How worldly are consumers becoming when it comes to Christmas? At the rate the stores are going they are going to be leaving Christmas merchandise up all year. I was in the store just this afternoon at Walmart, and noticed that there was shelves being set-up and containing Christmas merchandise while on an adjacent shelving unit sat Halloween goodies. How crazy is the country starting to get. And what I don't get is why consumers support this and buy these items four and half months before Christmas. That is insane!! I would like to make it through one holiday before I see the one coming in the future on display as well. I feel strongly that Christmas is about the Savior and what he did for us, but somehow the focus of Christmas turned into one of commercialism.
How do I as a parent explain to my children why they see Christmas merchandise on the shelf with Halloween items, and that Christmas is still four months away --- at least!! To a child I imagine this to be very confusing and frustrating. I remember as I was a child that when I started seeing Christmas products in the stores that it was about a month away, and now my kids get excited but only to be upset because I have to tell them it's still four months away. I'm not against Christmas decorations and merchandise being in stores around Thanksgiving or the middle of November but when it's being placed on shelves in stores as early as the begining of September that's a little overboard on promoting Christmas "things".
So I'm refusing to buy any lights or decorations related to Christmas until at least Thanksgiving time.
I'm wondering how you feel about seeing Christmas in the stores in September?