Merry what now?

Christmas balloons at Star Market in Dedham

At the Star Market in Dedham tonight. The bulletin boards in the over-pumpkin-spiced lobby had green garlands.

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Not just us

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Reading uhub at 9am in a McDonalds in Asia. Just realized they're playing Xmas carols....

Ps- breakfast menu is exactly the same as in the US. That is, except for the chicken party with rice combo meal.

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Sausage biscuit

for a dollar (6 1/3 yuan)?

That's some serious calories per dollar (yuan).

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You know

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I know some places put the Christmas out early because they have to move merchandise when it's ready. The winter Twinings teas, the Milano cookies in the red bags, even some of the Christmas home decor has to fill shelf space and be sold in time for Christmas.

But helium balloons? Those won't last the week.

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Move merchandise when it's ready

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What a totally bogus excuse for force Christmas on us even earlier. Of course, people in retail are too dumb to realize that if they actually bothered to restrict Christmas sales until after Thanksgiving, they would actually make MORE money then they're making now.

And if your distributor is shipping the stuff too early, then perhaps it's time to find another distributor who works on your schedule instead of requiring you to be a slave to theirs.

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Irritating, but let's not get carried away

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Every time I hear someone say that something is being forced on them, I suspect that they're overdramatizing, and I'm rarely wrong. Don't misunderstand me, I also have the "oh wow what next" reaction when I see Christmas decorations in the stores more than two months early...but let's be honest, it's really not very high up on the "crap we have to deal with" scale. That giant, slightly malignant-looking elf isn't actually going to swoop down and bite your head off, although he does sort of look like he'd like to. You're not being "forced" to do anything; simply ignoring it is a perfectly viable option.

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Sorry, but when retailers

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place decorations and sale items that are out of season, they're forcing the holiday on their customers - whether or not those customers choose to buy the items or not.

And, with respect, it's kind of difficult to ignore something as obnoxious as Chirstmas creep when it's being forced down your throats everywhere you go.

That's the whole point here.

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Incidentally

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I've often noted how major retailers seem to be oblivious to the local weather when pushing merchandise distribution to stores. In the Northeast, I was perpetually annoyed when I'd need a winter clothing item (hat, jacket, gloves) in January and only be able to find lightweight windbreakers and cute fashion spring hats. Imagine my schadenfreude when I moved to California, and found shops packed by August with shearling gloves, fleece hats, scarves, and sleds when it's been 85 on Christmas Day, only to be piled untouched into the 90% off bin by March, when it was again 80 degrees out.

However, I recently visited the Target in Kona, Hawaii, and guess what? They managed to have seasonally appropriate merchandise. Even though stores near my home were all-in for winter during a 90 degree heat wave, the Hawaii Target managed to have sandals, sundresses, and swim gear properly stocked, with nary a shearling boot or wool sweater to be seen.

If Target corproate figured out that they could save money by not paying the exorbitant shipping prices of floating barges full of unnecessary winter clothing to Hawaii, and even make money by selling people things they actually needed when they needed it, then clearly, they are capable of extending that principle to the rest of the country to save and make even more money, while better serving their customers! And yet, the rest of us still have to plan our purcahses three seasons ahead, scrambling to scoop up extra gloves by October lest we lose one in February, and windbreakers in April lest we have a warm fall.

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Well...

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...the Hawaii Target managed to have sandals, sundresses, and swim gear properly stocked, with nary a shearling boot or wool sweater to be seen.

In most locations, the average temperature varies only a couple of degrees all year, so apparel is generally the same year-round.

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I guess..

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I guess you just have a much lower threshold of "forcing" than I do. Tell me, when you drive down the highway, do you think the government is forcing the color green on you? All those signs and all.

And, with respect, it's kind of difficult to ignore something as obnoxious as Chirstmas creep when it's being forced down your throats everywhere you go.

Again, reasonable minds may differ. I see a difference between "kind of difficult to ignore" and being forced. The "they're forcing their icky lifestyle on my delicate sensibilities" plaint has often been used by those who feel that public spaces should be configured to suit their personal tastes, usually IMO without merit. You get to redecorate your bedroom to suit yourself, but when you're talking about something that is not your space, I'd say you need a more compelling argument.

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I'm just waiting

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I'm just waiting for department stores to have a "holiday" section year round. A section of the store you can get Christmas Decor in June. Easter in October. And Halloween in Feb.

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I guess

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but even their inventory for seasonal items is very limited in an 'off season'.

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Not God

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I don't think it was God, because the one time I walked into a Christmas Tree Shop, I was pretty sure I was in hell.

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Oh cripes

I don't usually look at UH before bed, but tonight I did, and I don't know which to be more rage-y about - the fkng goddamned balloon Santa or the exceedingly stupid Tribeca thing.

Either way, now it's time for Alka-Seltzer, and good night.

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Perpetual season

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The most hilarious thing about forcing all this unnecessary Christmas stuff on us at a wildly inappropriate time is that they don't even wait until Christmas is actually here to remove it. About a week and a half to two weeks before Christmas, all this merchandise is strategically removed and flung carelessly into into a bin or crammed onto one display table or shelf while the Valentine's Day merchandise is artfully laid out. We have come to a strange sociological point where we are perpetually in an ongoing "season" of something and the day the season is meant to celebrate is looked upon as an anticlimax.

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