?!?!

Getting back to the autumnal equinox, which is, of course, associated with the transition from the warmth of summer to the cold of winter, and here in the Northeast – harvest time. The farmer’s markets and roadside stands this year were a veritable cornucopia of the bounty from the orchards, gardens and fields. And the annual ‘leaf peepers’ have passed through –  traveling with no destination in mind at a top speed of 20 miles per hour – much to the chagrin of those of us actually trying to get anywhere in a timely manner.

Traditionally, autumn is also associated with a great many American traditions, pastimes and annual rites. The start of the new school year also signals the beginning of the football, basketball and hockey seasons as well as baseball’s postseason. In literature, fall is associated with reflection and introspection as winter approaches and people turn inward both physically and mentally. In the entertainment world, the new television season begins, movies gear up for holiday releases, and the arts begin their seasons for stage, dance and musical productions.

So sit back, relax and enjoy the season. But remember – there are only a few weeks left to shop before the holidays!