I have a message for all retailers. You know those “Christmas in July” sales? They don’t mean you should actually start the holiday season then, okay?

I bring this up, because it seems like we’re heading in that direction, and somebody needs to stop that shit now. Check out the picture I took in a Lowes Home Improvement¬†two freaking weeks ago. Seriously, its mid-October and you have four aisles of Christmas stuff? Whatever happened to Halloween?!

It's Only October

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I don’t know about you, but last year, after almost three solid months of holiday songs, displays, and commercials, I was about ready to strangle the next person who said anything other than “happy new year.”

Lights

This would have been the murder weapon.

For the first time since moving into our house, we didn’t bother to put up a solstice tree, and although we did exchange gifts, I spent less than I had in years because I was so sick of the holidays by then. I’m starting to understand why the Grinch wanted to stick it to those annoying Whos: he’d probably had to listen to their damn carols for three months straight.

The next person who sings “Rudolph” gets it.

So please, retailers, just lay off, okay? After Thanksgiving is the perfect time to start playing holiday music and selling Santa-themed kleenex. Any more of this and I won’t be able to leave my house between September and January for fear of my sanity. And that’s not good news for your bottom line.


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I’ll Be Home for the Holidays (Unless I Go Insane) — 6 Comments

  1. Sometimes it doesn’t bother me. It depends on how behind I am in my life. LOL! I went into The Container Store today and oh my! Christmas AND temptation! Mostly, right now I’m panicking about Thanksgiving.

    • I’ll give craft stores a pass, since people need to start early. But the dentist’s office had a radio station on which was already playing holiday music back on October 11. :sob:

  2. I’m right there with you! Some craft stores display the Christmas stuff in August around here. That’s too early for me. And the radio station in town that plays all Christmas music all time before Thanksgiving is over–I do not listen to that station for over a month. I love Christmas music, but not like that. At least let the Halloween stuff come down before the Christmas stuff goes up! LOL. Fun post, Jordan–and so true!

    • I can understand the craft stores since people need to get a jump on making stuff, but August seems awfully early. I vaguely recall from my childhood that part of the fun of Black Friday was going out and seeing the stores all decorated for Christmas, since they waited until then to unveil their displays.

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