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Old 11-08-2014, 02:33 PM   #1
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Bah Humbug - The Holiday Season Already

I got a holiday card already from my friendly insurance agent.

The holidays are starting sooner and sooner
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Old 11-08-2014, 02:54 PM   #2
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I can't help but notice that Costco among many other big stores will be closed on Thanksgiving. Nordstroms (where I almost never shop due to LBYM) has a sign out that says they will put up Christmas decorations after Thanksgiving. Maybe there is some hope.
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Old 11-08-2014, 03:01 PM   #3
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JC Penney and Macy's are in full on turn over of their stores this week. Bah Humbug indeed.
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Old 11-08-2014, 03:02 PM   #4
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We were in Target on Nov. 1st, and they had tons of Christmas decorations up, and we're playing Christmas songs on the intercom. No wonder I'm ready for the holidays to be over by Dec. 1st.
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Old 11-08-2014, 03:28 PM   #5
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The only store I've been in recently is the grocery, and they had a subtle Christmas tree up. "Subtle" in that it had no lights, and a few red ornaments shaped like some vegetable. Still, it is early.
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Costco will close on Thanksgiving and open very late for Black Friday - 9:30 AM.

Nordstrom's has a sign that they will not put up any Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving. Not that I can afford to buy much there.

There is some hope.
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My local mall already has a Santa for pictures with the kiddies.

It's like they totally forgot about Thanksgiving!
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Old 11-08-2014, 04:06 PM   #8
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The city of Mandan has started putting up Christmas decorations. I'm not ready for that yet.
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Old 11-08-2014, 05:00 PM   #9
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I thought I heard that Toys R Us announced their Black Friday will begin well before 12:01 AM Friday morning, starting on Thursday evening instead (Black Thursday?).

And I hear Christmas songs in some TV ads already, too! Egads!
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Went into Kohl's on Monday morning and they were in full-out tinsel mode. Gag.
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I've always been mystified at how people can work in retail for week after week with that music repeating over and over. I guess they learn to tune it out, but I'm not sure I could.
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Imagine working at Disneyland.

It's a small world after all ..
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Old 11-08-2014, 07:51 PM   #13
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Some stores here had Christmas displays next to Halloween stuff in October.
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One person's holiday is simply another day to me. I don't celebrate governmental, religious, or otherwise. Most all 'holidays' are just over-hyped commercial endeavors, to feed the greed, and reflect very little of what they were originally intended for. What others do is fine, as long as they don't try to rope me into the fray.
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Some stores here had Christmas displays next to Halloween stuff in October.
That was true here as well. I don't remember seeing them out that early until this year.
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One person's holiday is simply another day to me. I don't celebrate governmental, religious, or otherwise. Most all 'holidays' are just over-hyped commercial endeavors, to feed the greed, and reflect very little of what they were originally intended for. What others do is fine, as long as they don't try to rope me into the fray.
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+1000 Goonie!
I mean, Bah Humbug and all at 2 full months of Christmas. But gardenfun and goonie, remind me not to invite you to any parties. Sheesh. No disrespect intended, but no celebrations of any kind at all? Wow.
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I saw the holiday supplies aisle fully stocked at Lowes 2 or 3 weeks ago. On the drive up to Orlando yesterday one radio station we usually tune in was already in their Christmas music 24/7 mode. We went for coffee at S* and heard nothing but Christmas songs there. Not that I mind, but there are only so many times I can listen to Bing Crosby sing Mele Kalikimaka before my head explodes.

I write it all off as the need to "do something" coincides with "no new ideas" in the retail world. The good news, at least for me, is that means the Thanksgiving holiday is still not yet commercialized.
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Our local Walmart has had their Christmas stuff out for a couple of weeks. SIL is giving me ideas to decorate the outside of my workshop this year for the first time - starting with an inflatable Santa, maybe a sleigh on the roof. So far all ideas have been vetoed by DW.
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DH and I celebrate Christmas (not "the holidays") the old-fashioned way.

I send out about 20 cards to close friends and family with hand-written letters. We'll drive to the Carolinas to visit family and stay in the oceanfront Best Western where we always do, near my parents' place, for about $50/night. Our "gift-giving" to each other will consist of a trip to the Tanger Outlets where we'll stock up on jeans and underwear. And we'll go to church on Christmas morning and have Christmas dinner with my parents.

I have been reminded that the Christians "borrowed" a pagan feast and turned it into Christmas, but I feel like the rest of the world wrested it away from us and turned it into a major retail extravaganza as soon as they noticed Christians giving gifts to each other.
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