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macro
09-07-2005, 11:27 PM
If you haven't started yet, you'd better hurry before all the good decorations are gone. :rolleyes:

http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articles/0902decorations-ON.html

Christmas decorations arrive - for Labor Day weekend

Erica Sagon
The Arizona Republic
Sept. 2, 2005 01:33 PM
Back-to-school shopping is barely over, but retailers think people are ready to trim Christmas trees.

It's not your imagination: Holiday decorations are already on store shelves in the Valley, and in some cases, earlier than ever before.

Giant inflatable snowmen, artificial Christmas trees and nativity scenes showed up more than two weeks ago at Sam's Club stores. Costco has ornaments and lawn decorations, and Michael's Arts and Crafts Store is selling stockings and collectible figurines.

With Halloween merchandise just taking the stage in most stores and back-to-school sales ongoing, many shoppers shake their heads when they see Christmas decorations thrown into the mix.

"I'm not even geared up for Halloween yet," said Rena Marlar of Phoenix, who was shopping at a Phoenix Sam's Club on Wednesday.

But for retailers, it's never too early to start making money on the industry's biggest shopping season of the year.

"You want to put it on customers minds as soon as possible," said Delia Garcia, a Phoenix-based spokeswoman for Wal-Mart, which owns Sam's Club.

Retailers across the nation ring up more than $200 billion of merchandise - from clothes and electronics to greeting cards and tinsel - during the holidays, according to an industry trade group.

Last year, the National Retail Federation predicted people would spend an average of $35.91 on decorations and $702.03 overall. Spending has been increasing for several years.

"Consumers are leading the trend," said Ellen Davis, spokeswoman for the federation. "People like to get their decorations early."

Card shops, craft stores and discounters are typically the first to promote holiday merchandise, but most retailers wait until October.

"I think Christmas is a little too far off for most people, even for retailers," Davis said.

A Sam's Club manager in Phoenix said the store is still hoping to pull in lots of Labor Day sales, but that Christmas merchandise already is moving off the shelves.

At the Card Shoppe in Metrocenter mall in Phoenix, dozens of Christmas ornaments have been for sale since July. Two or three are sold a day, store managers say.

"We had a lot of people commenting on it when we were putting them up," said Erin Walters, assistant store manager.

Shopper Manuel Martinezof Phoenix said he might shop for gifts now. But he calls himself a traditionalist when it comes to décor, preferring to ignore holiday merchandise until Thanksgiving.

"Obviously someone out there is buying it," Martinez said. "I'm just not one of them."

LoganBuck
09-07-2005, 11:48 PM
I have been hearing holiday ads during talk radio programs.

KronoRed
09-08-2005, 02:16 AM
I saw wrapping paper at Biggs in August a few years back

MrCinatit
09-08-2005, 07:24 AM
i work for a nation-wide home improvement store strangely obsessed with the color orange. anyway, i put out freight for the garden/seasonal department and was looking at the open orders for that department...yeah...next week.

the horror. the horror. the horror.

zombie-a-go-go
09-08-2005, 08:59 AM
Negative, baby. It's halloween time. Christmas can wait.

As an aside, I remember my first (and last) date with a devoutly Christian girl a couple of years back; we were discussing holidays, and as I ran down the list of why Halloween was a much "cooler" holiday than Christmas, I realized that this gal wasn't going to speak to me again after I paid the check and we split.

Danny Serafini
09-08-2005, 09:32 AM
This is exactly why I've become less and less of a Christmas person every year. I'm at the point where if Christmas were to disappear, it honestly wouldn't upset me.

TeamCasey
09-08-2005, 09:37 AM
I'm becoming grinchier each year, I have to admit.

jmcclain19
09-08-2005, 09:52 AM
Uh, what if I didn't take last year's down? :cool:

REDREAD
09-08-2005, 10:22 AM
This is exactly why I've become less and less of a Christmas person every year. I'm at the point where if Christmas were to disappear, it honestly wouldn't upset me.

Yes, it's become a 5 month long shopping/commerical nightmare.

GAC
09-08-2005, 10:40 AM
We buy our decorations, paper, etc., during the after-Christmas sales when the stupid stores are trying to unload the stuff. They are giving it away! :lol:

westofyou
09-08-2005, 11:03 AM
Negative, baby. It's halloween time. Christmas can wait.

Not until at least the 15th of October IMO, the best time of year for the stores is post easter, no aisles of packaged fat boy sugar bombs and gaudy colors for the commericial driods to skarf up six weeks before the actual celebration. Now that's what I call shopping.

MrCinatit
09-08-2005, 11:07 AM
Uh, what if I didn't take last year's down? :cool:

you live across the street from me, don't you? :eek:

westofyou
09-08-2005, 11:10 AM
you live across the street from me, don't you? :eek:

That's my pet peeve... and yes I have torn down wreaths on neighbors doors in April, in the middle of the night before.

Blimpie
09-08-2005, 11:19 AM
Negative, baby. It's halloween time. Christmas can wait.

As an aside, I remember my first (and last) date with a devoutly Christian girl a couple of years back; we were discussing holidays, and as I ran down the list of why Halloween was a much "cooler" holiday than Christmas, I realized that this gal wasn't going to speak to me again after I paid the check and we split.What are you, a Pagan? :D

KronoRed
09-08-2005, 02:10 PM
Uh, what if I didn't take last year's down? :cool:

You plan ahead :D

TeamMorris
09-08-2005, 02:47 PM
I love Christmas! Not so much the gift part of it, just the feeling of the season. I guess I really can't explain it without sounding well...crazy ;)

But the stuff being in stores already is a bit over kill! I was honestly shocked last year at all the houses that had lights up before Thanksgiving! That is just wrong :nono:

macro
11-13-2005, 01:03 AM
Tonight we spotted our first fully-decorated house of the season. It was November 12.

ghettochild
11-13-2005, 01:48 AM
i thought the rule of thumb was after thanksgiving

KronoRed
11-13-2005, 03:08 AM
i thought the rule of thumb was after thanksgiving
Now it's after Halloween

GAC
11-13-2005, 05:32 AM
Got about 3/4 of my Christmas shopping done yesterday. :jump:

Got my oldest boy an XBox with a couple games.

Now get this though... my youngest boy (9) wants one of the older systems (NES) with games such as Kung Fu and Paperboy. I didn't know they still made these systems! Got a brand new one, and the games to boot.

Got my sister a DVD player. Shes a dinosaur, and still using VHS. ;)

My daughter still hasn't made out her list yet.

My wife and I don't shop for each other. We usually wait till the new year and then get something for the house.

We go down to my brother's house for Thanksgiving and spend the night. The wives then get up at 4:30 the next day for all of those Christmas sales. I refuse! My brother did it one year and almost got in a fight with a woman (and her cart), when she tried to forcefully cut in line. :lol:

We now stay home and babysit the 6 kids. It is so much easy since the advent of video games.

How many of you still send out Christmas cards?

I get into the Holiday spirit; but that is one tradition we gave up years ago.

westofyou
11-13-2005, 10:20 AM
and Paperboy.

Love Paperboy, good times playing Paperboy with Pedro back in the 80's.

GAC
11-13-2005, 08:39 PM
Pedro and the Man! :lol:

macro
10-23-2006, 11:34 PM
Okay, I'm gonna dust off this year-old thread to report the following:

Saturday night we saw two houses with lighted trees in people's houses already! The date was October 21!

One had orange lights all over, so I suppose that was an attempt at a Halloween Tree. :confused: The other had clear lights all over, so I'm assuming it was a Christmas tree.

I have heard of families celebrating early when they have a family member that has to leave home for active duty before the holidays arrive. That may have been the case, but more likely it was just someone who wanted to make sure they had the first Christmas tree of the season.

MrCinatit
10-24-2006, 06:10 AM
I saw one a week ago, I believe. Yes, it was Christmas lights.
Then there is the insane family which goes all out for Halloween, with the lights you can see literally two miles away and the blow-up decorations in the front yard - including a couple which move.
I attempted to take a picture, but my camera jumped off a bridge right after I took the shot. It could not take it.

macro
10-24-2006, 11:48 AM
I'm seeing people go all out for holidays like Halloween and Easter, in ways we never saw in the past. The affordability of elaborate props at places like Walmart and Target is helping this along.

Then you've got the autumn harvest time decorations that aren't tied to a particular holiday - corn stalks, bales of straw, pumpkins, mums, etc. We started doing that three or four years ago and now it's as much a tradition as the Christmas decorations.

Spring~Fields
10-24-2006, 12:21 PM
We went into Lowes the other day looking for fall fertilizer for the yard and found rows of artificial Christmas trees, lights and accessories. Thought that I could buy one of the skinny trees, you know save a buck, sprinkle some of the lawn fertilizer on it and by Christmas it would be fuller and bigger, the sales reps said it doesn’t work that way. :confused: