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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.