I was at Wal-Mart today after my meeting. You need to note that today is September 14. I can understand why retailers have all the Halloween stuff out. All of the obnoxious inflatables were up on the top shelf, blowing away to entice people to buy them.
But what was that in the next aisle? Not even 4 feet away? No, I couldn’t believe my eyes. On the top shelf right next to the Halloween inflatables were the Christmas inflatables, along with the beginnings of Christmas decorations (ornaments, stockings, etc.).
Remember what the date was? It’s September 14.
I’m so disgusted with retailers. Why do they think that it’s OK to put Halloween and Christmas right next to each other? It’s like the holidays are getting pushed up earlier and earlier every year. And, has anyone else ever noticed how Thanksgiving is ignored? That irks me a bit. Thanksgiving is more important than Halloween to me (but don’t tell my sons I said that- they think getting candy is the most important!).
So, what is a mom to do with the early marketing onslaught of the holidays? I’m already ready to run in the other direction.