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When Should Stores Put Christmas Items Out On Display???

post #1 of 26
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There's a drug store in my town which is part of a drug store chain. For the last two or three weeks they have had Christmas candles, ornaments, windsocks, outdoor lights, and other decorative items displayed on the store shelves and it isn't even October!!!! I know stores have to think about Christmas way in advance, but when do you think they should start displaying the merchandize?????
post #2 of 26
Same here, the Walmart by me has an xmas aisle right next to the Halloween aisle. It is disconcerting, to say the least, to see Jack o'Lanterns next to xmas trees...
post #3 of 26
And these same stores should wait til after Thanksgiving before they start playing xmas carols!!!!!
post #4 of 26
I think they should at least wait until after Remembrance Day (Nov. 11) - is that Veteran's Day in the states? Christmas decorations are too festive for what should be a somber time. Some merchants in my area specifically waited until Nov 12, and I told each and every one of them that it was respectful and appreciated.

Plus, I find that by the first week of December, I am just sick of Christmas - luckily, by Dec 20 or so, after my tree is up, my spirit is back...
post #5 of 26
At our wal-mart the brought christmas stuff out befor they brought out hallowen stuff . That was funny . But this year it seems they all start very early with christmas items . I wonder why , I think it is way to early for that .
post #6 of 26
I guess it is good to have out in case some people start to shop early. I know alot of online stores have some christmas stuff already.
post #7 of 26
I say mid to late November
post #8 of 26
Our Wal-Mart has had some Christmas stuff out since late August! Now THAT is too early!!! I think after Halloween, at least. Except for craft stuff. That stuff is put out in July/August and I totally understand that. Us crafters need some time to get everything done.
post #9 of 26
I went to CostCo earlier this month and they were already selling Christmas gifts and ornaments! I realize that the economy is bad and they need to make money, but couldn't they at least wait until after Halloween? Also I am curious, what do you guys pay for Christmas trees in your area? They are very expensive here (go figure that since we are known to grow them!) Unless you wait until right before Christmas, you could easily pay $95.00 and up for a tree!
post #10 of 26
I like fake trees. They look so real now and you only have to buy them once!
post #11 of 26
We have 40 acres of woodland with a log cabin on it and part of our Christmas tradition is to go get a tree. I really can't go walking through the woods anymore in the winter, because of my RA. I usually will sit in the truck and then pass my approval when they come out of the woods. This is the tree that will go in my Sister's house (which is the house we grew up in). I have to use an articfical tree, again because of the RA (I can't get on my knees to water the tree).

As for putting out Christmas decorations, I think after Halloween is best. You can buy your decorations, before you have to shell out for presents. Also around the first of November is when we get our first snow fall, so it looks like Christmas around here.
post #12 of 26
I think Halloween stuff should be out of the stores before Christmas stuff goes in.
post #13 of 26
Real trees can be had here in PA for as little as $25!
post #14 of 26
For a christmas tree you pay between $25 - $60 dollars , it depents what kind you want . I went a few years ago to fake tree , I don't want the cute tree just being cut for christmas . Now I cant put one up in my house any more , since the cat un decorated my tree all the time . So we only decorate the outsite of the house now .
post #15 of 26
The store where I worked in KC had us putting up Christmas trees in July. It was a craft store, Hobby Lobby, so I guess those that make their Christmas stuff would have plenty of time. I still didn't like it, though.
I don't ever have a tree in my house, but I really don't like the idea of real trees. Not only do they dry out and pose a threat of fires, but I don't understand the thinking. There is a beautiful, perfect tree, LET'S KILL IT.
post #16 of 26
I think after Halloween is a good time to put out Christmas Decorations. BUT make sure all the Halloween stuff is out first- I haven't seen any christmas stuff out in any stores yet- We have a fake christmas tree
post #17 of 26
I guess I'm the oddball here. I start my Christmas shopping in August as a lot of people I know get the usual Christmas stuff from their families and appreciate the gifts I find for them earlier.

As for when Christmas decorations should be put up, I have no answer to that as we have a store in town that is open year round and Santa's Village is only open in the summer time which I think is really quite hilarious!

I use a fake Christmas Tree, I don't like the idea of cutting down a perfectly beautiful living tree that shelters a lot of the wildlife up here, especially the little birds!

April
post #18 of 26
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Originally posted by SkyKitty
I guess I'm the oddball here. I start my Christmas shopping in August as a lot of people I know get the usual Christmas stuff from their families and appreciate the gifts I find for them earlier.

As for when Christmas decorations should be put up, I have no answer to that as we have a store in town that is open year round and Santa's Village is only open in the summer time which I think is really quite hilarious!

I use a fake Christmas Tree, I don't like the idea of cutting down a perfectly beautiful living tree that shelters a lot of the wildlife up here, especially the little birds!

April
Do you happen to live near Burk's Falls? I remember a couple years ago I went to a beautiful Christmas shop, and I can still remember the sign outside the door that said "Christmas is 133 days away!" or something to that effect. It was the coolest store, but I can't remember what city I was in...lol! I think it was either Burk's Falls or Huntsville... heh.

My mum likes to get her Christmas shopping out of the way so that she can have it paid off by Christmas. In that respect, I think stores should maybe have a little bit (maybe 1/2 an aisle) with gift bags and wrap and tags and things in late September or so, just 'cause mum likes to get it out of the way, and I'm not sure if she's the only one like that.

I agree that they should wait until after Remembrance Day to bring out the big displays and things like huge Christmas trees and Santa Claus'!

We have a fake tree. We only had a real one once, and we found out that my poor dad was allergic to it. We opened presents on Christmas day underneath it, and the darn thing was out of the house the second breakfast was finished!
post #19 of 26
AFTER THANKSGIVING! Yeah, I went into Walmart at the beginning of September and the Xmas decor was already up! GAG!!! Let us celebrate one holiday at a time please! I like them, but geez! no wonder stores are able to say their Xmas profits are increasing, you start in July and it'll be half your take. Stupid.
post #20 of 26
I know I'm weird, but I had my Xmas shopping done in June. I just have stocking stuffers left and some tidbits for our son.
post #21 of 26
They start earlier each year, it seems. It's so dissapointing that it has become such a materialistic thing more and more. When I was growing up, Christmas stuff always came out on Thanksgiving day and I think that is plenty early! But that's just my humble opinion!

PS: I do shop for a few gifts before then because it's the only way I can do it. But it's the big to-do I think they should wait to push.
post #22 of 26
Just to put my 2 cents in... its all too commericalized. Bugs me to no end. Get back to the spirit of the holidays instead of seeing how much you can sell.
post #23 of 26
Since I work for Walmart, I don't have much choice when we put up the Christmas stuff. We started getting our Christmas ornaments & knicknack stuff at the beginning of August. We actually hadn't received any Halloween things at that time yet. Since my store is so small, we don't have much space to hold the stuff until late fall...so we had to put it out. I really don't like having the stuff out yet...it's still hot outside & no one's in the Holiday mood yet. But surprisingly enough, people are buying it like crazy.
post #24 of 26
I try to buy the x mas stuff I like as soon as I see it because whenever I have gone back everything is gone.

I have more Halloween stuff than xmas though. LOL
post #25 of 26
I was at Greenback Dollars, yesterday and the Halloween and Christmas stuff are on the same shelves. I got the cutest little figurine, for 69 cents - its a black kitty, wearing a tall, purple witches' hat.
post #26 of 26
The "Lebkuchen" (Christmas gingerbread cookies) have been on sale here for a few weeks. That's way too early. I do my Christmas shopping in August, but I really think that the Christmas decorations shouldn't go up until after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) or at least Halloween (elsewhere, provided it's celebrated). It ruins the Christmas spirit, because you've been seeing the stuff for so long that you've become oblivious by the time December rolls around.
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