The Great American Christmas Creep

No, I don’t mean that jerk who hangs around way too long at Christmas parties just to get a load off of free booze, I mean the practice, termed in the highly materialistic 80s as Christmas Creep where stores put holiday merchandise and begin holiday sales campaigning before the accepted holiday season. While retailers around the world force Christmas trees on their shoppers earlier these days, the US has made it into an art form, taking the first sales of the season from Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) to this year’s 3 weeks before Hallowe’en. It’s about this time of the year I notice myself and others about my age start to sound just like our parents when we start crabbing about being subjected to Christmas carols 5 minutes before Christmas Eve (as well as too many shoppers, not enough snow, not enough parking spaces, too much traffic, crappy sale prices, too much snow, too many snow days, not enough wrapping paper, not enough Christmas bonus). But we can all take comfort that indeed, we’re not getting older (we are, just not that much older), the Creep was pissing people off all the way back to 1974 when Charlie Brown commented on the rise of materialism in It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown. Check it:

Courtesy Kitty Rawwrr

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