Damn Christmas Decorations that's what! If you are curious it's 38 days to Halloween, 64 days to Thanksgiving, 93 days to Christmas and what the hell let's throw it in there, 100 days to New Year! If you want to keep up with the Christmas Countdown there is a twitter feed @ChristmasCount. So, there are a couple of things that frustrate me here. The pushing of shopping for Christmas sales before Halloween and decorating the store for the holidays by October 1. Both are a total turn off for me. I'm not saying that if I see something in August that would be a great gift, I don't buy it. But I don't want to see Christmas stuff or hear Christmas music until it's the Holiday Season for the love of... Hmmm I guess if you add the music that makes three issues that drive me crazy when it comes to the Christmas Creep. In case you didn't know the Christmas season begins with Advent between November 27 and December 3 and lasts through Christmastide, which officially starts December 25 and lasts 12 days.
Those close to me, that give me crap (Kelly) know pushing Christmas on me is one sure way to get me to boycott your store. This year Selfridges in London was the first store in the world to start the 2015 Christmas Holiday shopping season on August 3. Shame on you! How did this nightmare get started? Well thank the big box stores. Apparently they did it to support resellers to help them prepare their stores. By 2002 the flood gates opened and it continued to get worse as other department stores hopped on board. A Holiday Retail Readiness survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of SOASTA (some cloud performance company) and in the last 2 years their research shows Americans are sick of retailers shoving Christmas down their throats! The reports state that 81% of American adults think stores should not play Christmas music before Thanksgiving – up from 78% of American adults. 77% of American adults think stores shouldn’t put up Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving – up from 76%. Complaints are up that Black Friday was Black November, even Cyber Monday was ruined, last year it turned into cyber MONTH! Thank you Nordstrom for continuing to refrain from decorating or pushing Christmas sales until the holiday season. They are pretty much one of the few department stores that get my credit card for the holidays. They continue to hold out and not open for Thanksgiving Day and not put Christmas decorations up until after Thanksgiving. Support them by Shopping at www.shopnordstrom.com.
You are not going to believe what I am going to tell you next... are you sitting down. Compared to other parts of the world the Christmas Creep and Commercialization of the holiday is mild in the United States. Seriously, you can't make this stuff up. There are 13 countries ahead of us... THIRTEEN! As you saw above London started in August. Apparently it's worse in Australia and Britain. The culprit... without a holiday like Thanksgiving to set the start date these countries have no reigns to haul them in! Ghastly! Does anyone even remember what the holiday is even about? I'm running out of space here with my mental thoughts. My big question is does extending the holiday season even help these desperate retailers? The answer... NO! Not really according to most of the articles I have read. There are only so many dollars no matter how far you spread the holiday out. DUH According to an article by Money Magazine... the Christmas Creep boils down to these Grinch Stats: It has all led to more confusion, frustration, and indecision among shoppers, who have good reason to feel like stores are constantly manipulating them. The average Black Friday discount was only 5%. Aren't you glad you didn't stand in line for hours. Can we PLEASE just celebrate one holiday at a time. I fear Christmas in July is not far away.
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
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