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Old 11-23-2009, 10:57 PM
Status: "Summer!" (set 18 days ago)
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Yeah..my friends are already getting their Christmas trees within the next few days. There are a couple radio stations here that started playing 24/7 Christmas music as of a few days ago. I remember when I was a kid (early/mid 90s) they didn't start playing 24/7 Christmas music until Christmas Eve--which is when it should be 24/7. Not before Thanksgiving! That's just crazy.

And oh yeah, I've seen Christmas trees in the department stores since Halloween.
I think your memory is a little faulty. I lived in NY in the late 80s, it was not like that!

I don't really think it's any earlier than it has been for many years. Santa Claus comes to the mall the weekend before Thanksgiving. Christmas merchandise the day after Halloween, sometimes even before at places like Hobby Lobby.
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Old 11-23-2009, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Not really here in SW Florida. With all the gated communities and HOA restrictions, decorations don't go up much. Haven't seen many commercials or anything like that, and I haven't heard much different music on the radio except the satelitte radio.

Maybe the transplants here go home for Xmas, but for whatever reason it doesn't seem like Xmas is as big of a deal in Fort Myers like it is elsewhere.
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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for whatever reason it doesn't seem like Xmas is as big of a deal in Fort Myers like it is elsewhere.

Because it's a tropical Christmas, lol. Most people don't associate the beach and 80 degrees with Christmas. Nearly all transplants go home and it's quiet in SWFL.
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Alabama!
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It's you.
I started seeing Christmas merchandise around Labor Day.
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Old 11-24-2009, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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I think your memory is a little faulty. I lived in NY in the late 80s, it was not like that!

I don't really think it's any earlier than it has been for many years. Santa Claus comes to the mall the weekend before Thanksgiving. Christmas merchandise the day after Halloween, sometimes even before at places like Hobby Lobby.

I could've sworn it never started this early. Even my parents say the Christmas songs are starting a lot earlier on the radio.
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Because it's a tropical Christmas, lol. Most people don't associate the beach and 80 degrees with Christmas. Nearly all transplants go home and it's quiet in SWFL.
Not so sure if tropical is the right reason. The OP started this thread because of Orlando and how they thought it was feeling like xmas there.... I know UCF and Disney both are putting on huge xmas spectacles there and probably other areas of Orlando are too.

I think SWFL is probably just transplants going home and the strict HOA rules from allowing much outdoor decorations/celebrations.
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Greater PDX
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I started seeing stuff for this Christmas in the stores before last Christmas!

But seriously, the retail industry is so badly in the toilet that they are doing whatever they possibly can to separate more money from their customers, ASAP. After all, folks nowadays don't have home equity (on future appreciation) to pull out and use to spend spend spend spend spend spend.
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