At first I was excited for the presidential election to be over because that meant we would all finally be free of campaign commercials. Then I realized the horrifying truth–no more campaign commercials just means they’ll start running Christmas commercials. And it’s not even Thanksgiving yet.
I started seeing Christmas commercials last month, but those were extremely rare–after all, people just had to get their precious political ads on TV! But now that the election is over, I’m expecting the number of Christmas ads to increase dramatically. And I. Do Not. Like It.
Look, I love Christmas as much as the next person, but showing commercials for it before we even have Thanksgiving–or Halloween, for that matter–is absolutely ridiculous! People probably aren’t worried about Christmas this far advance; they’re worried about how they’re going to get through all of the stuff that comes before it! Besides, some of us actually like Halloween and Thanksgiving and would like to take the time to enjoy those holidays instead of feeling as though we’re being rushed through to Christmas! Do your sales really improve that much by advertising so early?
On a happier note, I’m very pleased to see that so many stores are saying they’re going to be closed on Thanksgiving. Some of those Black Friday sales were turning into Black Thursday sales, and it didn’t seem right that those retail workers were forced to spend the holiday at a cash register instead of a turkey dinner. It will be interesting to see what my local new stations do, though, because a lot of them will run stories on the Thanksgiving night sales–standing outside talking to people in line and stuff like that.
I will admit that seeing the stores put their employees before profits renews my hope in humanity somewhat…but it’s still too early for Christmas commercials.