DENVER — Friday was a beautiful fall day with temperatures well above the norm.
Thanksgiving is still weeks away. But it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on this fine second day of November
Is it too early? “No, it’s not. I love Christmas,” says a downtown Denver worker.
And so do retailers who say it’s never too soon for Santa. “People are wanting to get into the season sooner. So we’re getting things up a little sooner,” said David Michaud who manages the Ace Hardware of Cherry Creek.”
Christmas time is a big time for retailers. Every year Christmas decor makes its debut a little sooner, and this day, “We’re earlier this year than last year, and last year we were earlier than the year before,” said David Arabie who manages the Ace Hardware at Alameda Station. “I don’t even have my Christmas tree up yet. You put your Christmas tree up on Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving is not even here yet,” said a downtown shopper on the 16th Street Mall.
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We’re not picking on Ace Hardware, the Home Depot, Lowes, Target, Sam’s Club and many other retail stores are already stocked up on stocking stuffers, Christmas trees and all the trimmings as well.
“I think we should respect Thanksgiving, it’s kind of disrespectful,” said another downtown lunch-goer jokingly.
So the question is, just how early is too early for Christmas? “The Fourth of July,” said Michaud of Ace Hardware. Hmmm, we’ll see about that.