Tuesday, September 01, 2009

16 and-a-half weeks...

The Beautiful Wife and I went to J.C. Penny's last night up at Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville (last day of August, mind you) and you would have thought it was Christmas Eve. Decorations everywhere, pushing for buying that 'perfect gift', Peanuts Christmas shirts, the only thing missing was Santa himself. Nary a trace of Halloween or Thanks Giving, they were going for the Christmas jugular. We had just come from Michal's (had to get some stuff for my special project...more on that later) and even they didn't have the halls decked like Penny's, just a couple of rows of fall/Halloween stuff.

I'm the worlds biggest fan of the Holiday Season, well-maybe second to Laura, but even I think 8-31 is a bit early for the full Christmas Kit.

I remember when I was just a little Beasty, about the middle of August everything in the stores was 'Back to School' (yuck). Then, come September 1 it was falling leaves, red-yellow-brown, sweaters & jackets. Middle of October you'd see some Halloween stuff then Nov. 1 it was Thanksgiving. And that Friday after Thanks Giving it was jingle all the way. Seemed everything had it's season. But when I was 5 I remember going into the old Woolworth's store the day after Halloween (a week before my birthday). They were taking down the Halloween stuff and putting up some of those aluminum Christmas trees. I thought it was neat to have Christmas stuff up around my birthday but all I remember mom saying was how ridiculous it was that they put Christmas decorations out so early.

So...in spite of what we may think it hasn't been a recent thing for stores to decorate early. But now there are more economic pressures than ever for retailers to perform they have blended the fall together and start the "Merry Thanks-Giv-O-Ween" season as early as possible. Heck, one of the biggest parts of my company's business is selling Giant Christmas Stockings...and Easter and Valentines and Patriotic and Halloween stockings, among others.

But who am I to criticize. I'm just a Beast who would be happy to spend his days playing with Toy Trains and Slot Cars.



Blogger Laura said...

I love this post. One thing I've always said you will never hear come out of my mouth is "It's way too early for Christmas stuff!" But honestly, if we did Christmas all year long, I wouldn't love it as much. Right?

I actually AGREE that Aug 31 is too early for the FULL-ON Christmas spread. But maybe some hints are okay. Maybe a couple rolls of wrapping paper over the next few weeks, maybe some bows. I'm one of those freaks who will buy it in September.

That photo you posted makes me happy.

4:07 PM, September 01, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've hated the commercialization of Christmas for years. Drives ... Me ... Nuts!

I've threatened for years to move to an isolated cabin for 3 months to avoid all the commercialism.

6:34 PM, September 01, 2009  

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