Saturday, September 14, 2013

For Everything There is a Season (especially if you are a Christmas advertisement)



Last Tuesday, I was taking a short lunch break in front of the television. While enjoying my pb&j, I was surprised to hear Christmas music during a K-mart advertisement.

It was even a cute ad ... a giant gingerbread cookie sneaking up on a woman working on her computer, with the words, "don't let Christmas sneak up on you."

And, I saw Christmas decorations at Costco.

Really, retailers, have you not read Ecclesiates 1:3?
"For everything there is a season."

One year, (while we still lived in Minneapolis) I noticed late in November, that Williams-Sonoma was beautifully decorated in fall colors. (who doesn't love an orange KitchenAid?)
I found it so refreshing, when the rest of the mall had long been decked out for Christmas, that I went in and asked to speak to the manager.

All set for a customer complaint, she smiled when I said, "Thank you for decorating for the season. The fall colors and Thanksgiving decorations are so beautiful."

"For everything there is a season."

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21 comments:

  1. I so agree with you! As a child, I always looked forward to the weekend after Thanksgiving. That's when the stores decorated for Christmas. They started staying open until 9 p.m. on Fridays. Christmas music started wafting through the airwaves. We had a lovely month ahead of us--not almost three months.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  2. Hi Glenda,
    I guess I just put my head down when it comes to fall. I despise Halloween for its ugliness and can't wait for it to go away. Cobwebs and spiders decorate restaurants, pumpkins rot away on doorsteps and horrible little junior high kids knock on your doors for gobs of candy.
    Thanksgiving seems to be a fleeting thought because Christmas is on the heels of Halloween...maybe we need to take more time to be thankful for the harvest...

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  3. I hear you! That Christmas craziness is one thing I do NOT miss now that I am outside the USA :)

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  4. Sweet post! Love it. This season is so beautiful. Here in Holland no Christmas advertisements.

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  5. Gotta love retailers...it's all about their pocketbook. So glad we know the real reason for the seasons.

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  6. Glenda,
    LOVE having you "back!" I have missed your wisdom on this site.
    As for Christmas... I learned that in the Philippines, celebration for Christmas begins in September and carries on for all the "..ber" months. There's no advertising per se, which makes it more bearable.
    Back to your post - I agree. Amen!
    -donna

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  7. Good golly, YES!! I find it exhausting to spread all the hustle/bustle of Christmas so far back into the year.

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  8. Christmas is coming to the stores too soon. I do love Autumn but have a harder time each every year letting go of summer. I like summer more now that I'm not working! I hung the fall wreaths on my doors today....and I got some pumpkin spice coffee. I'm getting there!

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  9. I totally agree Glenda, it's just crazy. I know you made the day for the WS manager :)

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  11. It is way too early for me too! I know when I worked in the retail sector though ~ we had all of our Christmas Shop open for Thanksgiving weekend which is in Oct here in Canada. The general decorations were in Nov. I tend to like to have my shopping done by Dec 1st so seeing a bit of Christmas in November ~ especially the sales ~ makes me happy! House decorations are the first week of Dec and comes down New Years Day.

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  12. I think retailers are so blessed by kind words...they get so few.

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  13. So funny you should mention this. Yesterday we were listening to peaceful religious music on Pandora after church when the midst of our peace was rattled by a rambunctious Toys R Us Christmas ad. It was such a jarring shock in the midst of our quiet Sunday afternoon. Such an unpleasant way to get hear your first of thousands of holiday promotional ads. :( I'm going to follow your lead and stay in peace & in the proper season.

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  14. And while you are on the subject, I so wish we could all get Target to not put out their school supplies before the Fourth of July. Buying school supplies is painful enough, I don't want to have to look at them while shopping for sunscreen.

    And I have a feeling I know just the Williams Sonoma you are talking about. I love window shopping there. Such a beautiful store!

    Enjoy your week,
    Kate

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  15. Hi Glenda, I so agree. There is a season for everything. This summer, I just loved (not) hearing Rudolph the red-nose reindeer playing over & over on one of the ice cream trucks. I thought. for sure, they had lost their mind :D

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  16. oh i SOOO agree. kinda drives me a little crazy. retail rushes us as if we need that help. so much of media does that to us and it is hard to get away from.
    i did't know you lived in minneapolis? i loved it there. going to try and spend a lot of the summer there this coming year...by the lake:)hugs to you grandma:)
    xo

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  17. I totally agree with you! I wish Fall and Thanksgiving could be given their 'season' before Christmas emerges on the scene. It would make Christmas so much more special! I have a rule that I made for myself when I was a young girl - no Christmas music until Thanksgiving night! And when I put it on I love every minute of it!
    ~Adrienne~

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  18. I hate to rush the seasons too but usually do anyway! I rarely decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving though...that just doesn't seem right. Hope your days have been beautiful.

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  19. An ORANGE KitchenAid? Be still my heart! Glenda, recently I heard a Christmas commercial and think I saw decorations at Tuesday Morning yesterday. I'm not sure though, because I glanced down the aisle but didn't traverse it. Living on a farm, it's easy to live within the seasons...or perhaps, easier. Right now, I'm just trying to get ready for winter which requires more immediate attention.

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  20. Glenda, I agree. Why is everything in a rush???

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  21. "and a time for every purpose under heaven... " YES!

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