How early is too early?

@dorannmwin (36698)
United States
September 16, 2012 10:56pm CST
Well, the family ran to the store over the weekend and much to my surprise there were already some Christmas decorations up. Come on here, it is only mid-September. There is still Halloween and Thanksgiving and even the big 2012 Presidential Election to go before I can even start to think about Christmas. So, has anyone else seen any Christmas decorations at the stores yet? What about you all, do you think that mid-September, more than three months before the actual holiday is far too early to start seeing decorations in the stores?
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@velvet53 (17721)
• Palisade, Colorado
17 Sep 12
I haven't noticed any Christmas decorations in the stores yet. I do think it is way too early for them to be out. Why can't we get over a couple of other holidays first before they put out Christmas stuff.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
18 Sep 12
That is exactly the same way that I feel as well. You know in addition to the fall holidays, I also have both of my children's birthdays that fall between now and Christmas. With my daughter I would really like to be able to separate her birthday from Christmas, but that is impossible for me to do since she is a December baby. However, my son shouldn't have to compete with Christmas because his birthday is in October.
@velvet53 (17721)
• Palisade, Colorado
18 Sep 12
I know what you mean. My sons are grown now but their birthdays are in November and December. Thank goodness things weren't like this back then.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
19 Sep 12
I honestly have to say that I wish it wasn't like that now. Of course for my daughter, it could have been a lot worse, she was actually due on the 27th of December but she had other plans and my water broke over three weeks early. She was considered a preemie, but just by one day.
@ShyBear88 (18618)
• United States
17 Sep 12
I've seen some Christmas stuff I even got an email last night about what we want for Christmas or what we want family to look at to get the kids for Christmas. I do agree it's a bit too soon. I can't think about Christmas till Thanksgiving time but normally I start thinking about it after my birthday in October because if I don't get what I want then I just try to get it for Christmas then. I'm not even in the Christmas mood. I'm in the lets pack mood and keep my insanity in-tacked.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
18 Sep 12
I can't even begin to imagine the stress that you are going through with trying to pack with two small children in the house. But I know that you are going to be able to get through it and it is going to be great for you to be closer to family. With that said, I do think about Christmas shopping throughout the years, especially when there are great sales. However, I don't need decorations and Christmas music to make me think about my holiday shopping.
@ShyBear88 (18618)
• United States
19 Sep 12
When my parents where here they helped with the toddler. It's not too bad but there are days where you one will start crying then so will the other. Now I'm coming down with either another sinus infection or a cold. The packing is stressful but my husband is helping where he can with either taking care of one of the little ones. I always do some packing after 9pm because one is in bed and the other is almost always sleeping. I just realized we will be closer to our high school friends. Pretty much none of them have kids. I can only think of two other girls that have kids. One is is pregnant with her first the other has two little kids one older then my daughter and one the same age. I do looking for Christmas presents but I don't do the decorations or the music till some time after Thanksgiving. I can't get in the mood for Christmas till after getting fat on Thanksgiving day.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Sep 12
That's me, I will start thinking about my decorations after Thanksgiving Day, but I won't start executing until after Kathryn's birthday (the first week in December) because I do like to keep her birthday and Christmas as separate as possible considering the two are exactly three weeks apart.
@peavey (16876)
• United States
27 Sep 12
Yeah, that's pretty early. I think the only Christmas stuff I've seen is at craft stores and that makes sense. If you make things for Christmas, you have to get started early and you have to buy things to work with. Otherwise, it's a little early!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
2 Oct 12
Whatever you do, don't go into Wal-Mart. I had actually gotten to the point that I was kind of okay with the one Christmas tree. But then last week my best girlfriend and I made the mistake of walking in through the garden center at Wal-Mart and it was Christmas trees galore. I would guess that there were 25 different display trees and all kinds of different Christmas lights. You know with Christmas starting this early, I am kind of feeling like the Grinch.
@peavey (16876)
• United States
2 Oct 12
I haven't been to Walmart for awhile but I'm not surprised. I do love Christmas, but like you, with it starting this early, I'm not exactly enthused. The problem with starting so early is that by the time it actually gets here, we're burned out and it doesn't seem like the special time it should be.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
3 Oct 12
That is exactly the way that I feel. I remember when I was a little girl that Christmas was so very special to me. Now that I'm older, I don't really feel that Christmas is as special and I do think that a large part of the reason for this is because of the fact that Christmas is a lot more commercial today than it was when I was growing up.
@celticeagle (121067)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Sep 12
I haven't seen any Christmas decorations but I did see Halloween candy out the beginning of this month. If people are organized and short on money starting now with CHristmas decorations might be a good idea. I bet there will be some Christmas stuff up next month. No, I don't think three months is too early to start selling decorations in the stores.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
18 Sep 12
I can see where it might be something that would be important for people that are working on a budget. However, for me, I operate my budget in such a way that I will have the money that I need when the Christmas season is closer.
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@celticeagle (121067)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Sep 12
I like to look them. And I have to wait until the season is closer also.
@Wimobl (20)
• Netherlands
17 Sep 12
Well..here in The Netherlands i have seen the Christmas postcards already in the stores. I'm waiting for everything else to get in the stores now,because i love Christmas en love decorating the house inside and out. But i agree that september is a little bit soon to be talking about Christmas.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
18 Sep 12
I love Christmas as well, especially now that I'm a mother and I get to see the looks of wonder on my children's faces as Christmas comes around. However, both of my children still have to celebrate their birthdays this year before it will be Christmas. My son has an October birthday and my daughter has an early December birthday.
@Wimobl (20)
• Netherlands
18 Sep 12
Same here,my daughter has her birthday beginning of november. My two sons (twins) at the end of november.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
Just the usual Hallmark ornaments that come out in June...
• San Jose, California
17 Sep 12
I have seen the Hlaamark decor that comes out in July in time for collectors,but so far it's been mostly Halloween.I don't mind that too much because Halloween decor is useful for general decoration.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
18 Sep 12
You know this year I haven't been able to see the Hallmark ornaments because of the fact that I've pretty much put myself on a spending freeze.
@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
1 Oct 12
hi dear dorannmwin, no decorations up here yet but all these Christmas Goodies like gingerbread and Christmas Cookies are sold already. I am not a happy camper cause as a child I had to wait till Christmas to eat them and I think this is right. Christmas is Dec 24 and no sooner.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
2 Oct 12
For us growing up it was always Christmas through December and I was okay with that and would still do it that way if my daughter didn't have an early December birthday and I want to keep Christmas and her birthday separate. However, the Christmas trees up in the stores in September and Santa Claus arriving at one of our local malls during the first weekend in November is just taking it way too far for me.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
21 Sep 12
I've been to a place where Christmas decorations come up September 1st. Obviously this is a place where Halloween isn't too big, and Thanksgiving is a Western tradition. It could be great as it could bring everybody to a Christmas-y mood, and if I'm a store owner then this could mean a longer promo period. I guess the culture is just different.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Sep 12
It probably is a cultural difference that makes the Christmas decorations come out earlier in the year. However, I really like to take the time to enjoy all of the holidays throughout the year.
@ryanong (9694)
• Vietnam
18 Sep 12
Wow, right now it is too early to start start seeing decorations for Christmas. In here people will start make decorations in the stores before Christmas 1 month only...
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
19 Sep 12
What I saw over the weekend was isolated in one big box store. However, there is no doubt in my mind that by the middle of October there will not be a store that you can walk into that won't be filled with Christmas decorations and such.
18 Sep 12
Business is really good in our country. As I said before once the calendar month will end in ber you can now hear Christmas songs in some radio stations. Some CD's and tapes on Christmas songs are now for sale in many record bars in the malls and stores. Likewise, different kinds of Christmas decors are for sale even in the sidewalks to have easy reach to passers who wants to decorate their homes for the coming Yuletide season.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
19 Sep 12
It just really feels too early for me. However, that is probably because of the fact that we do have two holidays to go through between now and Christmas. We have Halloween at the end of October and then Thanksgiving in November.
@surekharathi (14134)
• India
18 Sep 12
Ohhh in your country start the selling the ornaments or goods for Christmas Festival but now only Sept. month this is really early. Here in Nov. starts the preparation painting in home, decorate the shop etc.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
19 Sep 12
November (after Thanksgiving for us) is actually the official start to the holiday season. However, I think that it is getting earlier and earlier with the retail market because they are looking for ways to beef up their sales because of the sluggish economy.
@hereandthere (33423)
• Philippines
18 Sep 12
i hear christmas songs almost every day because the radio program my parents listen to that plays music from their generation also plays christmas songs regularly. decorations-wise, i think the earliest we've put them up was last week of november around my sister's birthday. we don't have halloween or thanksgiving, but we have all saints day and all souls day (november 1 and 2) when we go to the cemetery to visit our loved ones. when we finally put them up in december, we only turn on the lights of the christmas tree and parol (a star-shaped lantern) when it gets dark then make sure to turn it off before going to bed.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
18 Sep 12
We actually never put any of our decorations up in our house until at least the 5th of December. The reason for this is actually because of the fact that my daughter's birthday is December 4th and I really do think that it is important to keep her birthday and Christmas separate.
@STOUTjodee (3487)
• United States
17 Sep 12
I've been seeing Halloween decorations up , but not too much of Christmas. I like to start thinking about Christmas in November. But since my children are grown, holidays aren't as much fun as they use to be. I think the holidays are too commercial now days. It's not about how much money you can spend, it's about the religious part of the holidays that make the holidays special to me.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
18 Sep 12
Oh, there are plenty of Halloween things that are available right now and that doesn't really bother me because Halloween is the next holiday that we have to look forward to. However, Christmas is still over three months away and in my opinion that is just much too soon.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
17 Sep 12
Yes.....JoAnn's etc have had their decorations up for a while now...seems we hardly got past the 4th of July and they had Halloween up and now already discounted....then the Christmas stuff appeared. I think it's a bit early even as much as I love Christmas.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
18 Sep 12
I completely understand having the Christmas crafts available at the craft stores now because of the fact that crafters think about their holiday crafts throughout the year. However, those prepared decorations and such that I'm seeing at big box stores are enough to drive me nuts.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
17 Sep 12
here where i am in Canada, they generally wait until Thanksgiving is over (its in 3 weeks) until they put up Christmas stuff. i have only seen Christmas stuff already at Michaels, which sort of makes sense, especially for all those crafters who have sales over the fall.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
18 Sep 12
Now it would make perfectly good sense to me to see Christmas items at the craft stores because of the fact that crafters will think about the holiday throughout the year. However, at the big box stores I still feel like it is too early, at least wait another month in my opinion.
@kemak28 (738)
• United States
17 Sep 12
I've seen a few out already. The Dollar store was starting to get some out today but only one aisle of them. The rest were all fall and Halloween decorations. I love the holidays and decorating but I think it's a bit early! They should wait until Halloween is over or almost here to bring out Christmas items. The one radio station here is going to be playing Christmas music an hour each day coming up soon. That is way too early!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
18 Sep 12
We do have one radio station here that goes to an all holiday music format, but that is not going to be happening for another month and a half, they start playing it on November first.
@lynboobsy11 (11346)
• Philippines
17 Sep 12
Yes we have it here, starting in the "ber" months stores are already busy decorating their new stuff and decoration for Christmas and even playing Christmas carols too. There is also an early shopping gifts that offers more cheaper than the original sale.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
18 Sep 12
When it comes to my holiday purchasing, I will admit that I've been doing that for a while now. But I don't need to see decorations in the stores this early to convince me to do my shopping, I'm much more swayed by a really good sale.
@much2say (40986)
• United States
17 Sep 12
Oh yes . . . isn't it crazy?? Some of it is already on sale (like at Kohls) . . . this whole retail holiday schedule is nuts! Now, I don't mind great sales . . . I'm Christmas shopping right now anyway. But really, I don't want to see Christmas stuff up because by the time it's December, Christmas won't feel so "new" (which of course by then the Valentine stuff will be up!). It's almost like it's all scheduled so we get to think about the next holiday and shop for it . . . I can't just "enjoy" the holiday of the moment. It seems like if you go shopping for the current holiday closer to the actual holiday date, all the good stuff is gone by then or the stores have put most of it away!!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
18 Sep 12
You are right about not being able to find any of the good stuff by the time that it is getting close to Christmas. Just like you, I'm already doing my Christmas shopping but that is mostly because of the fact that I was brought up to look for clearance and deals and thus I've learned to do my shopping throughout the course of the year.
• United States
17 Sep 12
The stores around here are still very much on Halloween. Of course, I don't generally go near the department stores, so I'm not certain what they're doing. The small, local stores around here, though, seem to stick close to what holiday is coming up.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
18 Sep 12
We really don't have a lot of local stores around here, so I don't really know what they are doing. The store that I'm referring to is one of those big box stores though.
• United States
17 Sep 12
It is terrible that the stores have already started with the Christmas decorations. I live in Nevada and the Halloween candy has been in stores since August. I know that I will be starting my crafting at the end of the month. I will be making Christmas Ornaments and am hoping I can sell them online soon. I am also making a budget on what to buy for other people and how much I want to spend.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
18 Sep 12
I will admit that I have started some of my Christmas shopping for this year, but that is in terms of toys for the children and such and I have made all of those purchases on Amazon with my gift card balance. As far as Christmas music and decorations, those things are going to have to wait until after Halloween for me.