Stores Beginning “Christmas Creep” Ahead of Halloween

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Retailers have had Christmas decorations up for weeks before Halloween, but this year, we’ve found shoppers who aren’t the least bit put off by starting the holiday season early.

Meet the McBrides of Orange County, California. They’ve decided if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, when it comes to retailers who keep opening Christmas season earlier and earlier.

“It’s just a ton of work to put it up,” said early Christmas decorator, Jenn McBride. “I think the last couple of years, going to Costco, that you know they start in August and the mall starts September, October so why can’t I start then too?”

Just days away from Halloween, the McBrides’ Christmas actually began weeks ago… and are all ready for a month from now.

“It’ll look good for thanksgiving dinner, too,” said Chuck McBride. “Yeah, I’ve always liked a tree up on Thanksgiving Day,” replied Jenn.

Fact is: Retailers are again starting the season even earlier this year.

“People really enjoy getting in the holiday spirit earlier and earlier,” said Sara Skirboll of retailmenot.com. “Consumers and shoppers are really buying into the notion that they need to get their lists in order and get their holiday shopping done sooner rather than later”

A philosophy that works just fine for folks like the McBrides’.

“I love the lights in the house and the way that it all looks. It makes me feel more peaceful to have it up, so it will help me with my stress,” said Jenn.

Stress that grows for most as the holidays keep creeping closer.

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