Notepad on Life

August 26, 2013

Retail grinches who steal Christmas

Filed under: Consumer — - @ 8:32 am
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Even if you are blessed with a family devoid of the irritating black sheep who turns up uninvited and then overstays his welcome, you don’t entirely escape the attendant sinking feeling, should you live in the UK.

For every August, our summer is gatecrashed by two entities that show up way ahead of their time. The football season on our TVs and Christmas in our shops.

I enjoy both but not while there is still sweat on my brow and burgers on the barbecue.

Once the leaves turn colour and the breezes stiffen, football is forgiven but I’m beginning to think Christmas doesn’t get off so lightly. Each year, I seem to hear more people confess to being sick and tired of all things Yule by the time the big day arrives and I believe retail overkill has a lot to do with this. The goose that lays the golden egg isn’t nurtured but worked to exhaustion.

And the irony of Christmas being turned sour by the very stores that want us to have “THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!!!” continues to escape everyone in a position to do something about it.


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