Shops have a scary way of prematurely reminding us what 'season' it is, don't they? Suddently, as soon as one holiday is over, the shops are cleared out and replaced with the next slew of festive supplies. Take our fine city, for example. First it was back to school, and suddenly, right on the coattails of that event, shops are already stocking up on Halloween candy - from Costco to Sears to Loblaws - and we've barely cracked September! Well, as sudden as this all seems, it pales in comparison to what's happening in the UK - shops are already stocking up for Santa's return.
As if to remind people to start packing on the pounds for winter hibernation, shops like Sainsbury's and Tesco in the UK are stocking their shelves with mincemeat pies and Christmas chocolates - with 115 days remaining until Christmas! What the...? And within weeks, the decorations will be up. I shudder - I'm still wearing my sandals! Don't remind me of winter just yet!
Clearly, all that food isn't' going to stick around until the big guy in red shows up, but by that time, there will be a lot of good look-alikes if all those desserts get eaten. Same goes with us here in Canada - my guess is that many of those boxes of mini Halloween chocolates aren't going to the kiddies. And Halloween is in a month and a half! Well, on the bright side, at least we don't have to look at fake snow and Christmas trees just yet. No, those will show up on November 1st. Hold on to your hats.
Read more at Independent.ie (Sept. 13, 2010) in the article called "Early Christmas for supermarkets".