Tuesday, December 02, 2008

One holiday at a time

I like to observe the 'One holiday at a time' rule, as I know many of you do, as well.

That means no funny Thanksgiving emails until the day after Halloween, and no Christmas emails until the day after Thanksgiving.

The same goes for home and yard decorations. No Christmas lights until you take down the Thanksgiving wreath the day after. It should be a law.

Unfortunately it isn't. The week before Labor Day I saw Halloween decorations at the Dollar Store. In early November the grocery stores and WalMart were already playing Christmas music. I even noticed someone with a lit and decorated Christmas tree in their bay window before Thanksgiving. They could have had the decency to close the drapes.

Come on, people! Can't you just wait a few days? Can't we finish one holiday before rushing to the next?

And if that weren't bad enough, the department stores are worse! They are often a full 6 months ahead of schedule.

I remember going into a JC Penney between Christmas and New Years several years ago and seeing an employee putting up mannequins in swimsuits - in December! Hello... this is not Australia. Its cold here in December.

I also remember strolling through Macy's last Aug and seeing leather and suede coats and parkas on display. Once again - this is not Australia. Its stinkin' hot here in Aug.

I don't get it. Do stores really entice people to buy clothing during the opposite season? I don't know about you, but the last thing I want to think about in Aug as I stroll through the nicely air conditioned store in shorts, t-shirt and flip flops is a winter coat.

Seriously, people.

Can we have just one holiday and one season at a time? Please?

Crush du Jour: Luke Kirby


Nico said...

While I don't mind people celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving in the privacy of their homes, I couldn't agree more on shopping for clothes. I immediately feel so pressured on seeing those rows of winter coats in August and the summer stuff wiped from the shelves. It must be a back to school trauma in my case.

A Lewis said...

Ditto what you said! Thanksgiving is a completely different month, four weeks from Christmas, and they have absolutely nothing to do with one another. SEPERATE!

David Dust said...

I agree. The Department Stores think they can trick us in to spending more money if they rush the season - but seriously, who buys a parka in August??

Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!


Stephen R. said...

I'm SO with you on this!!! Especially with holidays. You know - - "Holy DAYS!" Keep 'em where they belong!!!

Mistress Maddie said...

Mark- Good luck on the holiday thing.I have been trying for years to get people to do one at a time. I drove pass a house just yesterday,and they had out there Christmas lights,turkey windows clings,and two pumpkins on the porch! I was so fucking confused!?! Being I work for Bloomies, clothing always comes out a season ahead,and from observation the only people buying a season ahead are the wealthy customers who want everything before everyone else or are traveling on a criuse where they need that type of clothing. Our personal shopper told me his clients are already buying spring and early summer fashions. WHAT? he said when summer finaly gets here they are wanting the damn fall clothes already. I can't believe it either tootes!

Mistress Maddie

EMikeGarcia said...

AMEN! Though I'm totally in the Christmas mood now... Searching through my iTunes for all my holiday music SUCKS! I gotta remember to keep them all in a playlist.

Bob said...

You are preachin' to the choir my friend.
Nothing I like less than seeing the holidays overlapping. Before you know it, we'll be stuffing the turkeys with fireworks!
Decorating the trees with colored eggs and bunnies.
Waving the flags and marching in parades on February 14.

Stop the madness.

Rick said...

It's really getting worse but stores have always got jumps on the season. I worked at Walmart years ago(oh the horror)and we'd spend the day after Christmas in the wee hours putting out Valentine candy on empty shelves