The Christmas Creep Free Zone

The Christmas Creep Free Zone

For weeks now we’ve been receiving word – Christmas is out in many stores. Summer arts and craft festivals feature Christmas goodies, artists are recording holiday albums in studios, and later this week the world marks Leon Day – the halfway point to Christmas. Hallmark is releasing their catalog of new Christmas ornaments and the cable shopping channels are gearing up for hours and hours of “Christmas-in-July”. Christmas, it seems, is everywhere. But something is missing. Do you know what it is? It is the absence of complaint. It is the silence of un-merry dissent. It is the non-cry of the unsettled, uncomfortable-with-early Christmas citizen. Welcome to the Christmas Creep-free Zone, friends. Enjoy this while it lasts. Christmas in AmericaRead more

Battling the Misguided War on Christmas Creep

Battling the Misguided War on Christmas Creep

One of the modern trends of Christmas is the complaint against it: some people either just cannot stand Christmas altogether or simply do not like to see it too early. The media calls it “Christmas Creep”, an annual gripe about Christmas mostly showing up too early in stores or too soon on radio or television stations. The complaints can be bitter. From Orange County someone going by the name of Frumpy Mom rails against Christmas too soon. Some complaints about it give you pause. In Canada a movement continues to encourage refraining from the decorating and commercialization of Christmas until after Remembrance Day, fearing that the nation’s veterans are getting overlooked because of the early Christmas. They have a goodRead more

Great Debates: Christmas in Stores Before Halloween?

Great Debates: Christmas in Stores Before Halloween?

By Jeff Westover (Author bias: I’ve worked in retailing for 32 years. I also manage 30+ Christmas websites, which likely exposes my full pro-Christmas bias. But on this piece I lay claim to a purely American and capitalistic stance: if I can sell ice to eskimos, I will. I’m in favor of Christmas merchandise in stores year round, the more the merrier). The Consumerist.com, an online off-shoot of Consumer Reports, launched a campaign in late October 2011 encouraging their readers to “fight back against retailers who put out holiday merchandise too soon”. (They broke this “story” on October 25th, a week before Halloween. Isn’t that a little late to party? I’m just sayin’…) What they want readers to do isRead more