Please Stop Sharing This Photo Of A Nordstrom Anti-Christmas Creep Poster

Please Stop Sharing This Photo Of A Nordstrom Anti-Christmas Creep Poster

Here in the Consumerist Cave, we’re always amused when a photo or a story makes a complete lap of the newsosphere, and a reader sends it to us having no idea that it originated with us. This week, things are starting to get strange, as social media users are sharing and even legitimate news outlets are posting a small, blurry camera phone photo of a sign posted at Nordstrom about their Christmas decorations policy. A photo that we posted six years ago. [More]

(Courtesy of @stevejacobs on Instagram)

Macy’s Herald Square Welcomes The Start Of Fall By Putting Up Christmas Decorations

Twinkling lights have been hung on boughs of evergreen with care, sparkling ornaments are shining merrily in their Christmas trees and Santa’s sleigh waits, gleaming and ready, behind a velvet rope. All before the first official day of fall, at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City. [More]

The Santa Bear Horde Is Ready To Devour Us All At Kmart

The Santa Bear Horde Is Ready To Devour Us All At Kmart

If you love super cute and super affordable Santa teddy bears wearing knitted hats and scarves, and you also love getting way ahead on your Christmas shopping, Kmart is the place to go. Reader Alan snapped this picture of the adorable yet soulless horde, pleading with us all to join them in a shopping frenzy. [More]

Fred Meyer Kicks Off Christmas Decoration Season On Labor Day

Fred Meyer Kicks Off Christmas Decoration Season On Labor Day

While Alaska is closer to the North Pole than the rest of the country, that doesn’t mean that the Christmas season starts any earlier there than it does in the Lower 48. Unless, of course, you’re retailer Fred Meyer. Or does the Christmas season start on Labor Day everywhere now? [More]

Reminder: Hallmark’s Ornament Launch In July Is Not Christmas Creep

Reminder: Hallmark’s Ornament Launch In July Is Not Christmas Creep

We take a firm stand against Holiday Creep, which is when retailers start to merchandise and decorate for a given holiday months in advance. The offending holiday is usually, but not always, Christmas. Every year around this time, we hear from exasperated shoppers who walk by a Hallmark gift shop and see their display of new Christmas ornaments, leading our readers to wonder what this world is coming to. Yet Hallmark’s Christmas displays aren’t what they seem. [More]

Hobby Lobby Misses Prime Opportunity For More Christmas Mashups

Hobby Lobby Misses Prime Opportunity For More Christmas Mashups

Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft and home decor chains, is infamous on this site for two things: being the first retailer to put out Christmas merchandise every year, and for taking advantage of that fact by making glorious “Nightmare Before Christmas” trees, or Christmas trees covered with beautiful fall leaves and acorns. That’s why we’re disappointed in them: if they’re going to get Christmas decorations out in May, why not double-celebrate other holidays too? [More]

(Consumerist reader Lindsey)

When Is The Right Time For Santa Claus To Set Up Shop At The Mall?

There’s Christmas Creep, and then there’s showing up so early to the party that your guests aren’t even aware they’ve been invited yet. At least one mall in these United States has already ensconced the seasonal Santa Claus in his digs, surely giving some Christmas Creep curmudgeons out there a case of the grumbles. [More]

PayPal Says That The Holiday Shopping Season Began On September 30th

PayPal Says That The Holiday Shopping Season Began On September 30th

Here at Consumerist, we’ve been complaining about Christmas Creep for the better part of a decade, but maybe it’s time to admit defeat. The American public has apparently accepted retailers’ efforts to force the holiday shopping season to begin even earlier. According to PayPal, Americans kicked off the unbridled commerce season sometime in the evening on September 30. [More]

(SchuminWeb)

Target Baiting Holiday Shoppers With Free Shipping On All Items This Season

There’s nary a bit of frost on the ground and yet it’s time for retailers to start gearing up for the holidays. Getting off to a running start today is Target, announcing that starting today it’ll offer free holiday shipping on everything it sells online for the first time. [More]

Christmas Trees Now Found Next To The Patio Furniture

Christmas Trees Now Found Next To The Patio Furniture

What season is it? We can’t blame shoppers for being confused when they wander into this seasonal mashup at Menards. When the timing is a little off in a store’s Seasonal section, things get kind of strange. Of course, Christmas stuff out on display in late September is no longer jarring to Consumerist staff. If it’s after Labor Day, Christmas merchandise on the shelves no longer fazes us. With patio furniture, though? [More]

Hallmark’s Ornaments Christmas Creep Up On CVS

Hallmark’s Ornaments Christmas Creep Up On CVS

In our years of posting about the retail menace that is Christmas Creep, we have developed a list of situations that are not eligible to be declared Christmas Creep. For example, craft stores know that you’re starting your Christmas crochet projects in mid-August, and Hallmark always introduces its Christmas ornaments in July. Yet Hallmark has taken its ornament collection to CVS, and reader Victoria is not pleased. [More]

Here’s Hobby Lobby’s Nightmare Before Christmas

Here’s Hobby Lobby’s Nightmare Before Christmas

We complain about holiday mashups and Holiday Creep, but we secretly love “Nightmare Before Christmas” displays, where retail necessity meets art, and cool holiday mashups ensue. Hobby Lobby puts out their Christmas merchandise early, even by craft store standards, and we have gradually grown to enjoy these Halloween trees, even as it’s fundamentally wrong to celebrate the coming of autumn with evergreens. [More]

Kmart Airs What Is Totally Not A Christmas Commercial

Kmart Airs What Is Totally Not A Christmas Commercial

Last year, discount retailer and aspiring landlord Kmart kicked off its Christmas marketing early. Really early. Last year, the chain waited around until September 10 to start airing its first Christmas ad. This year, they moved that start date up, presumably so people who chatter about retail would complain about the early start date and embed the ad. You win, Kmart. [More]

Christmas Tree-Shaped Ice Cream Is Here In Time For, Um, Summer

Christmas Tree-Shaped Ice Cream Is Here In Time For, Um, Summer

What better way to celebrate “Christmas in July” than breaking out Reese’s peanut butter cups shaped like pine trees? Yeah, we didn’t think that it was such a good idea, either, especially since it’s no longer July. However, the freezer case at Walmart disagrees. [More]

Canada Discovers Christmas Creep At Costco, Blames America

Canada Discovers Christmas Creep At Costco, Blames America

The United States isn’t responsible for everything that’s wrong with the world, but we certainly can accept the blame for one global menace: Holiday Creep. Specifically, Christmas Creep. Now the CBC is using the emergence of Christmas décor in July as evidence that Americans are nothing but soulless mall-romping monsters. [More]

USPS Is Not Encouraging You To Buy Christmas Stamps In June

USPS Is Not Encouraging You To Buy Christmas Stamps In June

Maybe it was a terrible mixup or an employee prank. We’ll probably never know why a poster advertising Christmas stamps suddenly appeared in the window at reader Chris’s local post office in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but we’re kind of relieved to know that it was not part of a massive Christmas Creep marketing push. [More]

Planning Ahead: USPS Advertises Christmas Stamps In June

Planning Ahead: USPS Advertises Christmas Stamps In June

We’ve chronicled the financial problems of the U.S. Postal Service, and it’s great that they’re seeking out new revenue sources. This prominently-placed poster in reader Chris’s local post office encourages postal customers to prepare early and buy their Christmas stamps now. In June. For Christmas cards. Cards for that holiday that doesn’t happen for another six months. [More]

Sears Reminds Customers: Only 199 Shopping Days Until Christmas

Sears Reminds Customers: Only 199 Shopping Days Until Christmas

Reader Andy sent us this e-mail he received from Sears as an example of Christmas Creep. He was confused that the retailer has already started its holiday marketing. A look through the Consumerist archives leads to a different perspective. It indicates that maybe Sears has figured out when the major gift-giving holidays actually are. [More]