The Ottumwa Courier


September 27, 2013

What about fall?


And if you need further proof that Christmas comes too early, my 10-year-old stepson thought I was bringing Halloween too early. "Tracy, why do we have Halloween stuff up when it's not Halloween yet?" Just imagine what he must be thinking about saturation of Christmas displays lighting up our stores.

Even at work, I see the holiday skipping going on. We recently ran an article on how Walmart hosted a three-day weekend in August, yes AUGUST, for children to select their favorite toys for the holiday "hot toy" list. And I've already seen ads featuring holiday themes. Last I checked, Christmas was in winter, not the dog days of summer.

I understand that businesses have a bottom line and that Christmas is a big time of year for high sale volume. I understand that people want to shop early to help spread out the expense of gift shopping. But I'm afraid as this trend progresses, eventually Thanksgiving really will be forgotten. Last year, we saw stores opening their doors at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving for Black Friday sales. What's next? Black Friday shopping starts as soon as trick-or-treating ends?

I'm not saying you need to hold off on that perfect gift that's 50 percent off right now. Go ahead, buy it. Plan ahead. Be smart. Like I said, I already have ideas of what I want to do for the holidays. But do we really need huge chunks of our shopping centers set aside for holiday items in September? No, we don't. It gets nauseating.

So, I'm going to go ahead and take pictures of the boys in their costumes, sneak some of their candy and get sleepy off pumpkin pie and turkey before I break open my boxes of Christmas decorations. We owe Halloween and Thanksgiving that much.

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