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.

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.

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.

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.

Consumer Website Critical of Christmas on Sale

Consumer Website Critical of Christmas on Sale

The Consumerist — a publication advocating for consumers — has their Christmas knickers in a twist again that a store is selling Christmas lights in September. The big offender? Fred Meyer. In Alaska.

Alaska, last we looked, is a place that can get winter weather in September. Maybe, just maybe, someone there might want to hang their lights while the weather is still good.

But no. The Consumerist has spies everywhere and they have decided that there is a difference between Christmas shopping season and Christmas decorating season. They seem genuinely bent out of shape that Christmas decorations are — gasp! — for sale long before Halloween.

Where’s the crime, fellas?

It’s a store. They sell stuff. That’s what they do.

Everyone — shoppers and long distant critics alike — has their freedom of choice. They don’t have to buy the stuff.

Retailers are crazy folks. They watch trends. Typically they don’t put stuff on sale that doesn’t sell. After all, selling stuff is what they do.

We don’t think they put that Christmas stuff out to set a mood.

Christmas Creep isn’t what happens when stores put Christmas things on sale.

Christmas Creep is what happens when idiot publications and media outlets start complaining about it.

Walmart Drilled for Christmas Creep in August

Walmart Drilled for Christmas Creep in August

If you walk into a Walmart right now you will not see a Christmas tree, hear a Christmas song or even find a single Christmas decoration for sale. Not yet.

Nevertheless, MarketWatch.com, a website that tracks business, is in a tizzy that Walmart is announcing their layaway program two weeks earlier this year and that means Walmart is guilty of saying the C-word in August (as if that itself is a crime):

On Thursday, Wal-Mart announced that it was…starting its holiday layaway program on Friday, giving consumers from now until Dec. 14 to pay for their Christmas presents. This is “a full two weeks earlier than last year,” the company boasted in an email sent this morning. In other words, it’s official — Christmas creep now starts in August.

Questions for MarketWatch: What is it about layaway that makes this “Christmas creep”? Who, exactly, is complaining? Who is taking offense? Who is overwhelmed by the presence of Christmas this creates? Why is this a thing? How is this bad for Walmart? How is it bad for America? Why do you care? Can’t you just report the news without offending those who — gasp! — like to prepare for Christmas?

We love this quote:

This, we have no doubt, is going to dismay many Americans. More than seven in 10 Americans say they are either “annoyed” or “very annoyed” when they see holiday items in stores before Halloween, a survey by data firm RichRelevance found.

Really?

Would it surprise you to know that we surveyed Walmart shoppers hours after you published this “news”? We found ZERO out of 100 were “annoyed” or “very annoyed” by Walmart’s layaway announcement.

In fact, most seemed quite pleased.

Media Freaks Over Fox August War on Christmas Coverage

Media Freaks Over Fox August War on Christmas Coverage

Christmas Creep has a new angle: talking about the War on Christmas is just too soon in August.

The August 14th episode of Fox and Friends featured Elizabeth Hasslebeck interviewing the mayor of Belen, New Mexico. It is a very familiar story: the town, whose name in Spanish means Bethlehem, displays a nativity year round. Yes, it’s Jesus on public property again.

Naturally, the Freedom From Religion Foundation protests and threatens to sue the small town for billions. Here’s the story from local news.

But the story is not the story.

What gets the rest of the media is that Fox is talking about Christmas in August.

Salon magazine was breathless in their coverage of Fox’s coverage of — gasp! — The War on Christmas in August!

They’re just freaking out about it.

Raw Story even posts a picture of a pouty Hasslebeck — as if she is quite distraught reporting the news.

Who is behind it all? Media Matters — yup, the left wing media watchdog whose agenda just happens to support….the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The Frisky (an ad laden site that appears to embrace any kind of contrary opinion) likely put it best:

Is it just me or does it seem like the War On Christmas comes earlier every year? For it is only August and already Elisabeth Hasselbeck is biting her nails and fretting that this
will finally be the year when she is forced–at gunpoint, naturally–to celebrate Hanukkah instead.

Here’s the funny thing: you will find more in a Google search about this story of MEDIA complaining about Fox….than you will of media reporting on the FFRF’s cases against Belen, New Mexico.

All this and STILL separation of church and state is not in the Constitution.

Outrage as London and Toronto Stores Merchandise Christmas

Outrage as London and Toronto Stores Merchandise Christmas

The annual war on Christmas always begins with Christmas Creep and this year it begins with international flavor. Early this first week of August upscale London retailer Selfridges opened their Christmas store to wide media disdain while Costco in Canada — which has been selling winter coats since June — has now put up the Christmas trees and lights.

Selfridges claims their 3000 square foot Christmas offering was launched to capitalize on the summer tourist trade at their flagship Oxford store. Knowing they would be facing some media heat for making the first push of Christmas in stores Selfridges almost relished all the attention, saying:

“We have been opening the doors to our Christmas Shop during the summer for years now and have become a real destination for those fans of Christmas and festive decorations within and outside the UK.”

Costco isn’t apologizing either. They claim they have been merchandising Christmas in August since 1986.

One Canadian radio station took to Twitter to harvest negative reactions to Costco’s Christmas offerings.

In the USA only the hobby and craft stores seem to pushing Christmas already and they claim do-it-yourselfers drive that business as they get busy now working on Christmas projects. In the coming weeks we can expect USA Costcos, Sam’s Clubs, Walmarts and Targets to all switch from back-to-school promotional merchandising to Christmas — a period of time where patio sets are on clearance side-by-side with Christmas trees.

It happens every year but every year the media claims it happens earlier than ever.

Let Christmas Creep Season Begin

Let Christmas Creep Season Begin

It is August. No more Christmas in July. That means it is officially fashionable to harp about Christmas — between now and Thanksgiving. It is a great American holiday tradition.

For the past month “Christmas in July” has been a theme used to promote retailers, boost charities and theme community events if only to mock the heat of the season. That has been, as tradition dictates, completely fashionable. But that season is now over. It is Christmas creep season now.

That means we will see the beginning of Christmas merchandising. Stores like Walmart and Kmart will launch layaway programs. States will declare finding official Christmas trees. Holiday events will be announced. Christmas albums will be released.

Seasonal flavors come to market and that comes under fire too. We will see “pumpkin” spiced coffees, ice creams and breads. There will be egg nog mixers and candy cane candies — in October or earlier. Untold amounts of beer will be consumed each weekend for football in the weeks ahead — but just don’t make it a holiday ale.

And all of it will be declared “Christmas Creep” because it isn’t happening when media moguls consider it to be Christmas.

We see the same claims every year. They say “Christmas creep” begins earlier and earlier. They say it is more pervasive than ever. They will say the public hates it (they don’t). They will claim it has to change (it never does). They will say it is ruining Christmas, family, religion, and likely causes cancer. They will declare Christmas a menace — a threat to Halloween, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving.

None of it is true. And none of it changes.