Christmas Really Is Earlier Than Ever This Year, And Here’s Proof

Everything Christmas is happening earlier. Even Christmas articles like this one

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Students from the Brazilian Santa Claus school throw their hats into the air, during their graduation ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, November 12, 2013. The school holds 4 days' lessons in Santa-training, teaching Christmas carols, how to interact with children, and also how to wear the heavy red suit in Rio's typical 104-degree (40 degrees celsius) summer weather that is common around the holidays.

In the U.K., there are grocery stores stocking Christmas pies that will expire before December 25th. Baristas in Singapore and Hong Kong are sporting Santa hats. And civil servants in Venezuela have already been paid their Christmas bonuses. You see, it isn’t just your imagination. Christmas really is getting earlier.

1. Hurry, there are only 108 Days till Christmas! According to the Daily Mail, Kmart launched their first Christmas-themed advertising campaign on Sept. 8, breaking the unwritten retailers’ rule which says there shall be no festive stuff until there are 100 days to go. The Kmart ad featured a creepy gingerbread man stalking a woman at her office and reminding her not to forget the company’s festive layaway promotion. The company’s Facebook page was flooded with complaints at the ad’s premature timing.

2. Retailers have known for at least two months what toys will be hot. And you were told weeks ago, here.

3. 24/7 holiday tunes have begun For U.S. satellite radio broadcaster SiriusXM, Christmas began on Nov. 12, when two of it stations — Holly and Holiday Traditions — began broadcasting nonstop yuletide tunes. That’s Nov. 12. Without let up. Maybe Kmart is a subscriber.

4. Venezuela unleashes Christmas by Presidential decree Who says market forces are purely behind the absurdly premature Christmas-themed preparations? In Caracas, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro wished his fellow countrymen a Merry Christmas by turning on the Nativity lights in front at the presidential palace two months ahead of the holiday and releasing two-thirds of public employees’ Christmas bonuses on Nov. 10 and 11.  According to the president, “Early Christmas is the best vaccine for anyone who wants to make things up, anyone who wants to stir up trouble and violence.” Obviously, he’s never tangled with the masses entering a Wal-Mart during the early morning rush on Black Friday.

5. And speaking of Black Friday, just forget about Thanksgiving In the U.S., a late Thanksgiving this year means less days for shopping between the winter holidays. Thus retail outlets have simply decided to kick off their highly anticipated festive promotions on Thanksgiving rather than Black Friday. So hold off on enjoying dessert and forget about the Cowboys game, because this year’s Furby is being sold at half price at the nearest mall.

6. Trees are on sale now (just make sure to keep them alive for the next month and a bit) In the U.S., households and public spaces have respected a long held tradition to hold off with erecting Christmas trees until after Thanksgiving has come and gone. Whatevs, say growers in Virginia. According to an article published by a Charlottesville paper, several Christmas tree outlets across the Old Dominion are opening a week early this year after heavy rains left them with plenty of pine stock to hawk to spirited Virginians.

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3 comments
erdTIME2013
erdTIME2013

I feel the reason people are starting Christmas earlier is because of all the pain our country and other countries have seen this past year.  We all seem to find love, peace and hope with Christmas! We long for some type of peace...I personally am finding myself wanting Thanksgiving and Christmas earlier this year, but not what I call MALL CHRISTMAS. I made this saying up, because I hate going shopping at the "mall & stores" paying too much and buying what I can afford for the few I can afford to buy for, and it's stuff none of us really want anyway. I told my family this year...I'm only shopping at yard sales, goodwills, and antique stores. Finding the real treasures and really enjoy the hunt. I don't care if it's used stuff...just because someone took something out of the box doesn't mean it's not good.  You can find stuff that's old and you don't pay but a $1.00 or kids toys, pictures, games, collectables...etc. I want to enjoy family and the season not the material stuff. I hope we all can change the way we think about Christmas and what the Corporations tell us Christmas should be!! I will start in 2013 how about you?

novocedatritui
novocedatritui

My pastor says she got upset by seeing these early christmas decorations. I feel pity on her.