Is Christmas coming faster this year?

I would like to report that the carton version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was on TV on Saturday night – Nov. 5. Doesn’t that seem early? Does TBS always show it that early?

I know a lot of the stores are starting their sales early trying to get people to go ahead and spend but is that speeding up everyone else’s schedule? It seems to me that Christmas is coming faster this year than other years. It seems like people are trying to skip November altogether and just jump right to December.

They’ve already put the Christmas lights on the cacti near our neighborhood – although they haven’t lit them yet. (Thanks Goodness.) And the new Michael Buble Christmas album is already at Target!

I’m not sure if I am feeling the pressure because my mom is currently in the throes of preparing for Fake Christmas – where they visit before Christmas and pretend it’s Christmas with my kids but its not yet. She’s been shipping packages to my house and calling me about sizes and asking what the kids would like. I’m feeling some pressure like I had better get on Christmas shopping but I’m just not there yet. I’m just trying to enjoy the pumpkin spice Silk (soy milk) that I picked up at the grocery store. I’m not ready for Christmas yet.

So is it just me or do you guys feel like everyone’s trying to speed up the schedule and just skip November altogether?

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scottieax

November 7th, 2011
12:54 pm

In TBS’s defense, there is something about the fact that when they play The Wizard of Oz as their weekend movie (which they did Friday, Saturday & Sunday this weekend) they have to play How the Grinch Stole Christmas once. I’ve noticed this the last 3 or 4 years and it usually happens in November.

I would completely agree that Christmas is coming too fast / too early this year though. I mean, the number of Christmas commercials that began airing on Halloween night was pretty shocking. I know here in Atlanta Lenox Square mall has been decorated for Christmas since at least the 28th of October (October!) with Macy’s starting even earlier than that and the Pink Pig has been under construction since September so it could open Halloween weekend. The Phipps Santa came on November 1st! I couldn’t believe it. Just last night I noticed that the little hamlet I live in has put up the town Christmas decorations. Why is everyone in such a rush to skip over Thanksgiving, which is considered by so many to be the quintessential American holiday? Each season and holiday should have it’s own time. Maybe I’m a traditionalist, but the Christmas season does not start until Noon on Thanksgiving Day when Santa arrives in Herald Square in NYC.

JJ

November 7th, 2011
1:09 pm

I started my Christmas shopping back in July. I have to start early, so I can budget my time and money. Every payday since July, I have bought a christmas present for someone in my family. Mom and I went to the Mall this past weekend, and she has already completed shopping for one of my nieces. I put some stuff on layaway last month. I’m usually finished shopping about mid-december, then I can relax and really enjoy the holidays!!!

Mrs. G

November 7th, 2011
1:10 pm

I feel like it’s SUPER early this year! I was shocked when my DH and I went to the movies last Wednesday (at a movie theater at the mall) and the mall was decorated. And, when we went shopping for Halloween costumes at Target a few days before Halloween, the Halloween stuff was sharing the back of the store with some Christmas stuff. AND…last week a friend posted on Facebook about how a local radio station had started playing Christmas music. It’s just weird! As much as I love Christmas, I do want to enjoy fall and Thanksgiving first.

RJ

November 7th, 2011
2:03 pm

It is too early, but I don’t feel any pressure. Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus, not how many Christmas gifts I can buy. I’ve decided to skip the gifts this year with the exception of my kids and husband. My baby is due any day now and I do not have the energy to even shop online. Everyone will just have to understand. This is a first for me, but “Jesus is the reason for the season” not a gift. They can all look forward to birthday gifts next year. I’m excited about the birth of my little one.

Sluggo

November 7th, 2011
2:11 pm

Several years ago, radio station Peach 94.9 played a Christmas carol on Oct. 31st, mid afternoon. I remember because I had just purchased trick ot treat candy. The on air DJ said this was a “warm up” for the approaching holiday season.

Techmom

November 7th, 2011
2:11 pm

I think Christmas has been arriving this early for some time now… lots of stores have been decorating for Christmas and have holiday tunes playing by Nov 1. My son did make the comment about how it’s “too early’ when we stopped by the outlet mall one day last week to get new shirts for our Christmas pictures we had taken this weekend. I’m actually ok with it – motivates me to get started before Thanksgiving.

We did laugh last night as we passed a house a couple of miles from us that already had their Christmas lights on. I love Christmas lights! We’re having friends with young kids over for Thanksgiving this year. I think I’m going to get our outside lights and our big Christmas tree up the weekend before so everyone can enjoy them on Thanksgiving day.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

November 7th, 2011
2:13 pm

No comments on my mom’s fake Christmas?? shocked!!

Tig

November 7th, 2011
2:13 pm

My almost-7-year-old daughter asked me last week why stores were selling Christmas things already when they still had halloween decorations out just an aisle over. She told me flat-out that she didn’t understand why they couldn’t wait until December when that was the “correct month”, as she put it.

Tig

November 7th, 2011
2:17 pm

Theresa – at least that’s saner than our usual Christmas day routine. Wake up at our house, drive to my mother’s in another county, in the afternoon drive to my dad’s in yet another and then back home to our house again in the evening. My in-laws, who are also local, have their family christmas on another day because they know we need at least a day to recover! lol

mom2alex&max

November 7th, 2011
2:23 pm

Theresa, a “fake” Christmas makes sense to me if your mom can only come a certain time. Dec 25th is a made up date anyways. Who says we can’t celebrate Jesus’ birth whenever it’s possible to get together with families?

mom2alex&max

November 7th, 2011
2:24 pm

And on topic, I refuse to give in to pressure. I shop when I dang well want to. And that won’t be until December. The stores can put all their Xmas stuff in a juice box and suck it until then.

lisa w

November 7th, 2011
2:26 pm

Yes!! Can’t wait!! I play Christmas music in my office since Halloween!! Town Center Mall has Santa there already. I have been asking to put up one of our Christmas trees but hubby and kids won’t let me:( . As soon as the real trees start selling I will be there to get one. Love Christmas! Ready to light a fire but, GA just weather will just not get cold! We watched Christmas movies all weekend! The Grinch, Christmas Shoes, and Hallmark channel had a good Christmas movie also.

Loving it!

scottieax

November 7th, 2011
2:27 pm

“Fake” Christmas isn’t crazy! We used to do it with my great-grandmother when I was a child so that she could spend Christmas day with other members of the family, but still feel like she got to see everyone for Christmas. My family has also been known to celebrate Christmas (and Thanksgiving) a few days or weeks early to accommodate family members in the military who couldn’t get leave for the actual holiday or who were being deployed close to the holiday.

Sk8ing Momma

November 7th, 2011
2:31 pm

Christmas is certainly marketed earlier and earlier. This year is *definitely* the earliest I’ve seen.

Thankfully, I march to the beat of my own drum…I’ll get ready for Christmas when I’m ready. :) No pressure here!

Hannah

November 7th, 2011
2:32 pm

Macy’s at Perimeter was decorated a couple weeks before Halloween. That’s a little ridiculous.

Purple Drank

November 7th, 2011
2:41 pm

The winter solstice celebration by Pagans was the basis…..Well, it was robbed from the Pagans by the Christians. Don’t act all surprised because it seems to come sooner and sooner. Originally, it never was about Jesus. It was about the end of the short days and long nights. The Pagans knew the growing season was to return, so they celebrated.

The Christians stole it, then a couple thousand years later, someone decided to make a buck off of it…..Which turned in to billions of bucks.

Way to go Christians.

Me

November 7th, 2011
2:54 pm

I think the “fake” Christmas is okay and within reason since circumstances virtually prevent a “normal” Christmas in this case. Seems that Christmas does come earlier but I don’t personally feel any pressure over it.

jarvis

November 7th, 2011
2:56 pm

Coming faster is never a good thing.

HB

November 7th, 2011
3:02 pm

The ridiculously early push by stores, though, drives me crazy! I love that Nordstrom has promised no trees until Black Friday. I will happily watch Christmas movies that happen to be on and gaze at trees starting the day after Thanksgiving. First thing in the morning on December 1, I will hang my wreath, add my Christmas playlist to my iPod, and pick up a gingerbread latte while rocking out to Handel on my commute in to the office. Until then, I want to enjoy autumn.

JJ

November 7th, 2011
3:10 pm

Every other year we have Fake Christmas, on December 26. This year will be our fake christmas, as my brother won’t get his kids until 2:00 Christmas Day.

Then we will all drive down to Moms, pretend its Christmas Eve, spend the night, then have fake Christmas on the 26th……We’ll put a puzzle together, have some cocktails and munchies, help mom with dinner, eat, clean up the kitchen, let the kids open 1 present, then we all play a board game, have desserts, a few more cocktails and enjoy our small family. Then we’ll get up on the 26th, open presents, fix breakfast, then we all go home.

Our christmas present opening procedure takes 2-3 hours. We take turns opening presents, and there’s always a funny story about each present. We take a coffee break 1/2 way through, stretch our legs, then resume opening the gifts.

Traditionally, my brother and I alternate years, and we buy Mom an ornament for her tree. We have done this since we were kids. This year it’s my turn, and I already found one up in Dahlonega. It’s so fun looking at her ornaments and remembering how they got to her tree.

Razz

November 7th, 2011
3:11 pm

My family always has a fake Christmas, my job prevents me from traveling home to my parents on the actual holiday so I usually come a week or two before or the week after and we celebrate then.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

November 7th, 2011
3:27 pm

JOD

November 7th, 2011
3:27 pm

lisa w and my husband could be related. He’s been bugging me to okay Christmas lights since Halloween, but I’m holding firm to the day after Thanksgiving. That’s about as long as I can put him off :o) Actually, I love decorating for Christmas, so I’m ready after Thanksgiving anyway.

I think it’s silly to have Christmas in stores before Halloween, but it must sell, or the stores wouldn’t do it. Seems earlier every year…

JJ

November 7th, 2011
3:36 pm

I’m with HB!!! No Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving.

Golly

November 7th, 2011
3:39 pm

Last Monday (Halloween) while I was at Walmart attempting to buy candy last minute, they were shoving all the Halloween crap into the front middle store aisle and and other employees were restocking the seasonal shelves with Christmas junk. Today, in Walmart again, “Holly Jolly Christmas” and other holiday songs were being played throughtout the store. Absolutely absurd. If I am not ready, then I am not ready. Stores can try and play marketing mind games all they want, they don’t work on me!

I know, I know! I need to stop shopping at Walmart so much. Don’t most of us have a love-hate relationship with this store?

jarvis

November 7th, 2011
3:55 pm

I was just agreeing with you Theresa.

Valstake

November 7th, 2011
3:59 pm

Yes, retail establishments advertise and promote Christmas too early. I don’t put up out door decorations but will display some small, indoor Christmas decorations. I’m too frugal to waste the electricity on lights and am too lazy to put them up, although I do send out a number of Christmas cards which probably costs more, (not exactly a logical practice on my part;) I give no gifts.

Theresa – do you plan to post about the upcoming Mississippi “personhood” amendment to their constitution?

Marietta Mary

November 7th, 2011
4:02 pm

We had a “Fake Christmas” one year when we arrived home from Japan in January. Two aunts and their families held Christmas till we were home to celebrate. Another year we celebrated almost a month early when my dad came home unexpectedly from Turkey. I do most of my Christmas shopping in January (card, gifts, etc., are all on sale); some during the year. Put them away until December, and they’re all new! Also at least 50% off!

motherjanegoose

November 7th, 2011
4:08 pm

Having family come to visit you ANY TIME shows they at least care. No one comes to see us, from out of state. Of course, we are urged to visit them and received with welcome arms but the road only goes one way. Presents from Grandparents? What are those?

Here is a question I am throwing out…

I had a September meeting in Wyoming and orchestrated the entire trip to spend time with my husband’s sister and her family. We ENJOY visiting with them! We got together with all of the cousins and had a really nice time. It was fun. Last week, we were reminded that their daughter is graduating from college in December. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could come back out? I am scratching my head here. I love the daughter and she is a VERY nice girl. We had a GREAT time visiting them but that was 5 weeks ago. Their family has not been out to visit us in over fifteen years. Do we go back? No one came to our kid’s graduations or even each of our 50th surprise birthday parties. Not sure here.

HB

November 7th, 2011
4:19 pm

Scratching your head? Over an invitation? I mean, it sounds like that’s all it is unless they are the types to try and make you feel guilty if you turn it down. If you think you’d enjoy the trip and want to go, then go. If it’s a difficult time to go or you’d just rather stay home, then politely decline and send a congratulatory card.

I am not a rocket scientist...

November 7th, 2011
4:39 pm

…yet it seems pretty clear to me that Christmas will be on December 25, just like always, so, no, it is not coming faster or earlier – in fact, it is really coming LATER since the 25th is on a Sunday, which even though technically the first day of the week, it is sorta the last day for Christmas anticipation…

And, the Walmart in Cumming has been playing Christmas music over their loud speaker since November 1

Hey, JJ...

November 7th, 2011
4:41 pm

…did you behave yourself when your mom took you shopping last week?

jake

November 7th, 2011
4:46 pm

The stores are really pushing Christmas earlier this year. I went to a Kmart that had Christmas trees on sale mid October. I don’t fall for advertising. It’s everywhere . . . it’s noise that I ignore.

motherjanegoose

November 7th, 2011
5:02 pm

HB…I am scratching my head as to why we would travel 3000 miles r/t two times in two months, when no one else ever comes here.

Uh, motherjane...

November 7th, 2011
5:30 pm

…they were just being polite as they really did not expect you to accept the invitationn – so, all you have to do is decline with the same politeness…

Denise

November 7th, 2011
5:56 pm

@MJG – I think you can just send a nice gift and feel good about missing the graduation if you choose not to go.

RJ

November 7th, 2011
6:01 pm

@Purple Drank, if you’re going to tell history, make sure you tell the facts. The Winter Solstice was not stolen. Christians were attempting to convert the pagans. Instead of celebrating the winter season, they chose to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The same is true of Easter, aka Resurrection Day.

grits1am

November 7th, 2011
6:13 pm

the grinch is a cartoon, not a carton.

motherjanegoose

November 7th, 2011
7:00 pm

@ uh…were you on the phone with them? I was listening in as my husband was ( we were walking our dog) and they were talking about how much fun it was for us all to get together and this would be a good chance to do it again. Maybe you know them?

Valstake

November 7th, 2011
7:29 pm

@MJG – it’s time for them to come visit you! A nice gift and card is sufficient. Let me know if you ever visit the Tampa Bay area.

Uh, motherjane...

November 7th, 2011
7:51 pm

…it would really be great if you and I could get together to discuss this as I know you are a really great lady – please try to set aside time for us to meet as it will be great to meet you and talk with you…

Now, motherjane – am I graciously asking to meet you, or am I just being nice, with no real interest in meeting with you?

motherjanegoose

November 7th, 2011
8:10 pm

GEE…I do not know! Is Valstake serious and you are razzing me or the other way around? Was pws serious this morning at 7:29…I thought so! Several on this blog have agreed to meet me for lunch and I never thought it was a joke or that they were just being nice with nor intentions. Valstake…I do get to Tampa Bay sometimes. I am just back from Orlando. Did you REALLY want to meet me for lunch or are you also just being gracious? I do have friends all over the country, so I am great to meet new ones!

meme

November 7th, 2011
9:42 pm

I think that they started all the Christmas commercials much earlier this year then previous years….but, I guess with the economy the retail world have to make their sale pitches earlier to make their sale projections for the year.

BlondeHoney

November 7th, 2011
9:53 pm

Jarvis @ 2:56 LOL…agree with you TOTALLY

April

November 7th, 2011
10:07 pm

I wish my family would agree to Fake Christmas.

Becky

November 7th, 2011
10:07 pm

Love Christmas and can’t wait until we can listen to Christmas music @ work..I shop for gifts all year long and was just upstairs going thru gifts, just to see what I still need to look for..In my office, I have a wall hanging of Santa that hangs there year round..

We have had a fake Christmas for the kids the last eight years..They love it…Most of my family lives close by, so we don’t have to travel far to see them..

shaggy

November 8th, 2011
7:23 am

Nothing says Christmas quite like, “Christmas lights on the cacti”

LOL Theresa, you have officially adjusted to the desert.

motherjanegoose

November 8th, 2011
7:38 am

@ shaggy…or Santa in a swimsuit/tropical shirt …haha!

Uh, motherjane...

November 8th, 2011
7:46 am

Earlier yesterday YOU wrote “Here is a question I am throwing out…” and then you asked the question and ended with “Not sure here”.

People then responded and NOW you are arguing with their responses…sheesh…

Anj

November 8th, 2011
7:47 am

Best reason to do Christmas “early” is to put up outdoor decorations while the weather is reasonable.

I shop at Meijer and they move from on holiday retail season to the next ALL THE TIME. Thanksgiving doesn’t rate highly as a retail event, so they go from Halloween (major retail) to Christmas (biggest retail) instantly. Then to New Year’s Resolution season (fitness and diet), then Valentine’s then Garden/Easter, then Outdoor/Pool. Sports have their own retail seasons.

The real holiday is whenever my family decrees it to be. Thanksgiving will be on a Saturday this year and we haven’t set Christmas yet.