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MarinesGirl
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I was just wondering does it bother anyone else that the stores start putting out Christmas stuff the day after Halloween or sometimes even way before that? At the rate we are going in 3 years the Christmas season will be from July 5th to Jan 1. Have the stores where you are started putting out their stuff and if so when and what do you think about it?
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Costco had Xmas stuff right next to the Halloween candy weeks ago. I think it's kinda odd, but I'm a capitalist, so I'm not gonna criticize an otherwise harmless business strategy.

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When I was younger, I worked at a very large grocery store, and the Christmas decorating season was always a blast. The higher-ups had decreed that Christmas gear was not to be displayed untli after Thanksgiving, primarily due to customer complaints that had been received in prior years. Halloween items began appearing on September 1, and November 1 was when we spread out the Thanksgiving nonsense.

But Thanksgiving was always a blast. All 200 employees of the store were called to work at some point during that day, and the store closed several hours early since darned near everyone was at home eating by 5pm. But that was when the real fun began. There was a sign-up sheet for people who wanted the OverTime, and my buddies and I would always sign up.

About 100 of us stayed half the night, stringing Christmas decorations throughout the store. Putting Christmas trees where Thanksgiving cornocopias had been, and spreading out enough tinsel to make the whole place look snazzy. Customers who came in the next day were always amazed at the complete makeover that the store had undergone...and we were pretty impressed with our handiwork every year.

I'll always remember those nights though, the looong overnight shifts when we'd spend the first half of the night working feverishly to get the decorations up, and the second half of the night taking naps next to the meat freezer. Those were good times...

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Here in Montreal for the past few years, there's been a group active around this time of year called L'anti-Noel avant le temps (roughly, 'No Christmas before its time'). They've vandalised storefronts in the eastern part of the city around this time of the year - demanding that retailers stop foisting Christmas on people before December.

Here, you can read a little about them, if you scroll down to the middle of the page.

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Yup, loads of shops had christmas stock in them by October where I live. While I think it's too early to be selling christmas items, wrecking shop fronts is not the way to go about changing the situation. I don't think christmas sales will keep getting earlier and earlier - it seems there must be a cut off point where the shops won't make any more profit than if they started selling christmas goods in December. I certainly hope so... I certainly wouldn't start my christmas shopping in June!!!
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One weird thing I noticed was that a Christmas movie ("The Santa Clause 2") came out the day before my birthday, which is November 2. Strange, I've never really thought about how odd it is for Christmas things to begin happening before my birthday or Thanksgiving...

My two cents!

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quote:
Originally posted by Dzuunmod:
They've vandalised storefronts in the eastern part of the city around this time of the year - demanding that retailers stop foisting Christmas on people before December.

haha Sounds to me like a bunch of Quebecois lookin' for another exuse to riot.

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There is a restaurant in my city that had a life-sized santa and his sleigh running across their roof since the middle of October. They're a bit keen, I say!
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I've worked in retail for three years now, and I think it seems to follow the same pattern every year- it's not getting earlier and earlier, at least not here. It does start pretty early though.

In September, you usually see the first Christmas trees in department stores, unadorned, but still there. There might be some leftover Christmas stock alongside them too. In October, the tress will gain decorations, and the stores will start selling reindeers and baubels and those sorts of things. In November it becomes really full on, with "great gift ideas" etc, the stores will be completely decorated, and the main parts of the shopping centres will put up their decorations. It just keeps getting more intense up to December when you start having those annoying singing/dancing Santas all over the place, etc.

I remember when I was a kid, I used to love that the shopping centres would bring the Christmas stuff out early- it made me feel excited and happy that my favourite season was coming up. My mother would never let us put our Christmas tree up until two weeks before Christmas (until we discovered how to put it up ourselves anyway, Muahahahaha!), so it was nice to see that someone else could get excited about it.

Nowadays, I don't get quite as excited, and I like the holiday for different reasons, but I'm not offended by early Christmas decorations in stores, although I do think a lot of the advertising aimed at children is exploitative.


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The years go by so fast now that I am getting older. I think they just put up decorations early for one, to remind people X-mas is right around the corner. Also some people have big families so its reminding them to get one for everyone...and giving them time. But a funny fact for me is that I havent even taken my halloween decorations down yet.

Perhaps stores realize how fast the X-mas season goes by and they want to make it longer. It doesnt bother me, but I'm not going to be buying x-mas gifts and decorations when I'm suppose to be buying halloween costumes and candy.


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It's pretty tacky, but in a place where November's just so damn GREY I won't argue. This might be the most depressing month.

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quote:
Originally posted by Milke:
This might be the most depressing month.

...which is all the more reason why one should spend November in SoCal! Sunny and 89 degrees at the moment, friends. (Though it should rain reasonably hard this weekend, for the first time in ages)

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Wow! Last week they put the Christmas wreaths and statues in the food court. They are playing Christmas music all the time now. I think what they are really trying to say to the consumer is that Christmas is right around the cornor. Yesterday they mall hosted a Santa clause breakfast and now the kids can go see Santa everyday. I know its not really that long till Christmas but Thanks giving is a nice holiday too lets not forget about it.
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I guess I don't see why it's such a big deal ...

It puts me in the holiday mood a bit more ahead of time, and since I love Christmas I love that it does that.


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I love it when they all put up the christmas! The town we go to shop at is a hour away and we only go every two weeks for food and stuff, and it just makes me feel excited and happy when I see all the lighted reindeer and tree's at Costco, and pointsettas on porches in the city. I think those decorations are beutiful. lol I'm prolly going to grow up and be one of those annoying neighbors who refuse to take down their lights all year

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While it doesn't bother me too much, I am upset at the commercialization of a lovely holiday (even though I celebrate it secularly)...I am seriously tempted to go hopping around the nearest mall as the Easter Bunny or something in protest! ;-)
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I dislike Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I love the true meaning, but I just don't enjoy it. Number one, it's always me. Just me. Me, and a bunch of oldies. No kids, no teenagers, no fun. Alcohol and gross napkins. Borrring.

I hate the way they make it seem so commercialised. It sucks so much. It basically takes away the real meaning: of giving. It's almost as if the shops are like "Enough of pumpkins and witches, onto candycanes and Santa". Blah Blah BLAH.

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Yup,

The stores here have Christmas decorations up around Halloween or Thanksgiving. So down one aisle you have oranges and browns, then down another reds and greens.

The holidays by color coding.

I'm not entirely against this, but I agree. I don't like what the commercialization of Christmas does to people. Working retail, I've seen folks trying to kill each other at malls over a parking spot, and parents battling over a cool toy on sale for their kids. Not to mention overtime and how some co-workers give up breaks to handle the long line of customers.

So maybe I'm a pessimst, but I feel the spirit of Christmas has been lost amidst the need to buy, buy, BUY!!! Only now, you can buy a few months in advance.


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Yeah I work in the mall and I am so NOT looking forward the crowd. I work in the food court but all those shoppers have to eat and drink. The day after Thanks Giving the mall opens at 6 compared to the normal 10. I will probably have to work 5-2. Not fun. The crowds have already started on the weekends. Trying to park is horrible and the people are rude and won't let anyone merge or anything. GRRR...rude shoppers. But hey there is a light at the end of the tunnel right?
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