Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Finished your Holiday Shopping Yet?

Stephanie

I know some people like to shop early, but I am not one for early decorations and blaring holiday music the minute the clock strikes midnight on November 1st. The only shopping I really love is at the art store or book store, though I can’t deny the amount of cool stuff in the stores that only seems to show up around this time of year.

As the variety of online retailers continues to climb, people are able to experience shopping from the convenience of their homes to avoid the rampant holiday commercialism but I think maybe something is lost during that process. I worked in a mall for 10 years and dreaded every holiday season but once I left, it was easier to see how special and magical a time of year it can be to the wee ones. One thing that I did enjoy was that everyone in the world seemed to show up to that tiny mall around the holidays – I got to see everyone.

Most people I hear from are not a fan of the early holiday retail push – what do you think about it? Does it help to get you in the holiday mood? Or do you simply tune it out?


16 thoughts on “Finished your Holiday Shopping Yet?

  1. I have to say, Thanksgiving is perhaps my favorite holiday precisely because most of the joy/meaning for me is totally rooted in being grateful, being with people I care about, and gathering for a homemade meal. It doesn’t feel pushy or as driven by money or society expectations/norms as other holidays. That retail stores jump from Back to School to Hallow-istmas is a financial and social commentary that concerns me, but in a way, I am glad that Thanksgiving is left more alone. Keeps it homey, somehow…bring on the bird, I say…and the nap that follows.

  2. I have to say, Thanksgiving is perhaps my favorite holiday precisely because most of the joy/meaning for me is totally rooted in being grateful, being with people I care about, and gathering for a homemade meal. It doesn’t feel pushy or as driven by money or society expectations/norms as other holidays. That retail stores jump from Back to School to Hallow-istmas is a financial and social commentary that concerns me, but in a way, I am glad that Thanksgiving is left more alone. Keeps it homey, somehow…bring on the bird, I say…and the nap that follows.

  3. I hate the early holiday push. By the time the holidays actually arrive I am sick of them. I try to find gifts all year long watching for things that I think people may actually need or want.

  4. I hate the early holiday push. By the time the holidays actually arrive I am sick of them. I try to find gifts all year long watching for things that I think people may actually need or want.

  5. Most of the major chain retailers had started with the Christmas stuff in the third week of October. We hadn’t got through Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali or Eid. That’s even before we get to Hanukah. I think they’re so desperate to part us from our money these days that they’re pushing one festival sales opportunity before the last one’s over. It just creates a huge muddle. Personally, I think it morally devalues the whole lot and I just want to switch off. Bah, humbug!

  6. Most of the major chain retailers had started with the Christmas stuff in the third week of October. We hadn’t got through Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali or Eid. That’s even before we get to Hanukah. I think they’re so desperate to part us from our money these days that they’re pushing one festival sales opportunity before the last one’s over. It just creates a huge muddle. Personally, I think it morally devalues the whole lot and I just want to switch off. Bah, humbug!

  7. I shop year-round for gifts, but find myself buying less & less. I also make my own cards, so with a good stash of supplies I’m ready to go!

    I have noticed this year a lot of retailers really pushing their early-bird sales & hearing a lot of complaints – there was even a local news article about how disappointing it is (let alone greedy).

    Once upon a time I worked retail for a good number of years & it was hard to be festive at the “incorrect” times. Everything really does blur together these days, especially with decorations: have you noticed there are now strands of lights for all holidays? How can one tell the significance of each day anymore? I try not to get too disgruntled & just carry on in the way that works best for me.

    I do have to ask: why was the photo you posted on failblog? I know the dates don’t match up *this* year, but they certainly did on another year. I don’t think the sentiment is a failure! :)

  8. I shop year-round for gifts, but find myself buying less & less. I also make my own cards, so with a good stash of supplies I’m ready to go!

    I have noticed this year a lot of retailers really pushing their early-bird sales & hearing a lot of complaints – there was even a local news article about how disappointing it is (let alone greedy).

    Once upon a time I worked retail for a good number of years & it was hard to be festive at the “incorrect” times. Everything really does blur together these days, especially with decorations: have you noticed there are now strands of lights for all holidays? How can one tell the significance of each day anymore? I try not to get too disgruntled & just carry on in the way that works best for me.

    I do have to ask: why was the photo you posted on failblog? I know the dates don’t match up *this* year, but they certainly did on another year. I don’t think the sentiment is a failure! :)

  9. I try to spread out the shipping throughout the year, so I can avoid the holiday stampede and I can be somewhat rational when it comes to buying. This year I am attempting to made most gifts on my own. Let’s hope I can finish them in time!

  10. I try to spread out the shipping throughout the year, so I can avoid the holiday stampede and I can be somewhat rational when it comes to buying. This year I am attempting to made most gifts on my own. Let’s hope I can finish them in time!

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