Target Puts the Creep in Retailing

Target Puts the Creep in Retailing

The Washington Post, NBC News and even Drudge Report all bought into Target’s headline fight against “Christmas Creep”. From coast to coast, Target made news by slamming Christmas.

But walk into any Target anywhere in the world and what do you see? Wall to wall Christmas. And it has been up on Target shelves since August.

What gives?

Is Target really fighting Christmas creep? Or are they merely trying to pull a fast one?

It’s worse than that.

They are lying.

The socially sensitive and politically active Target just can’t seem to get it’s message right. “Christmas creep”, to them, evidently means that customers don’t want to see Christmas ads in October.

For two days now Target – and those who haven’t done any homework – are congratulating Target for ‘focusing on Thanksgiving’ – instead of Christmas in late October and early November.

Memo to Target: That’s not what Christmas creep is.

You can’t claim to be a warrior against Christmas creep while displaying nothing but Christmas all over the store.

Target has out the Christmas cards, the lights, the decorations, the clothes and the foods. Christmas is everywhere at Target. Right now. And this makes them ‘focusing more on Thanksgiving’?

I don’t see Thanksgiving sweaters or cards or special Oreos or CDs. There are not Thanksgiving trees, or lights and what passes for décor in Thanksgiving at Target is enough to make a pilgrim throw up.

This same company – Target – famously hijacked Black Friday in 2011 by moving it’s door buster deals to the weekend after Halloween.

Now they expect us to believe they’ve given all that up – for the sake of focusing on Thanksgiving?

Nobody is that stupid, Target.

Here’s what is really going on: Target is waving the white flag of surrender to the big boys in Christmas retailing. They give up.

What they are saying is that you won’t see a Christmas ad or sale from Target until the day after Thanksgiving. With this politically correct move what they’ve done is essence is save millions of dollars from advertising against the likes of Walmart for the first 24 days of November.

It’s called the Nordstrom’s Approach to Christmas Retailing.

Every November Nordstrom’s hangs a snotty sign in their windows declaring, in sanctimonious tones, that they celebrate their holidays one at time and Christmas of any sort won’t appear in their stores until after Thanksgiving is done.

Forget the fact that on every Nordstrom website and catalogue there’s nothing but Christmas galore to be had from August forward.

That’s what Target is doing – waving the moralistic hand on the left while picking your Christmas pocket on the right.

It more than smacks of hypocrisy.

It means that Target thinks everyone is dumb.

It is difficult to fathom the thinking behind such a move. But then again, maybe it’s not.

This is the same company that gave us the Christmas credit card breach to millions of people, who turned transgender bathrooms into a debate that only pedophiles shop at Target, and who kicked bell ringing Santas from its doorsteps.

Target sure has a lot of faith in their signage. They entered the gun control debate with a sign that they are sure will stop conceal carry patrons from entering their stores.

And don’t forget, if an item or a brand that bears a Confederate flag in their logo or designs – it cannot be sold at Target.

When it comes to social statements we’d rather just see Target shut up. They just can’t get their crap together.

Christmas Creep isn’t a thing. We’ve been saying it for years.

But since Target insists that it is a thing we think they should put their money where their mouth is: box up every damn Christmas product in that store and don’t bring it out until Thanksgiving is over.

Until you do that, you’re liars, hypocrites and thieves – to everyone.

Who in the Media Will Be the First to Complain About Christmas Creep

Who in the Media Will Be the First to Complain About Christmas Creep

It’s that lovely time of year again. Christmas in July is over. The media has spent its orgasmic energy praising Amazon for holding a sidewalk sale. And there’s nothing yet to complain about.

Until they notice the Christmas stuff at Hobby Lobby. Then the bombs will drop and we’ll start hearing the first complaints of Christmas Creep.

Oddly enough, those complaints will last ALL the way until Thanksgiving.

So who will be the first to say it? The LA Times? TMZ? Time.com? Forbes?

They have all complained about Christmas-when-they-don’t-like-it-before. And they are just itching with Trump in the White House for this rumble to get started.

But so far everyone has held their fire. In fact, it has been eerily quiet on the Christmas war front. We cannot say that we expected that.

But we have no doubt it will happen soon. After all, Mariah Carey is already trying to sell her 25 year old record again.

And Chaz the Spaz has already announced his Satanic-Trump-Weenie Pole for the Florida Statehouse again.

They’re all primed and ready to explode. All they need is a trigger.

Wonder where it will happen?

Media Claims Thanksgiving Closings Fights Christmas Creep

Media Claims Thanksgiving Closings Fights Christmas Creep

The trend of Christmas shopping 2016 is for malls to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day. The media declares this development a fight against Christmas creep.

Having a hard time putting your head around that? Yeah, us too.

Television KSDK in St. Louis is claiming in a new report that a local mall is giving up its Thanksgiving business in order to give mall employees a chance to stay home for the traditional family holiday. This, they claim, is the mall’s way of fighting back against Christmas creep.

Let’s give KSDK a little lesson. We’ll bet them any amount of money that all four of the local malls own by CBL Properties in St. Louis put their Christmas decorations up the first week of November.

You see, they don’t give a rat’s ass about Christmas creep. (And the public doesn’t either).

CBL is closing their malls on Thanksgiving Day for one reason and one reason only: money. Oh, and news reporters. They can’t have news reporters showing empty malls on Thanksgiving Day. And that’s exactly what they reported last year when malls DID open on Thanksgiving Day. Yes, shoppers did shop some last Thanksgiving. Just not at a mall.

They went to Kmart, Walmart and Macy’s, the big retailers really driving the shop-on-Thanksgiving trends.

Sorry, KSDK. The malls are no heroes. If they want to be, let’s see them give employees the same days off but just for the whole weekend.

Oh, never going to happen? Right. This is about money. And nothing more.

Fighting “Christmas Creep” is kind of like going to war against fog. It can be done….but who cares? You see, Christmas creep is a myth. A total myth. It doesn’t exist and there aren’t enough dumb television stations in the world to convince us other wise.

Fox13 in Tampa Declares Christmas Creep Season

Fox13 in Tampa Declares Christmas Creep Season

Even with a major hurricane bearing down on them Fox13 in Tampa is reporting the early presence of Christmas in stores as “a thing”. Forget the fact we’ve shown over and over that Christmas creep isn’t new or even bothersome. They insist “Christmas is creeping into stores earlier than ever” and that it is a “sign of the times”.

Clearly, this is yet another media agenda driven attempt to re-write history and create something out of nothing.

They cite a Credit Card.com “survey” that says three fourths of respondents object to early Christmas in stores. The survey was done with just 1000 people and they claim it was “scientific”. That same scientific survey also reported that more than 34 million shoppers had completed their Christmas shopping already.

Wow. That’s a lot of really upset people spending against their will.

None of these are real numbers. In fact, these numbers are suspiciously similar to the numbers they reported last year. (Fox13 wouldn’t know that because they did ZERO research on this non-story).

If Christmas creep is really a “thing” then why do retailers bother putting out product that supposedly doesn’t sell?

And where’s the “outrage” when we see lawn mowers in January or swim suits in April? Halloween stores have been open for two months yet there’s nary a word about Halloween creep.

The problem with media outlets like Fox13 in Tampa is that they are lazy. They don’t bother to research before they report “a story”. Christmas trees in Costco in October is NOT a story.

This is, by the way, why people still insist there is a “war on Christmas”. Pointless stories that paint Christmas as some kind of demon really do have a point — and even a media entity such as Fox13 Tampa which makes their money from advertisers at Christmas time are part of the problem.

Media Claims UK Shoppers Angry Over Christmas in Shops

Media Claims UK Shoppers Angry Over Christmas in Shops

Christmas shoppers in Plymouth, England are evidently fed up with Christmas. A merchant there dared to put out Christmas cards for sale the first week of September and according to UK media shoppers are appalled and angry.

Mrs Ivey, who was visiting Plymouth to do some shopping, added: “It’s absolutely daft. I leave my Christmas shopping as late as I possibly can. “I think it’s a great shame that shops are already selling Christmas items because by the time Christmas comes, you are so fed up with it.

The article is one in a series that have popped up over the past several months attacking Christmas in the UK — a somewhat new phenomenon. But the anti-Christmas sentiment seems to be picking up steam in England these days. Last month a politician spoke of banning Coke trucks at Christmas because they are making UK children fat and when a department store opened their Christmas shop on August 1st — something they have traditionally done for years — the media cried foul.

What’s happening in the UK is the same thing that has happened for well over a decade in America — the media is trying to spur outrage where there is none. Free market forces determine the right and wrong in these issues: if items don’t sell merchants just won’t stock them.

The UK is famously Christmas crazy. Though time schedules in the UK vary slightly from that of the US they have for decades started earlier and celebrate Christmas longer than their American cousins. For years Brits have prided themselves on a lack of a “War on Christmas” in the Uk.

Those days appear to be over.

Mystified Media Struggles to Explain Christmas in Stores in August

Mystified Media Struggles to Explain Christmas in Stores in August

Despite the fact there is an historic, ugly election going on plus the Olympics, a huge refugee problem, a devastating war in Syria, the winning Chicago Cubs, another major earthquake followed by an epic typhoon in Japan, sagging oil prices, and the impending death of Obamacare going on the media is asking this burning question: why are there Christmas decorations in stores in August?

It’s time, folks, for the mythical season of “Christmas creep”. That’s the mysterious, so-called season of disbelief that retailers would — gasp! — stock Christmas items when it isn’t Christmas. Forget the fact this has been going on for over a century. Forget as well that shoppers really don’t mind it, as the media told us last year. It’s a mystery, doggone it — a travesty. A sick sign of society’s decline. Something must be done!!!!

In Cleveland the media is just baffled. But they have taken a cerebral approach to merchants and they just ask WHY? Their answer: “Um, we gotta put it somewhere“.

In Chicago they seem perplexed when the National Retail Federation of Sicko Shoppers and Crazy Christmas Extremists explains that 40% of shoppers want to buy this stuff before Halloween.

And in Utah — of all places — they publish the first truly epic Millennial whine about Christmas altogether. Really, this is an editorial to behold. You have to read it. Wrong not only is Christmas in stores but also the fact that we don’t call Jesus Yeshua, is, for whatever reason, a crime against humanity.

Get ready for three solid months of this from the media. They are only getting warmed up.

The first reminders about Christmas layaway will hit TV screens just after Labor Day and that really unleashes the whining about Christmas out-there-before-December-23rd. Even in an election year when the advertising of all things takes a seriously twisted turn we’re going to hear nothing but moans from an industry — the media — about Christmas.

Forget that Christmas pays their salary. Forget that people love it. The media just loves to attack it.

Cries of Christmas Creep in UK Ring Hollow

Cries of Christmas Creep in UK Ring Hollow

On the first of August a London department store opened their Christmas shop. That’s not news. They have been doing that for years. What is news is that the media in England — the very birthplace of Dickens and the modern Christmas — is now creating a campaign against Christmas and generating polls that “show” your every day British citizen is against Christmas in August.

A survey conducted by shop4pop.com — a UK printing establishment whose very lifeblood comes from Christmas advertising — is cited in local British media as surveying that only “Most (38.7 per cent) said that one month in advance was an acceptable time for retailers to start their seasonal advertising. A similar 34.7 per cent though that between one and two months was enough.”

But…here’s the media kicker —

Worryingly, a fanatical festive few believed that Christmas ads should start in the middle of summer, with 7.2 per cent saying they’d be happy to see them more than five months in advance.

What makes this unbelievable is that England is the country where Christmas advertising is as big as Hollywood movies. The world there literally stops the first week of November as annual commercials by department stores are unveiled with movie-like debuts and instantly go viral on social media. These are not your run of the mill Christmas advertisements to be compared with anything in the United States — these have to be seen to be believed.

Don’t believe us? Check out this ad from 2015 on Youtube. The video has more than 26 million views. And it is a commercial.

Other commercial aspects of Christmas are as anticipated and traditional in England too. Coca Cola has roving lighted trucks that roam the countryside going from town to town in England to big crowds and huge fanfare as fans cheer them from the street. This isn’t just selling a beverage — to the Brits it is a celebration of Christmas.

The British are famously Christmas crazy. They have — even more than the United States — started it earlier and celebrated it heartily for centuries.

It’s not like they are going to turn it off over night.

Public opinions in the UK have never cried of Christmas creep before. Never.

In other words, much like the campaign against Christmas in the United States, this new claim in England is purely a media agenda.

But watch it go now.

The war on Christmas might be late to the party in the UK but it’s there now. And it is only getting started.

Canada Wigs Out Over Costco Christmas in July

Canada Wigs Out Over Costco Christmas in July

It has finally happened — a retailer celebrating Christmas in July has been accused of Christmas creep. Costco stores in Canada are in the news and under assault on social media for selling Christmas items in July.

Forget the fact that Christmas in July has been a retailer tradition for more than a century.

And forget the fact that the media by and large gives retailers everywhere a pass until August 1st before lobbing bombs about Christmas Creep. Forget the fact as well that the linked news source above has broken the 20-year tradition of first complaining about Pumpkin Spice season before complaining about Christmas Creep.

This is a huge leap from standard media protocol about Christmas. This crosses a whole new line.

Christmas creep is a season that runs from August 1st until about a week before Christmas. The purpose of the season is to complain about the presence of Christmas in public in any fashion. Christmas creep is far more than complaining about retailers. It now encompasses people who hang their lights too early, cities who parade Santa too soon, towns who light trees in November and even schools who practice Christmas songs at Thanksgiving.

From this point in the calendar year forward you can expect more and more whining about Christmas in the media. And even though you won’t find a single person in your circle of influence that knows or cares about any of this the media will still claim that people all over are talking about it.

Don’t believe it.

Christmas Creep Comes to the Movies

Christmas Creep Comes to the Movies

Hollywood has not produced a decent Christmas movie in over a decade. But that does not mean they don’t keep making them. They’ve got a new one coming out in 2016 called Almost Christmas and they have already started marketing the film. And that has some in the film business saying, “What? It’s June!”.

Yup, Christmas Creep has come to the movies.

Almost Christmas opens on November 11th, stars Danny Glover as the patriarch of a family just recovering from the loss of his wife. They are, of course, dysfunctional, weird, twisted, gross and crude (you can watch the trailer below).

But they aren’t talking about that. They are talking – complaining – about a Christmas movie being hyped out of season.

Their justification? Read:

A Christmas movie trailer at the height of summer just feels like an unwelcome reminder that time is passing much faster than we’d like to think. Before you know it, this year will be over, and then this decade, and then the decade after that.

Yeah, we know. Pretty weak for a Christmas creep argument.

We’ll just say the movie industry should just button up on this one. If anyone is guilty of creep in any season it is the movie folks. After all, Star Wars Episode VIII comes out for Memorial Day in 2017 — and everyone already knows it.

No, what the movie industry should be working is making decent Christmas movies. This one, obviously, won’t go down in history as anything special:

Christmas Creep Season Kicks Off in the UK

Christmas Creep Season Kicks Off in the UK

Christmas creep season officially got underway for the 2016 with the airing of White Christmas on May 29th, drawing the ire of British media and on Twitter. The UK publican Marie Claire claims the British public is “outraged”.

Local television station More4 defended itself by claiming they were celebrating the original release date of White Christmas — the song — of May 29th, 1942. Most think of Bing Crosby’s White Christmas as an American song but really the song was an international smash as it became the anthem of World War II for all service and military members missing Christmas at home.

But evidently the holiday classic shown in May is too much for some Brits, who complain that even “mince pies in September” is an outrage.

The ironic and interesting sidebar to this story is that White Christmas is an entirely secular Christmas film. There is nothing religious about it. Religion overall is frowned upon generally in the UK these days and Christianity itself has waned, especially with the growing number of Muslims settling there. So this is not a protest against the religious Christmas.

This is merely an temper tantrum about seeing Christmas too soon in the UK.

The British Battle Over Christmas Creep

The British Battle Over Christmas Creep

Nobody celebrates Christmas like the British. They may say “Happy Christmas” instead of “Merry Christmas” and they embrace Christmas pudding as a holiday food but pound for pound they are just as Christmas crazy as anyone. So the fights against Christmas in Britain are just as real as they are anywhere else — even when it comes to nonsensical things like Christmas Creep.

One of the more unique UK traditions is the lighting of streets in busy shopping districts. It’s a huge deal. Big budget money is set aside for these events and lighting ceremonies featuring celebrities is quite common. Light a street for Christmas in the UK and the undeniable message is for folks to get Christmas shopping. And, of course, the street lighting ceremonies “get earlier and earlier each year”.

The media in Great Britain has done exhaustive scientific research and they have concluded that if things continue on their current track they will be celebrating Santa in July by the year 2100. Seriously. See the chart below:

quartzs_oxford_street_christmas_creep_calculator

This is Quartz’s Christmas Creep Calculator. Quartz is a UK publisher with huge concerns about Christmas lights on UK streets and the damaging affects they have on morality, global warming, organic fruit, and the occurrence of liver cancer in neighborhood cats.

Of course, they decry anything remotely associated with the American Christmas:

The UK has recently imported the “Black Friday” tradition from the US, despite the day after Thanksgiving having no particular significance in a country that doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving.

Newsflash to Quartz: Christmas in July in the USA is already a thing. It has been for over a century.

Get over it.

HuffPo Complains About Christmas Creep in FoxNews

HuffPo Complains About Christmas Creep in FoxNews

We are as critical of Fox News as anyone. But this is one we just don’t get.

Huffington Post is complaining now that Fox News is reporting “the war on Christmas” too early — a weird kind of Christmas creep complaint.

Can Fox control when news breaks?

Really. The story coming out of Elkhart, Indiana has been in the news cycle since Labor Day. The school didn’t ask for the letter or lawsuit from the FFRF. And Fox didn’t rush to report on it either.

But it IS news — and darn if it isn’t a genuine concern to people who live in Indiana that have been celebrating the Christmas for the same way for decades only to have someone from out of state come in and accuse them of holding “an illegal Christmas celebration” (That still gets me. What are they going to do, give them a ticket?)

Like it or not, it’s happening, HuffPo. In October. We know you’re not supposed to complain about the phony war on Christmas until November. But the FFRF broke the rules here.

Whether HuffPo agrees with it or not — why get on Fox News for reporting it? After all, the story was covered as well on MSNBC. And the LA Times. And the Washington Post. So who is really guilty here?

What exactly is Fox guilty of? The War on Christmas knows no season — unless you’re an Atheist organization.

The FFRF only talks about Christmas until January 1, then they drop it until…Labor Day.

The FFRF forgets about Christmas between New Year’s and Labor Day.

Then it becomes pray and cross season, when they go after anyone praying in public or displaying a cross.

Christmas comes around for the free-for-all that it is between Labor Day and New Year’s.

HuffPo should KNOW this. They are one of the agenda drivers.

This really showcases how the media craps all over themselves to justify the agenda. The phony War on Christmas stuff isn’t supposed to happen during the phony Christmas creep season.

Man, this is getting surreal.

Sheesh.

Virginia Radio Station Slammed for Christmas Music in October

Virginia Radio Station Slammed for Christmas Music in October

Richmond, Virginia radio station 103.7 FM flipped the switch to Christmas music in early October — and is getting slammed for it.

What exactly is behind the decision to start with Christmas music while temperatures remain in the 70s around Central Virginia? 103.7 Play host Melissa Chase said they just felt Richmond needed a pick me up.

“This year people needed the holiday spirit a little earlier than usual,” Chase said. “There was stress over the parking with the UCI bike race and almost getting hit by a hurricane. RVA needed this.”

But according to the station’s Facebook page not all listeners were feeling the Christmas love.

“Really? Might as well just play it all year round. I just removed this station from my choice buttons. Just like retailers, it is horrible to push this on us,” 103.7 Play Facebook fan Carrie added.

“Seriously? We loved listening to you at work. Well not anymore. This is why people are sick of Christmas before it begins!” Facebook fan Heather warned.

“Geez, I can’t believe people are getting so upset over this,” Sherry interjected. “It’s really no different than walking into a store and seeing all Christmas decorations being put up. It gave my son and I good laugh this morning when we heard Christmas music playing.”

For 103.7 Play host Melissa Chase, it’s all about the Christmas spirit.

That might or might not be true. Some radio stations play Christmas music for a period of time before going through major format changes. The tactic has been used several times in recent years as a method of resetting listener stats and starting over with a station. It isn’t clear if this is the intent of 103.7 or not.

Media Explodes with Complaints of Christmas Creep

Media Explodes with Complaints of Christmas Creep

No sooner did CreditCards.com publish a survey showing that millions of Americans have started their Christmas shopping than the media exploded with complaints of Christmas creep.

In New Jersey a radio station made no attempt at journalistic integrity — they just posted every negative comment they could find from an informal poll on their Facebook page. Apparently NOBODY in New Jersey likes to see or hear about Christmas in September.

In Tampa the media declares “the Christmas creep has started — whether we like it or not”.

In Pennsylvania they noted the milestone of September 15th and the fact that marked 100 days until Christmas…but that Christmas Creep is coming, so you better watch out. (Is this getting ridiculous or what?)

In New York Christmas creep is so bad they just tell the story in pictures. They posted a grand total of two images.

TIME magazine won’t even call it Christmas creep anymore — they call it “Holiday creep” because, doggone it, they aren’t going to contribute to the madness that is “Christmas”.

But not every media outlet is covering Christmas creep this year the same way.

CNBC’s own headline told everyone to “stop complaining about Christmas creep” because many shoppers actually like Christmas shopping early.

In British Columbia a university is actually campaigning to explain Christmas creep and the many myths behind it. They say it is nothing new and that claims Christmas “comes earlier and earlier” are just false.

And in Florida, a television station reports that customers have been asking when the Christmas stuff was going to be put out.

Christmas creep is as false as the war on Christmas. It doesn’t exist. There is nothing new about Christmas in the marketplace months before Christmas. It has been well documented that from July forward Christmas has a strong presence in stores.

No doubt that it grates on the nerves of some people but the vast sentiment against Christmas is a media manufactured controversy.