Is Christmas Coming Too Early?

Emily Koehne

Every year, right around Halloween, stores break out all of their Christmas decorations and products.  Many people believe that it is absurd to have Christmas come so early. 

“Some municipal districts and shopping malls are introducing Christmas as soon as September,” reports Amanda Leigh Brozana at the Philadelphia-based Republican Herald.  “Two days after Labor Day, I saw stores putting out Christmas displays,” said New Philadelphia local Donna Burkot, “It’s crazy!”

Christmas decorations are already up at Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, NJ. Photo Credit: The New York Times

Christmas decorations are already up at Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, NJ.
Photo Credit: The New York Times

“They should wait until at least three days after Thanksgiving because stores and social media do not give the public a chance to enjoy Halloween and Thanksgiving without stressing about Christmas,” said IHA freshman, Heather Farrell.

Some people even oppose Christmas music being played in public places.

“I think it should be illegal to have Christmas music in stores before Halloween! Who will sign my petition?” Rhonda Scharf tweeted last week, after hearing holiday tunes at a Bed Bath & Beyond store in Florida.

Many companies have already released their holiday products.  Starbucks, for example, came out with their classic holiday drinks such as the Peppermint Mocha Latte, Caramel Brulée Latte, and the Gingerbread Latte.  They are also advertising that “the red cups are back.”

Even though some people might think the idea of Christmas before Thanksgiving and Halloween is crazy, some companies rely on Christmas for sales.

“One week in the life of a Christmas business is like six or seven weeks in the life of a regular business,” says Friedman. “If sales are off for four days, that’s like sales being off an entire month in a regular business.”

Shopping days such as ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’ are major events across the country.  These days provide amazing deals for Americans.  For example, Walmart will be offering Microsoft’s older Xbox 360 on Black Friday for $99–an $80 savings.  At RadioShack, there will be a total of 213 items on sale for Black Friday.

Thanksgiving will be a record day for online sales, rising 27% this year to hit $1.35 billion, partially because of earlier store openings and better organization of e-commerce.  This year, Thanksgiving will be the most mobile shopping day, with 31% of digital sales made via smart phone or tablet.

“I think it is good that Christmas comes early because everyone is in a good mood during the Christmas season and it is also good for the economy,” says IHA freshman, Emily Rea.

So, should Christmas continue to creep up before Halloween, or should Christmas be stopped in it’s tracks and not come until after Thanksgiving?

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