Saturday, November 12, 2005

Suddenly It's Christmas!

  Whether it's approaching your partner for intamcy, or  being sold an automobile, or attending a family celebration...anticipation is the fuel that jump starts the engine of the heart.
  Anticipation is a wonderful energy, but if that event gets over anticipated, the event itself will be anti-climatic.
I have just returned from the Mall. The stores have already begun decorating and setting up  Christmas displays that reach the  ceiling. One store was playing "Jingle Bells" over the sound system....pardon me, but last time I looked, it was the 11th of November! The Thanksgiving decorations were already moved to the clearence tables...I guessI was supposed to have purchased those items on Labor day!
   Retailers are afraid about this Christmas season, between significantly higher gas prices, higher prices for merchandise, and the elevated interest rates , there won't be much in the pockets of consumers.
   With all this Christmas "foreplay" they will certainly kill consumer spontanaity, which will leaving the store shelves with the unecessary merchandise that will need huge discounting to move. Well, you will be ale to find those bargains in the "day after Christmas sales" which will begin on Dec. 22 this year!
  Peace & Joy....Marc :)

20 comments:

libragem007 said...

"...I guessI was supposed to have purchased those items on Labor day!"

lol! :-D


oh thanks Marc for giving me the buzz about holiday clearance that'll start on Dec. 22..that'll give me about 2 days to do all my xmas shopping!
ya know..gotta help Santa save money this year!
Gem :-D

mariebm56 said...

I was hearing Christmas songs on the radio yesterday, I just changed the station.
I used to love the holidays, but divorce takes the fun out of everything.  So it's bad enough I have to deal with xmas but to bring it on early....Bah! Humbug!
~Marie

delela1 said...

Same here as well; my approach to this is simple.  While my eyes may be taking in the early displays designed to fire up consumer shopping, I am guided by my heart as I walk through the stores.  In my heart I know many things will stay the same this year, but most of all, Christmas day will occur on December 25.  Retailers can't change that.


Dona  

lissamom2 said...

Marc, I know exactly what you mean. I heard the first Christmas song on the radio the day after Halloween. It made me sad. I'm not ready to think Christmas yet. There must be something to their madness though, because yesterday I bought some Christmas gifts. I have NEVER been an early shopper, although I promise myself every year that I will do it early NEXT year. There is something exciting about being the last minute shopper, it's heady stuff. I hope you're right and they do start those sales early this year!
Melissa

alphawoman1 said...

I feel the Christmas spirit being forced on us too!

robinngabster said...

Christmas comes earlier and earlier every year...I don't mind...I love it!

globetrotter2u said...

I read in The New York Times last weekend that all the stores thought they might do better if they started the holiday season the first of November, hoping they'd lure the dumb people in before the average consumer goes broke just staying warm. Hmmmm... maybe not so bad living in Florida, where we don't have to worry about staying warm, especially when we live in a country where you get rewarded a $2.3 million dollar jet just for being one of the country's worst governors. Looks like he'll also get to keep his trillion dollar bridge to nowhere that only 20 people use, even though the country is facing huge deficits as a result of Katrina. Would the greedy jerk give it up to help the needy? Yeah... right.
Well, ya get what ya voted for, eh?
Maryanne

bedazzzled1 said...

I must be odd, because I love when the stores bring out the Christmas displays early on. Maybe it is due to the fact Christmas is my absolute most favorite holiday. One year I had ALL of my shopping done and wrapped by August (and that was for well over 50 people). Sometimes I am slow making all my purchases, but it still does not take away from the thrill I get when I enter a store in late October or early November and see the sparkling Christmas trees and decorations. And no matter what, there will always be tons and tons of gifts for me to give others. It is one time of the year when I splurge like crazy and spend whatever I want. After all, weren't WE all given one heckuva supreme gift some 2,000 years ago?

wildflower1764 said...

LOL! I'm working in a jewelry dept. and have been laying away gifts and hearing Christmas carols (the same ones) over and over and over again all day long. I hear them in my sleep. ;) HappyThanksgivingMerryChristmas...I think.

dyannaofyore said...

KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN!!!  DECORATIONS HAVE BEEN IN OUR STORES SINCE THE MIDDLE OF SEPT. IN OHIO....WHY DON'T THEY JUST LEAVE THEM UP ALL YEAR?  THANKSGIVING SHOULD BE THE BIG HOLIDAY AND YET IT IS HARDLY MENTIONED...MAYBE IF WE WERE MORE THANKFUL, OUR COUNTRY AND THIS WORLD WOULD HAVE MORE BLESSINGS INSTEAD OF THE ROAD WE SEEM TO BE ON!!

sierrajazz said...

It would annoy me to see and hear stuff about Christmas this early, but I very rarely go to the mall, so don't see the decorations early..I am pretty isolated from a lot of it since I work soo much, and don't really go out a lot. I am always listening to CD's and not the radio, so I don't get overdosed on Christmas music.   I have been doing my shopping online, to get it done early and be less stressed about shopping, but I will still go out the last week before christmas and mingle with the crowd at the mall and take in all the christmas lights and decorations.

fitzzer said...

Crazy isn't it? I just saw someone's house lit up with Christmas lights last night. As much as I love Christmas decorations, it's still a bit too early for them. We haven't even had our turkey & thanks yet! :)  ~ Lori

dyannaofyore said...

HOW BOUT IF EVERYONE THAT READS MARC'S GREAT WORDS CONTACTS A SYNDICATED NEWSPAPER AND SUGGEST THAT THEY RUN HIS TALENT???  THE COUNTRY..NAY, THE WORLD...NEEDS THESE BEAUTIFUL WORDS AND GREAT THOUGHTS!!  JUST AN IDEA...DYANNAOFYORE

wildflower1764 said...

Stopping by to say Happy Thanksgiving and I hope all is well in your world. ~V

tschamberland said...

Love the after Christmas sales!  Hate seeing all that stuff out before Halloween though!

:)

Tammy
http://LifeLiveItOrMissOut.blogspot.com

delela1 said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with those you love.
~Dona
http://journals.aol.com/delela1/BlueSkiesandGentleBreezes

wildflower1764 said...

Hey...are you ready for Christmas music yet? ;)

philadlfiagrl said...

lol, and the stupid radio stations started xmas music around the 12 of nov, too early!!!! now i suppose its after thanksgiving, and i'm all xmas music'd out already, what can i do now but listen in patience....but im not worried about my xmas anticipation being worse than the image, my image is always worse than the reality, im not sure financially how i will handle this xmas, lots of things messed me up; i'm sure it will be better than how im imagining it in my mind: broke and lean LOL

lizzzzzzzzza

globetrotter2u said...

Ahhh Marc... when the heck are you coming back to us?

Your adoring fans miss  you so much! Last Sunday... what happened to last Sunday? wasn't that the magic hook-up date? How much longer must we wait for your grains of precious sand to reappear?

Maryanne

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