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Every year it seems like the Christmas shopping season gets longer and longer. This year, as I scrambled to find a Halloween costume for my son, I was startled to find a massive Christmas tree in the middle of our local mall. In October!

Back in the day it seemed like retailers would wait for Black Friday–the day after Thanksgiving–to start decorating for the Christmas shopping season, but these days, we barely get through back to school shopping before malls and department stores begin stringing holiday lights.

While I understand the need to maximize profits, forcing Christmas down our throats come October seems…a bit much. Not only does it scream, “We’re only in this for the money!” but it also diminishes–at least for me–the feeling of the holiday season.

So call me a Grinch, or a Scrooge, or a Holiday Hater if you want, but I’m just not ready for bad remakes of Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas,” sappy holiday commercials, and blinding lights just yet.

Can a sister get through Thanksgiving first? Shesh!

Have you noticed the holiday season lasts longer and longer? What do you think?

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  • I’ve walked into Macys in Brooklyn in October, and they already had decorations up. I think it’s a shame. We need to get past Thanksgiving first.

  • Candy

    I just did a mini-decoration session today. It is early, but our two kids love the decorations, and I kind of do, too. So by the time Thanksgiving is over, my 3 year old will have torn down the Dollar Tree garland and probably broken the snow globes, and I’ll just go buy a little more.

    But of course the the retailers have a motive. I don’t fall for it. I buy my kids 2-3 gifts each, and that’s the way it’s going to be forever. I don’t go broke just because it’s Christmas.