It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Redux

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On November 10, 2007, I wrote a column about the early arrival of Christmas decorations.

I had intended to rerun the column on the 10th of this month, but it slipped my mind.

I was reminded of it tonight when Robert at Interstate4Jamming wrote about the early arrival of Christmas music. Robert posted one sentence that caught my eye:

Meanwhile, public works crews here in Lakeland have been busy setting up holiday decorations for the usual trees at the center of several lakes near downtown as well as other decor outside city buildings.

Oddly enough, not too long ago while speaking to Kevin Cook, the city’s Director of Communication, I complained about the same issue. He informed me that November is about the only time the city crews can put up decorations. Evidently, the crews responsible for the work are so busy during the rest of the year they build up a decent amount of comp time. Time they must use in December. Also, there is an event hosted at Lake Mirror that requires the city to place Christmas decorations around the lake.

So, I might give the city the benefit of the doubt, but that’s no excuse for the malls and shopping centers that remove Halloween decorations to place Christmas decorations.

I still don’t want to risk sounding like a curmudgeon, but I still want Thanksgiving back.

2007 Camera Photo Illustration CC by Chuck Welch

6 thoughts on “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Redux

  1. Ya know… it doesn’t seem to bother me. I first noticed this trend as a young adult who started buying as many gifts as I got… and in a slow economy you cant blame corporate America for hoping that a few decorations and some holiday music will get our wallets in the mood for giving.

  2. Ya know… it doesn’t seem to bother me. I first noticed this trend as a young adult who started buying as many gifts as I got… and in a slow economy you cant blame corporate America for hoping that a few decorations and some holiday music will get our wallets in the mood for giving.

  3. Agreed, Chuck.
    Last week, in WallyWorld, I heard carols on the Muzak. Saturday, I saw THIS very tree being replicated at a new shopping center in Ocala.

    I would like to enjoy the change of seasons, not such a rush!

    What is the reason for the season?

  4. Agreed, Chuck.
    Last week, in WallyWorld, I heard carols on the Muzak. Saturday, I saw THIS very tree being replicated at a new shopping center in Ocala.

    I would like to enjoy the change of seasons, not such a rush!

    What is the reason for the season?

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