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benbakdoff
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September 18th, 2011 at 12:48:05 PM permalink
An area family set up their Christmas lights this weekend on their house and several trees. There are also animated reindeer, snowmen and a Santa Claus which will have to be moved weekly until the grass stops growing. It wasn't done to get an early start. Everything is turned on at night.
DJTeddyBear
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September 18th, 2011 at 1:00:14 PM permalink
I'm kinda upset that the supermarkets have their Halloween products out...

Yeah, WAY too soon.
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ikilledjerrylogan
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September 18th, 2011 at 1:08:34 PM permalink
I would vote both that its way too soon/super annoying and its also none of my business.... unless you're in an HOA.
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September 18th, 2011 at 1:10:48 PM permalink
I agree that both would have been good, but I voted way too early......yes, I am in an HOA. I think we can't have our lights up before Thanksgiving and they have to be down by Feb 1. Both I think are very reasonable "deadlines".
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September 18th, 2011 at 1:24:27 PM permalink
Way too soon, it cheapens the holiday.

I especially can't stand commercial decor. As DJ pointed out, Halloween's already showing. Really? I'm enjoying the last warm days of summer full of the scent of ripening grapes, but every storefront is screaming "Wee! Late fall! Wee!" as if they want to rush into it. By the time we get there, when I'm enjoying trout season and Halloween, they'll be "HEY!!! Thanksgiving sucka!!". Try to enjoy Thanksgiving and deer season, then it's "WHAT'RE YOU DOING??!! IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME!!!!!".

Before I know it it'll be February and I'll just want to kill myself.

If I'm old enough to be a customer, I'm old enough to know WHEN holidays are and WHERE to find holiday goods. Just stop it already.
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EvenBob
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September 18th, 2011 at 1:46:15 PM permalink
Um, its still summer, Halloween is 6 weeks away
and you see Xmas lights already? Thats scary..
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AZDuffman
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September 18th, 2011 at 1:47:28 PM permalink
Quote: DJTeddyBear

I'm kinda upset that the supermarkets have their Halloween products out...

Yeah, WAY too soon.



I positively HATE Halloween, all parts of it. But Halloween is big business. Those "Spirit" seasonal stores can do $250-500K of business in a 8-10 week season. Part of their key seems to be having the store up in Sept so people think about "what they want to go as" for weeks, then selling most stuff the last 10 days before. Think about those numbers, even a 10-15% margin lets you make $40,000 in 2 months. Amazing.

BTW: Sometimes the stores having the Christmas stuff up early is for internal reasons. Near here there was a store used to have the Christmas Stuff up at Labor Day. I found out years later it was a "model store display" so the regional managers could tinker with the plans for a few months.
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EvenBob
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September 18th, 2011 at 1:54:43 PM permalink
Quote: AZDuffman

I positively HATE Halloween, all parts of it.



Its a stupid 'holiday' and its not even a holiday.
Whats happened is, kids stay in their adolescence
now until their 30, and Halloween is a big part
of being a kid. They dress up like 8year olds when
their 25 and 30 and go to work that way on
Halloween. My wife gets into decorating the porch
and handing out candy, but even she is saying its
more bother than its worth. And expensive. She
packaged up 130 packets of candy last year
and gave every one away in 90 min, and had to
turn off the light as they kept coming. Screw that..
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Doc
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September 18th, 2011 at 2:20:40 PM permalink
Yep, too early for Xmas decor.

As for the commercial establishments promoting their merchandise too early, it's not the Halloween masks now nor the Xmas stockings in late October that get me. I'm more bothered with the way clothing stores (or clothing departments) stock their seasonal goods. In August, I went in looking for some pocket T shirts and a pair of shorts. The goods on sale were sweaters and coats. If I go to a store looking for a replacement winter jacket in February because mine wore out, they have gobs of swimwear on sale. I don't need new swimming trunks until May, if then. And I don't buy sweaters when it's 90 degrees in the shade outdoors. Must be that I'm not the target market for the retailers. Who is?
EvenBob
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September 18th, 2011 at 2:27:56 PM permalink
Quote: Doc

If I go to a store looking for a replacement winter jacket in February because mine wore out, they have gobs of swimwear on sale.



Its always been that way, probably for a hundred
years or more. Try finding an air conditioner or a
fan in most stores now, unless they specialize in
appliances. Stores assume you'll stock up early
for the coming season and buy your wool blankets
in Sept and not March.
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