Christmas Has Arrived. What???

@gtargirl (5385)
United States
October 24, 2011 11:27pm CST
I walked into my local WalMart and found Christmas in October. Halloween stuff, obviously, crowded the red and green, but Christmas was definitely there. So when do you start your Christmas shopping? Apparently some stores want you to start now.
10 responses
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
27 Oct 11
of course they do and we do someshopping now but mostt hings ya want arent out yet or I havent found any like personal presents
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
13 Nov 11
Yeah, I would think that the best Christmas items, or gift-like stuff, wouldn't be available yet.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
13 Nov 11
might be out now I havent shopped for christmas just a birthday. Grand daughter wil be 7 next friday.
@celticeagle (121067)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Oct 11
I have a real problem with Christmas shopping. I have no credit card so to get anything much I need to find a place that does layaway. Last year we did one at K-mart. We asked ahead of time if one payment per month would be okay and was assured that it would be. We were asked to call in at the two week mark to let them know we were still interested and that we would be in the beginning of the next month to pay it off. All went well until we went in to get our items off layaway. We were told that the big boss had made them put things back out on the floor that hadn't been payed on at the two week mark. So the day after we called our things were put back out. We were so mad! We did get our items but only after waiting for them to get an okay and go get the items off the floor, etc. It was such a fiasco that we vowed never to go to K-mart again. Now Walmart has a layaway but if we have to do it the same way and they may not let us do it. So.....??!!
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
5 Nov 11
I'm still not sure how Lay-a-way works. But now that I've heard what you went through, it might not be something I want to do. It's weird to start it off so early though.
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@celticeagle (121067)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Nov 11
The store charges you a lay away fee(usually $5) and you pay on the balance over about an eight week period, every two weeks they want something toward the balance. It is great for people who don't use credit cards. Better to start off early and get it all paid off.
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@millertime (1398)
• United States
30 Oct 11
It seems like the stores put out the Christmas stuff earlier and earlier every year. It used to be that you wouldn't really see it until Thanksgiving but they blew that tradition years ago. Now it's by mid October and even earlier than that sometimes. I think some stores just want to get the jump on everyone else and get their stuff on the shelves first. It doesn't really bother me though. I just shake my head and laugh. I'm just not ready for the holidays that early, no matter what marketing tricks they try.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
13 Nov 11
Yeah, I'm with you. Their tactics don't work on me because I'm just not feeling the season yet.
• United States
29 Oct 11
I have noticed that also. Each year the stores start Christmas earlier and earlier. I had bought one gift and that was because I had seen something that my niece wanted (a Hello Kitty Purse). On Tuesday I will set up a budget and discuss things with my husband to see how much we can spend. I am always careful when it comes to budgeting and most of the time I am under budget.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
5 Nov 11
Good idea Randy, it's always wise to budget for Christmas, or any other event I suppose.
• Philippines
28 Oct 11
Honestly, I don't do Christmas shopping. I can't afford it. For the close family members, I give cash so that they can get what they'd love to have. It's the get-together party that we prepare for. More importantly, we bear in mind that Christmas is actually the birthday of Jesus and He is the main celebrant for the occasion. So, it's "happy birthday, Jesus." Have a joyous and peaceful Christmas, my friend.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
5 Nov 11
Yeah, I hear you, my friend. It seems people tend to forget the real reason for the season, though we probably have our dates all messed up. But that's beside the point. We have friends who actually bake a cake for Jesus on his birthday. Sweet, really.
@megamatt (14326)
• United States
26 Oct 11
I feel it is never too early to start your Christmas shopping. In fact, I have my shopping completely done before Christmas on Halloween. I do it a bit each time and eventually everything gets done. There are going to be a lot of times where people tend to get a little too nuts during that time of the year for my liking for me to want to be out and about shopping. Granted, I do a fair bit of it over the Internet these days, but still old habits tend to die hard. I think I picked that up from my mother, getting shopping done way early. So yeah, it might seem insane to have Christmas things out this early, but they are tapping into a demographic of people who don't want to deal with the insanity during the season and want to get things done. To me, that is actually a brilliant business move. It does in fact show a great deal of foresight when they are going to do such a thing. I do in fact salute them for doing such a thing so early in the year.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
5 Nov 11
Sounds like you're the type of person that's prepared for things way ahead of time. It make sense to do Christmas shopping a bit at a time. Probably feels easier on the wallet too.
@WakeUpKitty (8706)
• Netherlands
25 Oct 11
The shops over here (Netherlands) already have their Christmas stuff too, next too the Halloween and St. Nicolaas (Dec 5th) stuff. A bit weird and very early if you ask me. Especially because Dec. 5th is our biggest celebration day with presents. No Christmas shopping for me. i have enough to decorate my house (don't like that) and also won't be there. I spend the end of the year and start of 2012 in Africa.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
5 Nov 11
OH, Kersfeest!!!!! I don't remember much from Holland except for those chocolate letters. We always got one and speculaas as well. I was eight when we left right after I fell through the frozen pond in front of my school. I still have nightmares. Oh no, I suddenly have a craving for dubbel zout drop.
• United States
25 Oct 11
I'm so excited! I'm one of those people who by year round, but this major shopping will stop next week! I can wait, I love shopping for other people. And then it'll be time to get together and spend time with my family. I can't wait!
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
5 Nov 11
It is the best time of the year to spend with family. I just love it when it gets nice and cold. Maybe snow. Ah, a white Christmas right up the mountain behind our house. Fun.
• China
25 Oct 11
oh, it is so nice to think of the Christmas day which is on the go. To be honest, I am a Chinese, and I have lots of interesting holidays and festivals in my own countries. However, I also prefer enjoying the western holidays because both of them can make me happy and live a wonderful life. And for purchasing for the Christmas day, actually, I have not thought about it yet. Nevertheless, I would do the job two weeks before the holiday.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
5 Nov 11
Only two weeks before the holiday? That doesn't leave much time. But if you know what you're shopping for you should have no problem unless, of course, everything is sold out already. That would not be fun.
• Philippines
25 Oct 11
WE filipinos start feelign the Christmas as early as July but as the "ber" month enter definitely you can see houses with Christmas decorations already a lot also of us as early as now make some christmas shopping list or literally do shopping for the christmas gifts We filipinos also has the longest christmas ever celebrated coz we definitely end our Christmas right after the celebration of Senior Sto. NiƱo fiest
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
13 Nov 11
That is early. What happens if you change your mind about the gifts you've bought early? But it is a really good head start.