I love Christmas! I love the music, the food, the movies, and the overall feeling that Christmas brings. November is finally here, and I’m totally excited to get ready to feel the Christmas spirit within the next few weeks.
That said, does anyone else feel like retailers are rushing to get their Christmas stuff out a little bit earlier every year? I mean – Don’t get me wrong, I seriously love Christmas, but let me enjoy it on my own time. I work in a large retail environment, and it felt kind of weird to remove the cobwebs and pumpkins on November 1st, while replacing them with decked halls, holly, ivy, and loud Christmas Muzak. Now, I understand how from a corporate business standpoint it makes perfect sense to get Christmas out onto store shelves early – you’re going to make a lot more money by selling Christmas early… But most of us still have candy in our pillowcases and we’re still cleaning up from our drunken Halloween parties. Let us have a week to get over Halloween (sober up), and then give us a little more time to think about Thanksgiving. I don’t think corporations should shove Christmas down the throats of consumers when the clock strikes 12 on November 1st. It is creating a backlash from people who are getting sick of the commercialism that Christmas brings, and it makes it hard for people like me to get into the Christmas spirit.
This is why I love places like Nordstrom
Nordstrom is very unique. A few years ago, Nordstrom decided that the hustle and bustle of Christmas was coming much too early and they understood how it frustrated many consumers. They chose a new route which involved celebrating Thanksgiving *shock and awe* and not mentioning Christmas until the end of November. If you walk by a Nordstrom in November, they have vinyl on their windows that read: “We just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.” Bravo, Nordstrom! I wonder if other large retailers will ever follow suit, or if Christmas will be continually be pushed out earlier and earlier.