It's scarcely a week after Halloween and a full 2 weeks until Thanksgiving. But, this week on Veterans Day not only the local mall, but nearly all the stores within were decked out.
Whatever happened to waiting until at least Thanksgiving as in holiday films, Miracle on 34th Street and Christmas Story? Then stores (and Santa) did not appear until at least turkey day was near or later.
YES, Santa was already in the
Retailers have announced "Black Friday" sales well in advance of the day after Thanksgiving. Several major chains, who shall remain nameless herein, are opening doors at 6 p.m. on turkey day. Lest you think that's a benign motion, most have stated that "deals" will be available online starting early in Thanksgiving. Many will be open overnight into Black Friday.
KUDOS to those retailers who are bucking the rush to very early pre-holiday sales. BOOS to one chain from many of its customers.
|Photo credit: REI 2015 holiday closing|
|Photo credit: Nordstrom closing announcement|
The Seattle-based Nordstrom chain is sticking to its long-standing policy of no holiday decorations until the day after Thanksgiving. Unlike other major retailers, its 118 U.S. stores won't be even open until Sat, Nov. 27.
Meanwhile coffee retailer Starbucks is facing a "red cup" backlash over its decision not to include holiday symbols, think reindeers or ornaments. This holiday season, coffee its cups are just red.
|Photo credit: Starbucks 2015 "holiday" cup|
Our plans do not include shopping. We will spend the Thanksgiving holiday and weekend through visiting with family members in Pennsylvania.
OK, rant over . . . What do you think of the ever-increasing holiday Retail Rush?