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AIBU? think that 6th November is way too early for Christmas decorations in Costa Coffee ?

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IndigoSpritz · 06/11/2018 13:55

I couldn't believe it when I walked in this morning and there was tinsel on the ballustrades, stars on the window panes and a Christmas tree on a window ledge.

Has the world gone mad ?

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MerlinsScarf · 06/11/2018 15:02

It doesn't bother me in the least. We're seeing friends and family, going on a Christmas trail and so on throughout December so I like being able to do the 'casual' festive things before then and to pick up presents in advance. If you find drink you like then there's time to have it a few times before the season is out, and surely much of it is actually wintry more than exclusively Christmassy.

As soon as it's January several shops I can think of roll out the suncream displays, then there are the months and months of summer songs, so I can't see that Christmas is the only culprit.


Parttimewasteoftime · 06/11/2018 15:14

Our town centre lights are on next week!? Dare I mention the Christmas ads I hate Kevin the carrot!


sweeneytoddsrazor · 06/11/2018 15:26

The sunscreen and stuff comes out as people are looking to book summer holidays. Just booked a holiday see some sunscreen pick it up. Fairly simple straightforward marketing.


Kemer2018 · 06/11/2018 15:31

Too early. But retailers are desperate and must stretch xmas into 2 months. They try to create a sense of urgency/panic to incite us to start earlier than we need to. Then comes december and folk may think "i haven't bought enough..." so buy more shite that will end up at next years tombola, cupboard, regifted etc.
Utter nonsense.


MerlinsScarf · 06/11/2018 15:53

Well of course that's why the sunscreen comes out. And in November people are looking to make their Christmas arrangements...


toomuchtooold · 06/11/2018 15:56

As soon as Guy Fawkes is over it's fair game as far as I'm concerned Grin I made Christmas cake this year anyway so Christmas started for me a month ago.


NRPDad · 06/11/2018 15:58

I was in one briefly on Sunday 4th and they had Shakey's Merry Christmas Everyone playing.



puzzledlady · 06/11/2018 15:58

I think it’s wonderful. My grandmother won’t see another Christmas and she loves Christmas so I want her to see as much of Christmas as she can - is that so wrong?


Devillanelle · 06/11/2018 16:00

'They should all be banned before December, this just sucks all the fun out of Christmas '

This annual whingefest sucks the fun out of it for me. YABU OP.


Homethroughthepuddles · 06/11/2018 16:03

I agree. No decorations or Christmas music until December 1st. That way the magic and excitement might actually last until Christmas day and beyond. Rather than people ripping down their trees on Boxing Day.


Breadfoam · 06/11/2018 16:03

A lot of shops put their Christmas displays up in October. I do feel when Christmas (which is essentially just two days) takes over a quarter of the year it is getting out of hand.
The Range were playing Christmas songs yesterday. I find it all just feels a bit forced when it’s so early. I can’t get excited about it and then by December I’ve had enough. It would be more special if it was just during December which is what I count as the ‘festive season.’
I’ve started my Christmas shopping to spread the cost... but that doesn’t make it Christmas.


JellyBaby666 · 06/11/2018 16:13

My bigger issue with Costa is despite it not being remotely Christmas yet they've got rid of their autumnal drinks! Went in for a pumpkin spice latte last week (Thursday, so 1st Nov) and the bloke there laughed at me!


sweeneytoddsrazor · 06/11/2018 16:13

But thats exactly the point @Breadfoam. You , and countless others are already Christmas shopping and stores want your custom. So when you are in them they are reminding you that your Christmas shopping is underway and you are far more likely to make a purchase. If everybody started shopping in Dec thats when the stuff would come out.


ManonBlackbeak · 06/11/2018 16:14

Next in my local town centre has a huge Christmas tree in the window, and has done for about the last fortnight.


fuckitbuckit · 06/11/2018 16:21

One house we trick or treated at was in the middle of putting their Christmas tree up.... she came to the door with a bowl of sweets and the hallway had baubles and tinsel everywhere :( kids were in back room putting the tree together in their Halloween outfits


Homethroughthepuddles · 06/11/2018 16:22

Sweeny I don't think anyone's in any doubt that the ever earlier appearance of Christmas decorations and music is down to commercial decisions.

But that doesn't mean it's okay or that it isn't annoying for those of us who don't like the way that Christmas seems to be beginning earlier and earlier every year, or the increased focus on buying stuff and spending large amounts of money.


Breadfoam · 06/11/2018 16:22

sweeney yes but all mine so far has been online! I haven’t bought anything from a shop.


WhatToDoAboutWailmerGoneRogue · 06/11/2018 16:23

Don’t ever work in a card shop. Christmas cards and music out late July.


ALongHardWinter · 06/11/2018 16:41

What about the Christmas songs they're playing in there now? Grin. I didn't go in my local Costa's for a few days,and when I went went in there this Sunday just gone,Christmas had arrived! And this was on the FOURTH of November!


IndigoSpritz · 06/11/2018 17:30

I don't think Costa has any excuse for this carry-on. It isn't, strictly speaking, in the retail industry but, rather, hospitality and by no means at the sharp end. It's the largest coffee shop chain in the UK with stores and franchises everywhere. It isn't exactly desperate so doesn't depend on seasonal trade booms. Then again, they appear to be getting away with it. I love my Costa visits but I don't approve of their shameless seasonal exploitation.

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RottingGooseflesh · 06/11/2018 17:38

I looove Christmas but it's too early 😩
I haven't even had the need to wear a coat yet, seeing decorations is very discombobulating


Mughalswife · 06/11/2018 18:11

I think retailers might be missing a trick. I would rather shop somewhere that promised not to introduce Christmas decorations and music etc before December. And I suspect lots of people feel the same! There's nothing wrong with buying Christmas stuff now (some preparations have to be done earlier than December), but why do we have to be surrounded by all the trappings of Christmas for so long? If I know I've got to buy Xmas cake ingredients or a present to be posted before the last posting date to the other side of the world, tinsel in November is not going to lure me into a particular shop.


Oldraver · 06/11/2018 18:15

I personally think the should wait until after, at least Remembrance Sunday


UterusUterusGhali · 06/11/2018 18:15

Two. Fucking. Months of this shit.

I love Xmas, but I don't want it to last 1/6th of the year. Angry


E4e2756611 · 06/11/2018 18:18

It isn't exactly desperate so doesn't depend on seasonal trade booms.

It doesn't depend on them, but consumers demand seasonal products. The menu is regularly updated and altered; it doesn't remain constant. The Christmas menu is popular simply because it is more decadent and a 'treat'.

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