Tis What Season? – Guest Post
November 10, 2009 by admncc
Here at The Constant Complainer, in addition to my own posts, readers can submit Guest Posts on topics they’d like to complain about. Leo Nevoli submitted the below-Guest Post. His complaint is how the Christmas holiday season seems to start earlier every year. I thought this was a great post idea. So without further adieu, here’s Leo…
It was a Friday night in October that I was out shopping with my daughters. We were out looking for Halloween costumes and scary stuff to decorate the house with, because Halloween was only 15 days away. After buying items in a Halloween store, we proceeded to go in to the mall and grab a bite to eat. I had a Sears‘ gift card, so I took the girls in there with me; I wanted to see if they had any work shirts that I liked. As I wondered around the store, I was very surprised to find myself in a Winter Wonderland. It was all here: Christmas trees, fake snow on the ground, animated light-up reindeers, ornaments hanging from the ceiling and bright holiday lights. I wasted no time in exiting out a door and in to the parking lot. I had to get out of that place. Not that I don’t mind the Christmas season, but because Christmas, according to my count, was still 70 days away.
Much to my surprise I have found that other stores had put up their Christmas displays in October, and people told me that they had seen displays go up in September. Christmas was a little over two months away when I was having this discussion. We still have Halloween and Thanksgiving to get through, but stores are all set for Christmas. Clearly, this is an attempt by retail stores to get an early jump on Fourth Quarter End-of-Year revenue. What ever happened to putting the Christmas displays up around Thanksgiving and starting the holiday season then? I know the economy is bad, but can’t retail stores let us enjoy the seasons as they come? I feel like I missed Halloween, because when I was in Target on October 28th, they had the Christmas trees up next to the costumes, and the costumes were marked down 30%. Halloween was still a few days away, but yet you could get a costume a lot cheaper now.
I personally find it very annoying that stores are jumping the gun on seasonal sales. This past June I tried to buy shorts, and told the sales associate that I was surprised that they did not have a bigger selection of short pants to buy. She told me that they had a big selection for their sale they ran back in early April. I am thinking that it was still cold out, and it was only Spring, yet you are selling short pants.
I am so glad I am not a kid today. I went to Staples after July Fourth, and I was greeted by someone handing me a checklist of what items they have on sale for their Back to School Sale! It is the first full week of July, schools have just gotten out a few weeks ago, summer vacation has started and I am being handed a checklist of what school supplies I will need. I did not start school shopping with my parents until the middle to late August.
I get it that the economy is bad, and retail stores want to get my last dollar, but I don’t know what the fascination is for stores to rush the seasons. For some people, they bought into the “Christmas comes early thing” from theses retailers. I know some people who have already done their Christmas shopping. My mother-in-law is one of them. She wanted to know what I needed for Christmas back in August. As I have told her for several years, just get me a gift card to some place, there is no telling what I will need in December, because it is still three months away. I’m Leo Nevoli, and that’s my ponderings.
***This paragraph was inserted by The Constant Complainer. I was traveling for work on October 29th and 30th. And I came across something interesting (that would relate directly to Leo’s post) while in Cincinnati, Ohio. A radio station there, Star 93.3, was already playing all Christmas music. They kept announcing how they were the first station in country to go total Christmas. Yeah, I’m pretty sure they were! Now don’t get me wrong; I love Christmas music – but not on October 30th. But hey, if that’s your thing, Star 93.3 is streaming it live as we speak…