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Christmas Season Starting Too Soon?  
User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4756 posts, RR: 31
Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1010 times:

I remember that when I was a kid (not that long ago - I'm not in the A.net  grumpy  old  git league yet) the stores started putting up Christmas displays in late October/early November. Well, last weekend I went shopping and oh surprise, the department stores are already selling Xmas ornaments! WTF?!  crazy 

Is it just me, or this whole Christmas marketing strategy has gone way too far? What next, Xmas-themed wrapping paper for my birthday gifts (mid-July)?

Ho-ho-have a nice day!
Carmen


What do I know, I'm just an 'immature troublemaker with only a passing interest in aviation' (or so they say)
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User currently offlineRoger136913 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 473 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1000 times:

No diff then selling winter coats in July.

User currently offlineAlcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 993 times:

Only difference is that some parts of the world, you need a winter coat for all seasons. Some card shops have Christmas cards in already. I only have three more pay-days until Christmas.

User currently offlineJamieD From UK - England, joined Apr 2002, 613 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 983 times:

Funnily enough there was a feature on this on BBC Radio One earlier. People were asked to send in photos of all things festive that they saw this month, and they were inundated.

Christmas is definitely way too commerical these days. But hey, it means more chocolate and presents for me.  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 978 times:

Any decoration before Halloween is ridiculous, and it should really wait until at least after Thanksgiving. But what do you expect when stores think they can make a few extra dollars by starting Christmas a few months early.

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineTmatt95 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 970 times:

I have already seen Christmas cards for sale. Who in there right mind buys Christmas cards around 3 months before Christmas.  Confused It is amazing how companies can stretch out festivals, to such an extent, I'm surprised they have not started putting up Easter eggs for next year.  Big grin

User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 944 times:

If I didn't have a wife and family (IE something to loose) I would threaten to burn down any store with Christmas stuff in it before the Thanksgiving turkey was done being cooked. But as I do have something to loose, I'll just sit back and dream that my words can be inspirational. Though OFFICIALLY I say anyone who acts on THIS idea is dumber then MD-90, B744F, September11, and the deaf-commedy-jam twins combined.

User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 933 times:

I would like to know when Halloween became the big marketing holiday that it is now become.


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineMKEdude From South Korea, joined May 2005, 1011 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 907 times:

For lazy-ass shits like myself it's great. Because my Christmas lights aren't up late, they're just early  bigthumbsup 


"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline." Frank Zappa
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 905 times:

I actually look for the first mention of Christmas in late August. This year was no different. I forget where it was, but I saw a sticker that said something to the effect of "great idea for early Christmas shopping."

Quoting Tmatt95 (Reply 5):
I have already seen Christmas cards for sale.

Christmas cards are for sale year round at your local dollar store.  vomit 

 hissyfit  Stop cheapening our Savior's birthday!
redngold



Up, up and away!
User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 901 times:

If only we could get the Christmas season to end sooner, like maybe before it starts.

User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 896 times:

Also, I have seen Halloween cards for sale. Who the hell sends Halloween cards?  Confused

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9264 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 877 times:

Neiman - Marcus was selling Christmas decorations the day after Labor Day.


Eternal darkness we all should dread. It's hard to party when you're dead.
User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 872 times:

To quote Lewis Black:

"There was a time when Halloween was Halloween...And Santa wasn't sticking his nose in it!"

YES!

Anyone watch Monday Night Football tonight? Guy dressed as Santa watching the game. It's SEPTEMBER!

I'm getting sick of Christmas starting in October. It's like everyone has to start shopping as early as possible. It's ridiculous. Christmas is no longer about a holiday, it's about presents, and shopping. It's sad, really.


User currently offlineSonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 871 times:

Quoting S12PPL (Reply 13):
Anyone watch Monday Night Football tonight? Guy dressed as Santa watching the game. It's SEPTEMBER!

Not to mention that it was freakin 100+ degrees inside Texas Stadium. Of course it was a joke, but man, talk about a true fan. Forget those shirtless guys in freezing temps...

-SOAC



Non Illegitimi Carborundum
User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 864 times:

A local restaurant had their "Book your Christmas function" banners out just after Easter. Many of the charities (RSPB, RNLI) had Christmas cards in their catalogues which arrived in July. The commercialism really is ruining the festival.

In the UK we also seem to be shifting away from why there is a celebration in the first place. The whole thing is becoming sanitised for fear of offending sections of the population - this in a supposedly Christian country.


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13004 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 858 times:

I have seen for several weeks now a new lawn decoration for Christmas. Look, it is 80+ (F) degrees out, can't you wait or are you sooooo desprite and greedy you can't wait. I find the hyperearly displays of seasonial items to be very offensive. I saw Christmas stuff in a WalMart last week where the school supplies were displayed 3 weeks ago. Part of the problem is that so much of the crap comes from China with a 6 week or more shipping time, so it has to be put someplace so in time for selling.
Worse, is that probably 80% of the gifts will come from China or some other anti-christian country where workers are virtually enslaved. Please, I would like some choice as to where my products come from, including from the USA or even Mexico. I would also like to see any religious items as to Christ only come from countries that have religious freedom and Christians, like Mexico or even Taiwan or Korea.


User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 850 times:

GGrrrrrr i hate those old christmas calendars....... everyday open a window and get a chocolate.... should usually last for a month... they last just few hours with me...
Christmas decorations/card... are out alreasy 3months before... xmas has become way too commercialied as mentioned above



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User currently offlineViveAF From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 198 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 838 times:

Oh yes... it`s started ! I was in Tesco`s Stockport last Friday night... a bit of late night crowd free shopping and just as I turned into the Bakery Aisle... WHAM !!  eyepopping  Shelves full of Chrissy Cake mix, Chrissy Pudding Flavoured Muffins (a new tradition ???), Little Icing Sugar Santas for decoration.... and sachets of mixed spices for making mulled wine....

I was half expecting a display of Easter Eggs by the Pick`n`Mix  wink 


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13940 posts, RR: 63
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 835 times:

I was just down at my local supermarket and they are laready putting out the christmas decorations. for F*ck's sake, it is still late summer over here (even according to the the calendar!).
The same, they start decorating for Easter right after new year.

Jan


User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 830 times:

Well, as someone who's wife works in retail, there's no doubt in my mind Christmas season starts WAY too soon. My wife started her 6-day a week work schedule this week for the, you guessed it, Christmas season.

Hell, it was almost 80 in CLE yesterday. No time to be thinking of December 25th!  Big grin


User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4756 posts, RR: 31
Reply 21, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 817 times:

Thanks for your replies. Seems I'm not the only one...

Quoting Roger136913 (Reply 1):
No diff then selling winter coats in July

The rainy season here goes from May to October, so it would make sense  silly 

Quoting Redngold (Reply 9):
Stop cheapening our Savior's birthday!

 checkmark  AMEN!

Quoting S12PPL (Reply 13):
"There was a time when Halloween was Halloween...And Santa wasn't sticking his nose in it!"

Halloween hasn't stuck as a holiday here, but I agree... Ok, could they AT LEAST wait until the kids are out of school after Oct. 15?



What do I know, I'm just an 'immature troublemaker with only a passing interest in aviation' (or so they say)
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