We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Have a friend who works at Home Depot - she said they - the workers - just dread putting it all out so early. People start buying, yes, but they also give the workers much grief about the early displays. Some very vocal.
Let's see, Obama should have something to say about this as it must come under the Commerce clause:
No item for holiday consumption can be displayed more than 30 days before said holiday; i.e. Valentine's Day cards may go on the shelf January 16, Halloween costumes on October 1, etc. Unless, of course, the item is imported from China (or Mexico or Venezuela or Cuba) as we must allow for empowerment of the underclasses the U.S. has so long suppressed from their inherent superiority.
Aging population requires more time to shop and pay (spent two extra minutes in line this mornin' waitin' on old timer to find his credit card and punch in the proper #'s AND sign the pad after the goods were tallied AND sacked. [no complaint but observation])
They need more time to wrap and package AND mail gifts, too.
they waited until mid october to put up the Christmas displays?
Probably had to wait until after some muhammedan festival to prevent hurting muhammedan feelings or something...
Can remember Christmas displays being up early september a few years ago here.
That stopped after a big backlash as people complained about stores gearing up for Christmas shoppers before St.Nicholas day (which is big here), and large numbers started boycotting any store that put in their Christmas displays before 7 December.