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October 19th, 2001

Christmas in October

I always thought the whole “they have Christmas decorations up at Halloween!” was a gross exaggeration that people would use to discuss how early department stores put out holiday-related items. By mid-November I would expect to see certain limited Christmas items on sale, but those people that said it was up before Halloween were crazy…

… or not. I couldn’t believe that I walked into a department store the first week of October and saw Christmas trees and decorations up. What the heck is this about? While having bathing suits on sale a few months before summer makes a little sense, I simply cannot see the rationale behind advertising a holiday that is not only more than two months away, but has two major holidays before it! As far as I’m concerned, the whole “get your Christmas shopping done early!” gimmick shouldn’t even be uttered until after Halloween and decorations should be disallowed (by law!) until late November. If Santa Claus is in the Macy’s parade, then decorations can go up in Macy’s.

Man… I’m turning into one of those whiny old men… -ram

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DATE: Friday October 19, 2001 -- 9:01:04AM
Ya didn't have far to go, buddy...

FROM: MollyCule
DATE: Monday October 22, 2001 -- 7:42:43PM
I work at a Suncoast - we sell movies. Mostly to idiots, but I digress. For the holiday season, we put up some shelves of Christmas only movies, pretty much what you would expect. The time that these go up is the week before Halloween, and would you like to know the rationale behind this? Well, it's simply a matter of being much too damn busy during the actual holiday shopping season to do it. You might think, well, the Christmas shoppers probably don't start until closer to Thanksgiving, but alas, this is wrong. It's October 22nd today, and I had two people come in today who did all of their shopping in out store. One woman spent over $200. They seem to start earlier and earlier every year, and of course, Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving) is always nervous breakdown inducing.

FROM: Caitlin
DATE: Friday December 6, 2002 -- 10:56:04 am
I totally agree. Christmas decorations go up WAY too early.

Paul October 16, 2007, 2:25 am

This is pretty much crazy now.

All of our local Targets rolled out their Halloween stuff AND Christmas stuff SIMULTANEOUSLY. WTF? Holiday lights in one aisle, bags o’candy in the next. Makes no sense.

And, a Bath and Body Works nearby is already decked out for Christmas. That happened last week. Second week of October.

Can we just make it happen after Labor Day? Please?

jk October 17, 2007, 2:33 pm

Oh yes, BBW calls it their Falliday Floorset. I am sure they worked overnight Sunday to get it done…

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