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October 17th, 2005

How Early is Too Early?

It’s kind of tired to complain about how “there are already Thanksgiving decorations up and it’s not even Halloween!,” but this goes beyond cliches, this goes beyond good taste and what should be considered acceptible for retail.

Three weeks ago, when it was still September, I walked into the local Giant supermarket. At this point, the temperature was still regularly in the upper 80s and fall was not by any means in the air. But that didn’t matter to the folks at Giant because right next to their customer service desk was a giant (har!), perhaps 12 foot tall, blow-up snow globe with Santa Claus inside.

Dude, in late September, Santa hasn’t even started making his presents yet. He and Mrs. Claus are still busy playing “toss the elf into the pile of reindeer poo.”

I don’t mind early Christmas decorations. I’m even fine that once November 1st comes around, break out the Christmas music in Macy’s (but not on the radio). But late September is entirely too early for any kind of allusion to a holiday three months later.

The one exception to this rule is Arbor Day. We can celebrate that any time.

Posted in Consumer Commentary

FROM: Maria
DATE: Monday October 17, 2005 -- 11:27:17 am
Wal-Mart and Costco here in MT have both had those snow globes up since at least September. Wal-Mart had it in with their Halloween decorations.

FROM: Donald Henderson [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday October 17, 2005 -- 3:08:53 pm
Hey, speaking of Xmas and 'if it's too early or too late' here is am mp3 that sums it up pretty dang good.

WARNING: Jews, Christians, Muslims and Satanists may find this TOO WACKY!!!!!!!!!

FROM: Donald Henderson [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday October 17, 2005 -- 3:12:34 pm
Gee, I guess you just need to click on my name to get to the satire song.

Sorry about that, Don

FROM: Bianca Beauchamp
DATE: Sunday November 6, 2005 -- 11:46:04 pm
There are places that sell Xmas decorations year round. Go through some industrial parks, turn a corner, and you might find one of these businesses. Some bars are decorated year round for Christmas. I bet in New Guinea there are cargo cults based on Xmas. Imagine going through the jungle and coming upon a group of aborigines wearing gourds worshipping Santa. The Japanese in the late 40's did not understand Santa and turned out crosses not with Jesus but Santa.

What is this then?

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