With Thanksgiving falling on the last week of November this year, many retailers have shirked the notion of waiting until after Thanksgiving to celebrate the far more lucrative holiday season.
Traditional carols and holiday trimmings can already be heard and spotted at most shopping centers and big box stores, while many people have been taking advantage of pleasant November temperatures to get their holiday decorations up. All of which has led La Vida Latina to ask, how soon is too soon for the holidays?
“I don’t think you can put a timeframe on it,” said Isabela Sanders, a mother of four who took advantage of 60-degree weather on Saturday to hang lights around her house. “The kids were getting really excited about putting up decorations and I know last year we waited and ended up putting the decorations up in 20 degrees, so this year I was like, ‘Thanksgiving isn’t for another two weeks and I don’t want to risk it.’ So we just did it early.”
Sanders isn’t alone, in fact several neighborhoods have gotten into the decorative, holiday spirit early, even though fall is barely a month old.
“My neighborhood is kind of an eerie Nightmare Before Christmas,” said Ryan Jacobs, 41, Broomfield. “There are houses that still have their Halloween inflatables on the lawn and others that have gone full-on Santa and baby Jesus.”
Jacobs said that he doesn’t mind when people get into the holiday spirit early. In fact, he welcomes it.
“November can be such a drab month,” he said. “I mean daylight savings ends, so the days get way shorter and everything just gets that much more gloomy. I kind of like driving home to a neighborhood that’s lit up. I don’t care if it’s November 9th or November 29th, to me it’s so much more inviting and, you know, cheery.”
Retail employee, Roman Arce, however, is not a fan.
“I really hate it,” said the 24-year-old Arce. “I just know what it all means for work with the longer hours, the headaches, the demand. The more I hear the music, the more I see the lights, it just reminds me that all hell is going to break loose in a few weeks and I’ll be right in the middle of it.”
Asked if his opinion would be different if he weren’t in a retail position, Arce said he didn’t think so.
“I’ve kind of always liked fall and I think people just try to force in winter and Christmas,” he said. “You know you’re going to have a solid month to six weeks to sing all the songs and do all the decorating you want, so just let the rest of us have a couple weeks where we can just not think about it.”
Abel Carranza, 66, added that he remembers when the holiday season - both in stores and in homes - kicked off with one nationally-televised event.
“There weren’t any Christmas ads and no decorations were put up until after the Macy’s Parade,” Carranza said of the New York City parade that will celebrate its 93rd edition on Thanksgiving Day. “That was kind of the event that kicked off the Christmas season. Now it’s kind of a sidebar.”
Sanders, who is neither for nor against getting into the holiday spirit before December, said that there are perks to getting things started in November.
“I’d rather my kids didn’t know, but I’m done with the shopping,” she said. “This is the third year in a row that I’ve finished before Thanksgiving and as long as retailers keep offering deals early in the season, I’ll keep doing it. I guess that makes me part of the problem.”