Tuesday, November 20, 2007

With Every Season Turn Turn Turn

Retail stores are forcing the seasons to shift. In the peak of winter, new bikinis hang from the racks in department stores. In the peak of summers, the sweaters arrive and the stores crank up the A/C so shoppers will feel cold enough to raid the freshly folded piles of cable-knit wool blends and buy them at full price.

This fall the Walgreens in my neighborhood stocked the Halloween candy right next to the newly arrived rolls of wrapping paper. Every year I find myself thinking that there is a progression of events that should take place:

Mid-October: Halloween hits the retail stores.

November: Thanksgiving rolls in, turkeys, cans of cranberry sauce and jars of gravy are on sale during this month.

December: Christmas decorations are hung in the stores, carols are piped in through the store’s sound system. Snow should not fall until December. Period.

This year the retail community did not consult me on their plan-o-grams, however. Todd and I wandered into Target before Halloween and were assaulted with Christmas cheer and the “Boooooo” of the automated Halloween decorations simultaneously. As I write this right now, from my in-laws living room in Vermont two days before Thanksgiving, I am watching the snow fall from the sky. It has accumulated to 3-4 inches and is now sleeting.

Bing Crosby never crooned longingly for a white Thanksgiving. It sure is pretty, though.



Blogger *~*Cece*~* said...

Its nuts, huh?! I swear, if it wasn't for retail changing the seasons for us in CA sometimes we'd never know one from the other! lol

Hope you have a nice visit w/the in-laws. Happy Thanksgiving! Tell Todd I said Hi! lol

November 20, 2007 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It's crazy how retail pushes things so early. There were halloween decorations out next to school supplies and the day after halloween the christmas trees were up in Target.

Enjoy your visit with the in-laws.

November 20, 2007 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Well, you know if they let you shop earlier and earlier they think they'll make more money...


I can't stand to think of Christmas in October... it drives me nuts! (Sorry Cece!)

November 22, 2007 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Rae said...

D & I were talking yesterday. It was still the hell of Black Friday, but it seems like the retail institutions weren't even trying this year. His store actually had very limited traffic until about 12:30p. The one store I made a major purchase in, I was the only person in for the entire time it took for me to make my purchase.

On the other side, I miss snow and cold this time of year. I went out shopping yesterday in sandals, a flannel shirt and a scarf I stole from a gig in Mississippi a few years back. No snow and trudging...which makes it very hard for me to think about Christmas.

November 24, 2007 at 2:22 PM  

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