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Old 11-20-19, 11:01 PM
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Christmas inflation

We have inflation for everything else. Money, universes, there's even grade and degree inflation. They've been playing Christmas carols on the radio for a week or two and it's not even Thanksgiving. Next year they'll be dreaming of a white Christmas before Halloween.
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Old 11-21-19, 01:52 AM
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We have inflation for everything else. Money, universes, there's even grade and degree inflation. They've been playing Christmas carols on the radio for a week or two and it's not even Thanksgiving. Next year they'll be dreaming of a white Christmas before Halloween.
Ummm ... is it the early 2000s?

Christmas decorations etc. have been appearing in stores about mid-October for years.
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Old 11-21-19, 03:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Ummm ... is it the early 2000s?

Christmas decorations etc. have been appearing in stores about mid-October for years.
Here in the USA, we have two major holidays first.

Halloween, Oct 31
Thanksgiving, Last Thursday November (or 4th Thursday).

But, yes, they start bringing Christmas stuff out early.

The Christmas shopping season also traditionally has been tied to Thanksgiving, and kicks off the Friday following Thanksgiving, called "Black Friday", usually marked by a lot of advertising and sales, including many stores selling a limited number of items at ridiculous prices (at least for retail). For example, ONE TV for the whole store at the special price. In some places, people will camp out in front of the store the night before to get that ONE TV.

But, non-US countries may not have that same tradition.

I've been getting ads from UK bike vendors calling their sales "Black Friday" sales all month.
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Old 11-21-19, 05:39 AM
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Australia doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving at all, and only does a tiny bit for Halloween. So the Halloween decorations (very few) and Christmas decorations (more) start coming out about the same time: mid to late October.

Canada celebrates Thanksgiving in early October, and Christmas decorations start appearing after that.


I've had a hint of Christmas decorations up for a week now.
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Old 11-21-19, 06:26 AM
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Scrolling through our on-screen TV guide, The Hallmark Channel has been screening their predictably gooey romantic Christmas scripts since late summer.
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Originally Posted by bobwysiwyg View Post
Scrolling through our on-screen TV guide, The Hallmark Channel has been screening their predictably gooey romantic Christmas scripts since late summer.
Thanksgiving is late this year. Retailers started early to make up that week of shopping lost
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Old 11-21-19, 01:05 PM
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Santa Claus was invented by capitalists to exploit Christmas. So instead I worship the Sun God I just have to remember to put on 70 sunblock.
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Old 11-21-19, 01:39 PM
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We've got the original Santa here, and he arrived last weekend and goes back to Spain on the 6th of december, but he specifically related candy and cookies start beeing sold in late september. It's a typical winter celebration, connected to the cold and it getting dark at 5 or 4 p.m. but shops appearently just want to be early and in september people want to enjoy the last bits of summer. It just annoys people and complaining about shops starting earlier every year has become part of the tradition. It can't imagine it's good for business, the cookies and stuff are great, but they aren't the whole year around for a reason. They'll know how much they sell, but business is not always rational, probably beeing first has a lot to do with the entrepreneur's self image.
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Old 11-21-19, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
So instead I worship the Sun God .
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In our house we gave up on Christmas decorations the second our boys said they didn't want to help decorate the tree.

It's been 3 foot plastic pre-decorated tree ever since (and I'll never go back!)
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Ahhh...

When can we go back to only having 12 days of Christmas...

And gifts like a Partridge, French Hens, Turtle Doves, etc.

I'm not sure about the rings... and not enough rings for the milking maids.
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I hate Christmas.
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Old 11-22-19, 04:59 PM
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I hate Christmas.
Originally Posted by Bob Dorough
Merry Christmas
I hope you have a white one, but for me, it's blue

Blue Christmas, that's the way you see it when you're feeling blue
Blue Xmas, when you're blue at Christmastime you see right through
All the waste, all the sham, all the haste
And plain old bad taste

Sidewalk Santy Clauses are much, much, much too thin
They're wearing fancy rented costumes, false beards and big fat phony grins
And nearly everybody's standing round holding out their empty hand or tin cup
Gimme gimme gimme gimme, gimme gimme gimme
Fill my stocking up
All the way up
It's a time when the greedy give a dime to the needy
Blue Christmas, all the paper, tinsel and the fal-de-ral
Blue Xmas, people trading gifts that matter not at all
What I call
Fal-de-ral
Bitter gall, Fal-de-ral

Lots of hungry, homeless children in your own backyards
While you're very, very busy addressing twenty zillion Christmas cards
Now, Yuletide is the season to receive and oh, to give and ahh, to share
But all you December do-gooders rush around and rant and rave and loudly blare

Merry Christmas
I hope yours is a bright one, but for me, it's blue
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OK I like Christmas after all
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Here in the USA, we have two major holidays first.

Halloween, Oct 31
Thanksgiving, Last Thursday November (or 4th Thursday).


But, yes, they start bringing Christmas stuff out early.

The Christmas shopping season also traditionally has been tied to Thanksgiving, and kicks off the Friday following Thanksgiving, called "Black Friday", usually marked by a lot of advertising and sales, including many stores selling a limited number of items at ridiculous prices (at least for retail). For example, ONE TV for the whole store at the special price. In some places, people will camp out in front of the store the night before to get that ONE TV.

But, non-US countries may not have that same tradition.

I've been getting ads from UK bike vendors calling their sales "Black Friday" sales all month.
Internet computer retailer NewEgg was doing "Black November" all November back 10 years ago....NOTE, that the deal universally sucked and basically everything was actually regular price or higher. Now many retailers are doing the same thing.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Ahhh...

When can we go back to only having 12 days of Christmas...

And gifts like a Partridge, French Hens, Turtle Doves, etc.

I'm not sure about the rings... and not enough rings for the milking maids.
There's only one ring to rule them all...
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Old 11-22-19, 06:43 PM
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I want snow.
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Here’s a cool story: It’s snowing in Arizona’s high country

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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Here in the USA, we have two major holidays first.

Halloween, Oct 31
Thanksgiving, Last Thursday November (or 4th Thursday).


But, yes, they start bringing Christmas stuff out early.

The Christmas shopping season also traditionally has been tied to Thanksgiving, and kicks off the Friday following Thanksgiving, called "Black Friday", usually marked by a lot of advertising and sales, including many stores selling a limited number of items at ridiculous prices (at least for retail). For example, ONE TV for the whole store at the special price. In some places, people will camp out in front of the store the night before to get that ONE TV.

But, non-US countries may not have that same tradition.

I've been getting ads from UK bike vendors calling their sales "Black Friday" sales all month.
Halloween a Major Holiday...that's stretching it a bit.
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Halloween a Major Holiday...that's stretching it a bit.
Isn't the definition of "major holiday", that it has its own flavored/seasonal coffee creamer and beer?
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We call that frost here.
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I hate Christmas.
Me too I wish it would go away
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Recently, at work I asked my very devout xtian coworker about the proper number of candles on a birthday cake for Jesus. He said 2019. But we then discussed if Jesus was 35 or 36 years old & if that would mean (2019+35) 2054 candles was the proper number, that's when things got interesting...Do we start with zero or one?

In any case at 1/4 inch per candle with at least one candle width between candles, that's a minimum about ~1000 square inches for a proper birthday cake. Who even has an oven that big?

Would Jesus prefer a sheet cake, or standard 2 layer, round? My vote was for a 7 layer unicorn cake before my co-worker quit talking to me.

I dunno, man...the whole thing seems pretty silly to me.

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I believe modern archaelogical/historical research puts Jesus' birth around 3-4 BC. And in the spring.
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