Friday, July 30, 2010

This insanity has to stop

Today is July 30, 2010.

Today, in the mail, I received...a Christmas catalog.

This insanity has to stop. Otherwise, before we know it, June 1 will officially be the beginning of the secular "Holiday season." At least as far as the retail industry is concerned.

7 comments:

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

I am waiting for the year when the following Christmas season begins on December 26!

Siarlys Jenkins said...

When I was a child, back in the middle of the last century, the local paper used to publish a box that announced "Only ## shopping days left till Christmas." Even then, we all joked that on December 26 there were "only 365 shopping days left till Christmas," except if a leap year intervened, in which case it was 366.

LarryD said...

Oh no Erin - you've missed Christmas!!

Charlotte said...

Three weeks ago, Hobby Lobby (a Christian company) was putting up displays of Christmas ornaments.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

They need the increased revenue to fund their commitment to C.S. Lewis University. In all fairness, a business has to keep up with its market - whatever the individuals running it do in their personal lives. It might be worth asking whether a prominent public promise to refrain from Christmas advertising until after Halloween would actually increase business. Are we that choosy about our shopping? Will we remember? Enough of us?

A company isn't Christian. Its owners may be.

Elizabeth K. said...

I actually like to start thinking about Christmas in July or August, because it frees up a bit of Advent for me, which is often a heinously busy time for my family--not simply because of shopping, but because of school schedules, work schedules etc.. So I'll take your catalogue :).

Casey said...

Our town was putting up the town's "holiday" decorations ON Halloween the last two years in a row. It was quite odd to me to see children dressed up as spiderman walking past public workers putting up "Happy Holidays" signs or colored lights on street lamps.

I do start my planing for Christmas early for the same reasons the previous commenter stated. But I don't usually start until September and usually it's not purchasing anything it's making lists of things that I'd like to make as gifts and organizational things. We live on one income (I stay home with my children) and so pre-planning is key sometimes.

That being said...I totally understand where you are coming from in this post.