From a personal finance perspective, it’s a responsible strategy to start planning ahead months before the holiday season. However, I’ve noticed that every year, holiday decorations appear earlier and earlier in the stores. Walk into any craft store around mid-October and not only do you see Halloween decorations, but Christmas begins to creep in as well. Come November 1st, it’s Christmas, baby!
I don’t want to sound like a Grinch, but Thanksgiving seems to be overlooked in most main-stream shopping centers. Retailers, obviously, have more trouble raking in the dough during a holiday when one should be thankful for what they already have.
The Christmas/holiday spirit has obviously infiltrated my mind. My last three posts have been holiday related. See, all this holiday marketing has influenced me!
With that said, I can’t agree enough with this humorous rant from Mr. Senior on Saturday Night Live. Though I usually can’t stay up long enough to watch Saturday Night Live, I do sometimes check out clips the next day on NBC’s homepage. This one was particularly funny:
Okay, so maybe mid-November isn’t too terribly early to start decking the halls, but after Thanksgiving just seems more appropriate.
Do you think holiday decorations appear too early in stores? Or are you ready for Christmas and the holidays come October?