Is It Too Soon for Christmas Shopping?

It's not even Halloween yet and some stores are already putting up Christmas decorations. Is it too soon to deck the halls or are you ready for the 2012 Holiday Season to begin?

It's an annual question for merchants and shoppers: How soon is too soon to deck the malls and shopping centers for the Christmas holiday season?

Some stores have already begun the process. Christmas music, decorations and layaway ads can already been seen in the shopping aisle at local stores. Halloween decorations still dominate, but signs of Christmas are already creeping in.

So what do you think? When is too early for the Christmas shopping season to begin? Do the decorations and Christmas ads entice you to buy early or make you grit your teeth and wish for more time before the holiday rush begins? 

Gail Lane October 18, 2012 at 01:51 PM
With more and more people buying online, I'd think the in-store retailers and trying to reclaim some of their share with early sales. But then again, my mom and most of her generation has Christmas shopping completed before Halloween - and has for YEARS - so she can enjoy other aspects of the season. As for me, Christmas shopping is like a contact sport and I love all the hustle and bustle.
Ryan Smith (Editor) October 18, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Same with my mom. She got all her Christmas shopping done by September. I, on the other hand, am that guy running around the mall on Christmas Eve.
Rex Smithers October 18, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Christmas Eve? Shocking! Where does your mom put all those shopping bags? Your room?
Gail Lane October 18, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Ryan, I think that is a "man thing"!
Rex Smithers October 18, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Right Gail because you never see women shopping in the mall on Christmas Eve. So what's a "woman thing"? Having a flat tire and opening the hood?
Gail Lane October 18, 2012 at 03:06 PM
I see you have a grasp of this man/woman thing! :)
Rex Smithers October 18, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I see you are clueless.
Ryan Smith (Editor) October 18, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Okay, you know what, Rex? This is a simple, noncontroversial question, and every one of your comments has been snarky and rude for no reason whatsoever. Gail was polite enough to ignore the snark. I won't be. Be respectful.
David October 18, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I did all mine during the after Christmas sales last year.
Vanzetta Evans (Editor) October 18, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Smart man David! LOL!
Vanzetta Evans (Editor) October 18, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I think it's fine for craft stores, etc. to advertise now because it takes time to make like the Christmas quilts and sweaters. I've seen ads for like Walmart & Kmart's layaways saying you can put toys & electronics on layaway, but no mention of the "C" or "H" words. That's fine. But one of their competitors has an ad with snow, Christmas lights and jingle bells already. That's too much for me to handle mid-October when I'm still struggling to put away my flip-flops.
Phoebe Hall October 18, 2012 at 03:53 PM
If a store puts out Christmas paraphenalia even before Halloween has come and gone, I simply don't shop there. And that's a 'me' thing.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew October 19, 2012 at 03:36 AM
With things being as rough as they are this year and last, I don't begrudge an extended "Season of Joy" on display, a preview if you will. But if radio starts playing nonstop now, I will go ballistic! AS a side note I MUST say though that last year, during the "season" I saw many drivers let opposing traffic make left turns on Hamilton Mill road. I really HOPE I see that again this year... (I know I HAVE a dream)
Melissa Steele October 19, 2012 at 03:34 PM
The commercialization of any holy holiday makes me sick. We no longer participate in any way other than meals and time together with friends and family. It's a HUGE relief to not feel pressured to shop for gifts. We make charitable donations instead. However, we have friends with businesses who count on holiday sales to make their income meet up to their needs, so, despite my disdain for the practice, I can see why it is important to many.
Angels with Faith Ministries October 19, 2012 at 06:43 PM
We run a Charity that helps families with Christmas & we are receiving 20 calls a day at Least & havent even begun taking applications,we dont start that until November 1st but Christmas is already worrying ALOT of parents we expect over 1000 kids this year just in our area in need of Christmas Assistance twice as many as last year.Angels with Faith Ministries Christmas Angels Program http://angelswithfaithministries.beep.com
Elizabeth October 19, 2012 at 09:01 PM
The greater question is, are these early shoppers also preparing and making plans early to celebrate Christmas for the real Reason for the season, the birth of Jesus Christ?
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew October 20, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Always a valid point
Lisa October 27, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I wait until the last minute... It the excitement of the holiday's.
Lisa October 27, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I agree Elizabeth.


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