History of Christmas Creep

Finally! Someone in the media admits the whole idea of “Christmas creep” is historic — that the modern day claims of Christmas beginning earlier and earlier are an absolute lie. Check out this outstanding article from Slate.com showcasing the history of Christmas creep.

Uneasiness over November shopping and outright ire over September and October sales are now some of America’s oldest Yuletide traditions. Like the annual unwrapping of a fruitcake or an ugly sweater, the idea that Christmas “comes earlier every year” is entirely predictable, bound by tradition—and yet somehow always surprising to us.


But the bigger question is…why? Why the stink? Are there really that many people who detest an early Christmas?

This is capitalism, folks.

If it doesn’t sell, it doesn’t happen. So a case can be made that people actually prefer an early Christmas — for whatever reason.

Which begs the even more specific question: why does the media push Christmas creep as a viable trend? Could there be an agenda behind it?

Of course there is. It is all a part of the war on religion (not Christmas). Like it or not, believe it or not, practice it or not — Christmas is, for most people still, a religious observance. It isn’t enough to have watered Christmas down to a secular season of excess, to have commercialized it to such a degree that it is nearly unrecognizable to those who strictly hold it sacred anymore. It isn’t enough to bemoan the arrival of the season as one of stress and depression.

Christmas, you see, is not like any other holiday. It isn’t just a day. It is a season.

People don’t gear up for Valentine season. Or Memorial Day season. Or Thanksgiving season. Christmas is a literal state of mind, universally, for at least one month out of the year. That significance, that kind of focus, that continual messaging of Jesus Christ is abhorrent those critical of faith with an agenda to drive religion out of the public debate.

Just as there is no other season there are no other complaints about excessive holiday clamor for any other day of the year. Nobody complains of Easter baskets sold in February, of swimsuits sold in March, of garden supplies sold in the dead of winter or parkas sold in July. But put out a shingle selling Christmas in September and how does the media alone respond?

People must like Christmas in August, September, October and, yes, early November. It sells.

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