Early Christmas decorations: Make it stop or keep 'em coming?

CORNING, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - *Plays Jingle Bell Rock*

Ah, Christmas. It's time for hot chocolate, festive displays, holiday shopping, and- woah, woah. Wait. Back up! It's not even Thanksgiving yet! Why the rush with early Christmas decorations and retail items? 

"If you don't have it ready, they're going to go somewhere else to get it," Barbara Thompson, manager at Crystal City Olive Oil, said. "We've got wonderful products that people want, so we try to accommodate the customers."

Sporting early Christmas decorations and selling retail items are similar to stores selling pumpkin spice in the summer. People only consume it for a limited time, so businesses are trying to get the biggest bang for their buck. 

Also, Gaffer District businesses don't really have a choice with their displays. The Gaffer District has employees going store to store putting it up, free of charge, and they say the holiday season for businesses begins on November 1. 

"For someone like myself and my team member, we have 50 businesses we need to decorate by the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, so on Small Business Saturday it looks fantastic when you're doing all your local shopping," Meghan O'Toole Tuazon, the visual design manager with the Gaffer District, said. 

But despite these sooner than expected Christmas decorations, some consumers don't seem to mind.

"I love to see them," one resident said. "I can't wait until the lights are on on Market Street. It just makes things more festive."

"Downtown Corning, for instance, on Market Street, I love it because you have the lights," Painted Post resident Brenda Roche said. "It's very nice."

Others have different opinions. 

"I don't like them out before Thanksgiving," Cindy Brylansky, a Hector resident, said. 

"I really think of this as a special season, so I want to keep it special," Rochester resident Kathy Lomoglio said. "I don't need it."

Some people also say they get started on Christmas decorating in their homes around early November because once December hits, they get too busy with shopping and holiday cooking, so they at least get that part of the way. 


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