Cashing in on Santa

Cashing in on Santa

The commercialization of Christmas is reaching ever new heights as retailers and marketers continue to try to cash in on Santa. From movies to music this has always been the case but the presence of Santa in the marketplace has usually been utilized as a draw — bring in Santa for the kids and the parents will come along to spend money. That used to be the conventional thinking. But now they are starting to charge access to Santa himself — and that has people outraged. A Chicago-area mall is under fire this Christmas season for charging a $10 non-refundableRead 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 untilRead more

Macy’s Christmas Suits a Hot Trend in 2015

Macy’s Christmas Suits a Hot Trend in 2015

Macy’s is skipping right past the ugly Christmas sweater trend this year and going into the ugly Christmas suit business. For $99 you can either order online or walk into any of 310 Macy’s stores nationwide and pick of a dandy party favor like this: For as much as Macy’s would love to claim being cutting edge on this one they are really just riding the wave of popularity that these suits established last year in London. Just three years old, the OppoSuits brand is sold in high-end retailers and specialty boutiques across Europe. Macy’s began offering several of theirRead more

Social Media Awash in Teen Christmas Dancers

Social Media Awash in Teen Christmas Dancers

It is the middle of October but we’re seeing something even we think is a little weird on social media: teen girls dancing like mad to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You”. Most claim to be just really excited for Christmas but there are literally thousands of videos like this swarming social media right now: In honor of stevenson's Christmas themed game tomorrow pic.twitter.com/HVUCZenqxY — Emily Klott (@EmilyKlott) October 16, 2015 person: do u believe in spirits? me: yeah… CHRISTMAS SPIRIT pic.twitter.com/nc6gMRswH2 — maddy (@maddy__jullieta) October 16, 2015 when you're ready for Christmas pic.twitter.com/22Gc075keX — Kasey Newman (@KaseyyNewman)Read more

Retailers Starting to Avoid Thanksgiving Openings

Retailers Starting to Avoid Thanksgiving Openings

In recent years the waters of Black Friday were significantly muddied by retailers pushing store openings to Thanksgiving Day. The move resulted in both a public and employee backlash who prefer Thanksgiving as a time for family and personal time off. Social media campaigns were launched to boycott Thanksgiving sales and holiday traditionalists were quick to criticize the money-grab. But retailers insisted they had to do something to combat online retailer who were capturing sales during Thanksgiving hours. Now it appears offline retailers are starting to cave. More than a week ago troubled retailer Staples announced it would not openRead more

Walmart Launches Christmas Layaway

Walmart Launches Christmas Layaway

Walmart is getting the jump on Kmart this year by being the first major retailer to advertise their Christmas layaway. The world’s largest retailer is opening their program in conjunction with a marketing push of their new Toy Week promotion which promises to highlight as many as 500 new Star Wars themed toys. The newest Star Wars film is slated for release at Christmas. Kmart for three years running has poked fun at itself — and endured a lot of media heat — for mentioning Christmas in the same breath as their layaway program because it launches still during theRead more

Pumpkin Season Marks the Long March to the Holidays

Pumpkin Season Marks the Long March to the Holidays

The gloss is still on the new new backpacks and shoes of back-to-school season but that does not stop the rise of “pumpkin season” — a time of fall-theme products that some say put them in the mood for the holiday season. Starbucks has kicked off pumpkin season this year with the startling news that their wildly popular Pumpkin Spice Latte will, for the first time, actually contain pumpkin. But Starbucks is far from the first to offer pumpkin flavored or themed products. Hitting shelves now are pumpkin beers, pumpkin sodas, pumpkin cookies, ice cream, cupcakes, candies — even PumpkinRead more