Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Since there's Christmas crap in the stores already...

'Tis the season: I wasn't enough ahead of the curve last year, so even though it's only mid-October, I'll go ahead and direct folks to my "A word on holiday cards, or, why I don't do Christmas" post.

If you're really interested, there's some fairly in-depth dialogue in the comments section.

9 comments:

  1. Michael's (the art supply store) had a big Christmas display in AUGUST!!! With Nutcracker music and the whole nine yards. I already hate having to live and breathe that holiday throughout Nov and Dec. But when they try to overshadow Halloween, it's more than I can handle!!

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  2. Christmas in stores already? BUT IT'S NOT EVEN HALLOWEEN!

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  3. I was shocked to see cranberries in the grocery store. Noooo, I'm not ready. I am not Jewish, but my family is much more relaxed now that we have abandoned the gift-giving and other obligations of Christmas. Time spent together as a family is precious; time spent shopping is not.

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  4. In fairness to the craft stores--not the others--most crafters who make things for gifts, etc. have to get an early start. My wife, who is a card maker, has already completed on batch of Christmas cards and is mapping out what she'll use for the next. I've already seen rubber stamps, papers and other items rolling in here as she prepares for her usual round of crafting. So Michaels, Joann and other stores like that have to be ahead of the curve on this stuff. Their audience demands it. Now, that said, it really shouldn't be showing up in Walgreens already but it is! So, as much as I hate to defend some of the retailing mania there, I can see (through my wife) the need for some of this stuff being in the stores already. Some of her card making buddies have been busy since summer on just this kind of stuff!

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  5. Wordherder - point taken, but I'm talking about Christmas crap in the grocery store.

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  6. I don't like the early rush on Christmas crap but I do understand it. Retailers are only reacting to a demand. They wouldn't put it out if there wasn't a demand. When I was working in public broadcasting, we had a TON of negative response when we aired holiday programming in September, but it was because those programs had concert tickets attached, and those concerts are in December. People need to plan in advance, so they have to get their tickets in advance, thus early holiday programming. Few businesses or organizations would go through the nightmare of negative feedback if the audience didn't demand it.

    My way to avoid all the crap ... I don't shop in big department stores that decorate early and I have an off button on my television. I realize that some folk have no other option but big department stores, and I wish that was different. Maybe someday it will be.

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  7. We have avoided the christmas crap for years and I dont intend to start doing it again .

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  8. So far, haven't seen too much Christmas, except at the Kennedy Center in DC in their gift shop. Loaded with Nutcracker Ballet related items. Halloween stuff is in abundance and in some places, discounted already! I have an aversion to shopping so I'm mainly been in CVS (drugstore) and Kroger (grocery supermarket) lately. I avoid the malls! We don't do Christmas, either, though my honey for some reason like Christmas cards, those pop-up kind. He buys them and wants me to address them. hmmmm.

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  9. I really enjoyed reading your take on Christmas cards. I have written a post about it too, and referred back to yours as well. I was wondering how to tackle this issue and your post really nudged my thinking along. Thanks.

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