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Jennac Mon 26-Sep-16 11:05:58

Is it me, or are the shops putting Christmas cards/gifts out earlier than ever. We still have some beautiful weather and I still feel it's summer (my opinion ). Why not enjoy it, before going on to the next season (which I also love ) Christmas should start around November time, When it's all crisp and fresh, then I feel more like spending.

Rant over. {confused}

grannylyn65 Mon 26-Sep-16 11:07:16

Dobbies had cards beginning of September angry

Greenfinch Mon 26-Sep-16 11:12:01

Our local garden centre is putting up its display on 1st October. Far too soon I think.

Lillie Mon 26-Sep-16 11:19:20

Trouble is, however early the shops start putting out the Christmas stuff, I'm still chasing around on 24th December for my purchases.

I think beginning of November would be more appropriate. We've got Hallowe'en, Diwali and Guy Fawkes to come first!

Willow500 Mon 26-Sep-16 13:01:59

I was in Dunelm the other day and they are putting out their Christmas displays already - Tescos have the cards on the shelves too. Far too early!

12Michael Mon 26-Sep-16 13:04:42

I had a xmas card order form from SSAFA ,and also have seen Xmas Puds in Sainsburys, plus a local hotel is advertising the Xmas/New Year menus.

Charleygirl Mon 26-Sep-16 13:19:04

I was offered Christmas cards, calendars and diaries to buy in mid July. No thanks.

annodomini Mon 26-Sep-16 13:35:57

Mince pies in Asda two weeks ago.

rosesarered Mon 26-Sep-16 14:23:17

Our local garden centre had all their Christmas displays open last Saturday ( and very nice they were too grin) bought some scented pinecones, gorgeous.

rosesarered Mon 26-Sep-16 14:24:05

Now.....where can I get some stollen?

Teetime Mon 26-Sep-16 14:25:39

Lots has already started re Xmas- restaurants are wanting us to book already as well - its juts a little bit early I'm happy to start preparations on Nov 1st DH starts on Dec 23rd.

Shanma Mon 26-Sep-16 14:38:45

Sainsbury here had Christmas puddings on display at least three weeks ago in all that hot weather, now I see the fancy biscuit tins, and cards are out in force too. I know they want to sell the stuff but really it just makes Christmas see even more of a commercial rip off. I refuse to be baited by it

Judthepud2 Mon 26-Sep-16 15:05:23


M0nica Mon 26-Sep-16 16:14:33

I had a holiday job in Selfridges in the early 1960s. My job was writing the prices on Christmas cards. Write price on card in pencil, gather card and envelope and paper-clip them together. This lasted from the end of June to mid-August, when the Christmas card department opened and after that I sold them until mid-September.
Early retail Christmases have been around for a long, long time.

Do also remember that many people carefully budget their Christmas and start laying Christmas goods aside from September. I can remember doing that in during my children's early years, when we had lost my income when DS was born and I did not work(outside the home) for 7 years.

NotTooOld Mon 26-Sep-16 16:19:32

roses - Lidle

NotTooOld Mon 26-Sep-16 16:19:52

I mean Lidl !!!

Greyduster Mon 26-Sep-16 16:22:33

Lidl had Stollen, Gluwein, and pannetone today. i am not fond of any of them!

grandma60 Mon 26-Sep-16 16:22:46

John Lewis had their Christmas tree and decoration dept up this morning.

glammanana Mon 26-Sep-16 16:26:41

When I mentioned the early xmas stock in many of the stores over the
past few weeks I was reminded by DD that there are only 3 pay days left for people paid monthly so they have to budget early on,so point taken.

Pandi Mon 26-Sep-16 17:19:58

I saw some mini eggs in my local Tesco recently!

Thingmajig Mon 26-Sep-16 17:41:38

We don't start with Christmas in the house until after DGD's birthday on the 7th Dec. Shopping (for gifts) generally waits until after DH's birthday mid October.

It's far too early to be seeing it all in the stores now though, surely they could wait till after Halloween which seems to have become a big thing now too.

millymouge Mon 26-Sep-16 17:48:51

I'm afraid C*******s doesn't start in our house until after December 1st, I cannot stand the commercialism. That is not what it means to me.

Ana Mon 26-Sep-16 18:05:29

We seem to spend half our lives looking forward to Spring/Summer and the other half looking forward to/ dreading Christmas...confused

M0nica Mon 26-Sep-16 20:20:17

Starting Christmas early is not necessarily commercialism. I start the Christmas cooking in late October/early November and I am already agreeing with family members who is coming to stay, when and for how long. I find a slow build up to a well planned Christmas is so much more enjoyable than a rushed and ill-organised one.

granjura Mon 26-Sep-16 20:37:59

Hate it with a vengeance Jennac- and this doesn't happen in the rest of Europe either. All part of the Americanasation of the UK, sadly.