It probably no longer shocks most of us to see Christmas decorations in stores before Halloween is over.
But Christmas in September is definitely pushing it in my book.
A widely-circulated photo on Facebook of a sign on a Nordstrom’s window points out that the retailer has a long-standing policy that its stores aren’t decorated for Christmas until after Thanksgiving.
The way it  should  be:
There’s just one problem with that widely-circulated photo: if you look closely, you’ll note that it says, “We won’t be decking our halls until Friday, November 27.”
In 2011, the Friday after Thanksgiving is November 25th. In 2012, it’s the 23rd.
[info_box]Nordstrom confirmed to Patrick’s Place via Twitter that the policy is still in effect in 2012.[/info_box]
I don’t expect most people to walk around knowing the date of the Friday after Thanksgiving, even when it’s just a few weeks away.
My excuse is simple:   since I have a birthday that week, and since my birthday happens to fall on Thanksgiving every four years, I make it a point to know what the dates right around that holiday are, so that I know when my Thanksgiving meal will be accompanied with a birthday cake on the same day.
Ask me the date of the fourth Thursday in June and I wouldn’t have a clue.
Based on the date, where and when you  find it online, it appears that the sign depicted on Facebook was from 2009.
I found one photo of a Nordstrom’s holiday sign with the right date, posted in October of this year, here:
Nordstrom’s policy earns it attention among those who hate to feel like they’re being manipulated by early decorations, and that policy’s been around for at least 20 years now.
Do you agree with their stand, that holidays are better when they’re celebrated “one holiday at a time,” or do you think retailers decorating for Christmas in September is no big deal?