If you went into some Canadian Tire stores last week, you would have found Christmas decorations more easily than Halloween ones.

Is it too early to say it’s too early to think about Christmas?

The phenomenon dubbed “Christmas Creep” is now in full effect two months before the actual holiday.  Last week a table of holiday cards was spotted at Indigo’s while some aisles at Zellers were filled with Christmas trimmings.

In 2007, upscale department chain Nordstrom posted a sign in its windows that said, “We won’t be decking our halls until Friday, November 23, Why?  Well, we just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time” – a reference to American Thanksgiving.

Have you seen any premature Christmas decorations so far this year?

Does “Christmas Creep” bug you?


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    Me too. Christmas decorations are everywhere, lurking in the the aisles on trolleys, waiting to pounce onto the emptied Halloween shelves late Monday night!
    It’s too early, by the time the season arrives, the goods are pawed over and tired looking. I guess the retailers wouldn’t take advice from us lowly consumers.

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    Tony Kondaks Says:

    After being a lifelong lover of turkey, I have grown to dislike it. Can’t stand the smell either. And I don’t like ham.

    So I’m starting my own tradition: sushi.

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    SUZANNE Says:


    If I were dictator of the world, the Christmas decorations would come out on December 1st and be done with on January 7th. That’s it.

    Zellers was pretty decent last year, I think they waited until at least November 15th to start the decorations.

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    Neil McKenty Says:

    Great to hear from you, Suzan n e. Christmas Creep makes me ill.

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    I’m having Christmas dinner with Tony this year! ;D

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    jim Says:

    Tony – For God’s sake, don’t sip on the brew.

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    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Lady J:

    Why wait for Xmas? We’re both in Vancouver…let’s do sushi for lunch or supper…I have a place (Cambie and Broadway) where you get 3 rolls (18 pieces total) plus miso soup plus green tea for $5.95…and there’s a choice of 30 rolls!

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    Tony: Sounds wonderful! Although you can have my miso soup — I don’t like it. But I’m always willing to try a new sushi place! Have you a day in mind?

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    jim Says:

    Tony –
    Lady Janus is misreading your offer. You say you have a joint, you say she gets 3 rolls, and 18 pieces all in one night. She thinks you are talking about chinese food.

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    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Supper? Any day this week…it’s beside the Broadway/City Hall skytrain…email me at tkondaks at gmail dot com to coordinate.

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    Tony, look for my email!

    And let’s not invite jim, okay? 😉

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    jim Says:

    Lady Janus – Thank you for the non-invite. It suits me. Sort of fits in with what Hugh Hefner has hanging over the front entrance of his estate. It reads “Si Non Oscillas, Noli Tintinnare.”
    “If you don’t swing, don’t ring” Let’s pray.

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    jim, prey on yourself.

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    Tony Kondaks Says:

    We’ll be sure to order a shark meat maki and rename it the “jim roll” in his honour.

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    jim Says:

    Tony – Your on the way to the gallows. Before you go, have a good time at the last supper. How about renaming the maki “Jim after the roll” .In any event, enjoy, but be careful with “The Lady in Red’s” notorious footsie act under the dinner table..Gulp!

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