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Decking the Halls Too Soon?

Decking the Halls Too Soon?

The holidays are just around the corner. Or, maybe they’re already here? It seems that holiday decorations are popping up in stores, malls, on streets and homes earlier than ever before. I was in Macy’s two weeks before Halloween, and the trees were trimmed and the holiday tunes were already humming.

Not all stores have signed on for an early holiday season. Apartment Therapy posted a notice from the department store, Nordstrom that read:

“At Nordstrom, we won’t be decking our halls until Friday, November 27. Why? Well, we just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.”

According to the National Retail Federation, nearly 40 percent of Americans plan to start their holiday shopping before Halloween this year, and nearly 40 percent will start in November. Is the early arrival of the holiday spirit in some stores, an attempt to cash in over a longer period of time to make up for poor sales this year? If that’s the case, should we jump on the bandwagon and start decking the halls of our own homes earlier?

I’ve been noticing more and more home decor articles advocating for decorations that play double duty – from Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Eve.

For those inclined to start decorating early, this Better Homes and Gardens article provides holiday decorations that shows you how to decorate once and keep the holiday décor up to dazzle the whole season.

Do you follow suit with the stores that decorate early or are you ducking the trend and taking one holiday at a time?

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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6:16PM PST on Dec 24, 2013

.....and not just for Christmas, but all holidays.....

5:14AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

ty

5:14AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

ty

12:27PM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

Personally I love the Holidays.... so start the season..... =)

9:03AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:28PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Each year this question arises and flares more tempers than one can imagine.
Personally, I decorated a small, one-owner, shop for Christmas early...this did not include
Santa, a red/green theme and without the usual loud music...only instrumental. If anything else had been played, I would have been brain dead by the 24th.

Again,it's the big box stores getting in there early and freaking people out. In retail, Christmas orders are place in Jan (yes, immediately after Christmas), and start arriving in Mar/Apr...unpacked, priced and stored...sitting there until the general public think it is the right tine to display it and often extra staff is often required to handle it. One thing factored into all of this is most stores, such as hardware, drug stores, general merchandise, always have a 'seasonal aisle'...these are filled with product covered by franchise and in order to handle it, their contract requires them to display by certain days/weeks. An example right now is that Valentine items/cards are in this 'seasonal aisle'.

Included in all of this is the payment for the inventory, freight, travel cost to the shows...little wonder some shops are anxious to sell this product !

There are other factors, including craft people, fund raisers and had-made gifts for family and friends, requiring availability of Christmas items early in the year. Many tourists like to pickup items suitable for Christmas gifts in their travels, depending, of course, the location.

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1:18AM PST on Dec 26, 2012

Thank you for the article.

7:23AM PST on Dec 24, 2012

ty

5:40PM PST on Dec 22, 2012

I volunteer & shop at my local hospital gift shop....at least the proceeds go right back into the hospital for the benefits of the patients. Other shopping I do Internet by phone. I do not go to the Malls nor Walmart.

5:32PM PST on Dec 22, 2012

I spent over $150 just on shipping to family & a couple of friends this year. No more!

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