You might be wondering why did I just give you a history less some two weeks after Thanksgiving? Because I am so behind on everything this year!! You'd think that with Thanksgiving being early that meant there would be extra time for Christmas preparation~ have you ready any of my blogs??? I had serious issues with the holiday being so early. It seemed they were playing Christmas music as soon as we turned the calendar to November. The Christmas Tree Lots were up and running while turkeys were still defrosting (like a tree might really live long enough if you buy it before Thanksgiving). UGGH the whole thing just put me off my game.
So here it is already the end of the first week of December and what have I gotten done for the holiday???? NADA That's right a big whopping zero. Outside of a few gifts bought early on I haven't even done any real shopping. OK my kids are all teens (oops sorry one twenty-year old as she keeps reminding me) and they basically just want gift cards BUT STILL. Cards aren't signed, decorations aren't out, baking hasn't started, I'm just totally off my game.
I firmly believe that the reason Roosevelt moved the holiday from the last to the fourth Thursday of November no longer holds any water. The idea of retailers needing more shopping days is absolutely CRAZY. If they respected the idea that the Christmas shopping season started AFTER Thanksgiving I might give them some credence however I dare you to find me one box store that doesn't start putting out Christmas decorations before the Halloween candy has been grabbed up by trick or treaters. Macy's Parade and the idea of escorting Santa in on Thanksgiving day is wonderful ~ had the Christmas songs not started before we all voted. FYI according to a poll done by SOASTA 78% of Americans also think stores should refrain from playing Christmas music til after Thanksgiving.
With all of that being said......
Have approved and understand that:
Retailers shall acknowledge the consumer's ability to continue with their holiday shopping regardless of the music playing or the store's decorations. Therefore said retailers shall refrain from the playing of holiday music as well as the displaying of candy canes, snowmen and any other holiday paraphernalia until Black Friday shopping commences