It’s that time of year when the internet starts buzzing about Christmas Creep (no, not the weird guy from your office that always hits on you at the holiday party). It’s the fact that Retailers start pushing Christmas products earlier in the year. This year, I saw Christmas trees and lights on sale in Costco 2 weeks before Halloween.
People get all in a twisted huff because it ain’t right. There are rules here. We need to first celebrate Halloween. THEN, we need to appreciate Thanksgiving which means, stores should be closed on Thanksgiving. Employees should be allowed forced to have the day off. THEN, on Black Friday, we can officially start to prepare for Christmas.
Traditionally, my wife and children start breaking out the Christmas gear on Nov 1. I don’t get it, but hey, the kids are all excited and the house looks festive. The tree’s already up. Garland and lights and stockings are everywhere. My role in all of this is take down the boxes from the closet and put them away. (We usually don’t do outdoor decorations.)
People online start bemoaning Christmas Creep, starting petitions and online ‘awareness’ of which Retailers are the most egregious offenders. I’m waiting for some politician to propose legislation to make it illegal to see any Christmas décor until Black Friday. Mark my words. You read it here first.
Here’s the thing. YOU have the power to reverse Retailers’ Christmas Creep (good luck convincing my wife and children). And you don’t have to pass any laws. You don’t have to start rioting or protesting.
Just. Don’t. Participate.
Don’t buy any 50% off wrapping paper in October. Don’t go tree shopping the first week of November. Stop buying the holiday-colored Hershey’s Kisses (just buy the regular silver ones). If you work for a Retailer that calls you in on Thanksgiving evening, find a new job.
There’s no need to resort to coercion because the holidays are overlapping like a pair of identical forks in the dishwasher. The dollars you spend at a place of business are like votes. (They are actually more powerful than votes because your message goes straight to the intended audience, not some representative bought by a PAC that has to try and get your request through a subcommittee to have a discussion on whether your viewpoint is important enough to make the headlines.)
When you buy something, you are telling management “YES, MORE PLEASE!”. If you don’t buy, shelves stay full, stock becomes old and might even perish, and businesses scramble to figure out what it is that you want to buy instead (or at what price). As the old saying goes, Money Talks.
Now I’m all for sharing information voluntarily. If you want to organize and encourage others to use their $$ votes to influence businesses, go ahead. But I know when I was a teenager, I used to love working the holidays because that meant 1.5x pay. Didn’t stop anyone from coming into the gas station to fill up on Christmas morning.
Come on, live a little. Enjoy your eggnog and Christmas cookies at Thanksgiving. Peace.