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November 18th, 2007
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Tis the season
Heard "Feliz Navidad" on the in-store radio while eating lunch at Rubio's with kadyg today.

OFFICIAL START OF 2007 CHRISTMAS SEASON: November 18
OFFICIAL LENGTH OF 2007 CHRISTMAS SEASON: 38 days

You may now begin your anguished wailing, holiday preparations and/or metadebate over the perennial "War on Christmas."

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I'd also like to interject a prediction about Christmas season length.

Most people would say that the maximum possible Christmas season length is 366 days (it begins Dec. 26 and extends through a leap year). I don't think this is the case.

The nitpickers' argument -- that depending on one's definition of "Christmas season," it might hypothetically be possible to start a Christmas season before the previous Christmas concludes -- is worth mentioning. But I'm not trying to talk about hypothetical maximums. I'm trying to talk about practical maximums.

In practical terms, the season is still nowhere near its possible length -- Christmas has already overrun Thanksgiving, and occasional sightings have been made indicating potential to similarly overrun Halloween. Obviously other holidays aren't a barrier. But there is one thing that can arrest a holiday buying spree:

Another holiday buying spree.

Thanksgiving and Halloween have little to no overlap with Christmas buying, which is why they have both been so ineffective at holding back Christmas season creep. They're both food-based holidays and Christmas is a merchandise-based holiday. The final pre-Christmas merchandise-based holiday isn't actually a holiday at all. It's the back-to-school rush, when not only all manner of supplies, but also clothes and accessories and technology, have to be procured.

So. I predict that the Christmas season's maximum upper bound is approximately 110 days. Beyond that, retailers are just robbing their own pockets -- money spent on children's gifts can't be spent on school necessities.

(Also, back-to-school traditionally heralds the start of autumn. Christmas has acquired the theme of a cold-weather holiday. You can somewhat get away with extending a winter holiday into fall, but never into summer. The cognitive dissonance would be too great.)

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From:roaminrob
Date:November 19th, 2007 07:04 am (UTC)
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Christmas? What's that?
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From:krinndnz
Date:November 19th, 2007 07:04 am (UTC)
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A mall around here, that I hate anyhow, put up their Santa pavilion (no Santa yet) festooned with Nutcracker Suite shite, November 1.

That day and the next, a block away, Dia De Los Muertos festivities commenced, ignored by the world of commerce. I found that a bit comforting - but they're coming for you next, amigos.
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From:nolly
Date:November 19th, 2007 07:47 am (UTC)
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Sorry about that :) It's not radio, though; it's a hard drive based MP3 player, the TruSonic MBOX. Unless your Rubio's isn't playing what they're supposed to be playing, of course.

Edited at 2007-11-19 07:47 am (UTC)
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From:dancinglights
Date:November 19th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
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There were Christmas decorations up for sale around here before Halloween. More accurately, they were up before Halloween, taking up the space of Halloween decorations. It was at this point that I decided I'm officially done with Christmas. I may be visiting my terribly Catholic in-laws for a week, but it's not like we get the excuse to see them any other time. I've been quite openly pagan for years now, enough with this red and green commercialism, I'm done.
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From:arethinn
Date:November 19th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
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I still like Christmas, although we are very secular about it in my household. I like greenery and festoonery and twinkly lights and baubles and candles and cozy fires and all that rot. Life would be sadder without peppermint candy canes. But I draw a hard line that under NO circumstances do such decorations go up until after Thanksgiving, and preferably not before the first of December. eurgh.
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From:zuki_san
Date:November 19th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
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With this year's notable exception of a no-longer sold model of an excellent mp3 player, I tend to never start buying Christmas gifts until, say, the first or second week of December. I grumble about creep, but it's really moreso on my list of things to be apathetic about.

I find 'When the Christmas Music Starts Playing in Public Places' to be a good indication of when the season has 'officially' started. I find your observations about the only things that can hold back creep to be similiarly sensible.
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From:wy
Date:November 19th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
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So, what will be the effects of global warming and different perceived seasonal change (longer perceived fall season) on the Christmas creep?

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From:baxil
Date:November 19th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
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To be honest, I don't think that'll stop any retailers. If they can put out snow-based advertising with a straight face in, e.g., San Diego, then they can find excuses to creep it closer toward summer.

I could be wrong here. But I think the summer/fall transition is more psychological than seasonal. It's really the shopping spree of back-to-school that makes the most difference.
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From:joysweeper
Date:November 19th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
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The college I go to is private and Methodist - there is a church on campus, and the leader-guy there teaches some classes, although thank the deity of one's choice that I'm not required to attend - and there are churches scattered across the whole city. Somehow, for some reason, there was actually a "Christianity Awareness Week". With flyers. In _September._

And during that week, the karking belltower was playing Christmas carols. *shakes head* They were loud, too.

If this wasn't a liberal arts college as well, I think I would have gone to Eastern. _Their_ bell tower played Star Wars.

Interesting image. Back-to-school and Xmas season(I wrote Xmas as Xman. Ooops), crashing into each other like tsunami waves, with the other holidays eddying about in between.
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From:paka
Date:November 19th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
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Ya know, for a holiday that supposedly comes only once a year, Christmas sure manages to squat on about 60 days or so.
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From:arethinn
Date:November 19th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
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I wonder then what is the upper limit of the back to school purchasing season. Is it the end of the previous school year? Memorial Day, maybe, which often comes with lots of sales and buying for summer?

The one before that must be... hm... it's either Valentine's day, or we've wrapped around to Christmas again.
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From:baxil
Date:November 19th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
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I'd think back-to-school is somewhat self-limiting; there's no way people are going to shop for it before the previous school year ends. At least under our current system, where we give folks a three-month vacation between iterations.

V-day's another food-based holiday. Or, well, chocolates/flowers/cards/jewelry. It doesn't have the wall-to-wall merchandising Christmas does. Then again, nothing really does.
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From:frameacloud
Date:November 20th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
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Pish posh, only November 18? That was last year! The offensive radio station my clock-radio is tuned to was playing a commercial with Jingle Bells in the background on October 28, and they've played it at about the same time each morning since then. On Halloween, there was an advertisement on TV for The Nutcracker. Let alone overrunning Thanksgiving, Christmas has overrun Halloween, and I won't stand for that! Where's Jack Skellington when you need him?

Speaking of the offensive radio station, I'm thinking of getting an alarm clock that plays CDs instead. I need to put together a morning mix first to make it worthwhile. Stuff that starts the day on an energetic and positive note. You're the local music expert. Do you have any morning music to recommend?

(Anything is better than having commercials playing on the clock-radio while I'm still half-asleep. Later that day I'll be wondering why I have a deep urge to go buy a Dirt Devil or something. The commercials for medicine are the worst. They're usually narrated by somebody with a stuffy nose and labored breathing, describing their itching burning sensation and gory oozing toxic death pus. What a great mental image to start the day!)
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From:baxil
Date:November 21st, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)

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This is true. I've been pretty sheltered this year. (Thank goodness.)

Morning music! Energetic and positive. Alright. Let me direct my brainstorming a little. Give me some genre preferences --

* Lyrics or instrumental?
* Electronic, electric or acoustic?
* Subtle (calm, gradual wake-up) or sudden (wake the dead)?

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From:frameacloud
Date:November 21st, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)

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Doesn't matter whether it's instrumental or not. What matters is that it has an active beat (or at least something happening) within the first minute, if not the first thirty seconds. It shouldn't have its first sound be something alarming, however-- no sudden boom, crash, animal noises, or sound of footsteps walking into the room accompanied by someone talking. It can leap right into some guitar or something, though-- I have Devo's "Girl You Want" on my list of songs I might use. The idea is that music is a gentler way to wake up than using a plain buzzing alarm clock. So I guess it would be somewhere in between subtle and sudden.
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From:kadyg
Date:November 20th, 2007 09:16 am (UTC)
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Oddly enough, when I lived in Alaska I always had all my shopping done by the first week of October. Why? Because all the Tourist Tchotcke Shops would stay open for a few days after the last cruise ship pulled out and the locals would head downtown and get their holiday shopping done. Then a couple weeks later the PFDs got delievered and you would go buy yourself something nice. It was a good system and very practical.

Then I moved back down south and realized that the rest of the country was on the same schedule, only without the cheap tchotcke angle. Sad, really.

....can we move to Alaska?
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