STRONGSVILLE - It’s Halloween night and all through the street, creatures are stirring door to door for trick or treat. But inside some homes, some stores, on radio and tv, Christmas is already here. Is it too early?
“When does Christmas season begin,” wonders shopper Charles Haase. “Each year, you notice, it keeps getting sooner.”
Charles is not complaining, he’s just wondering. He came to Petitti Garden Center in Strongsville specifically looking for a Christmas item…on Halloween.
“Don’t ask. There’s medication for this problem,” jokes Charles.
He came to the right place. Petittis looks like a Christmas wonder land as soon as you walk through the door. Is it too early? Not for some shoppers.
“You walk in here and you cannot deny it. It is Christmas as Petittis,” says Annie Dorsey, the marketing director for the garden center. “As soon as we start putting our holiday materials on the floor, shoppers start snatching them up.”
They still have Halloween and fall decorations available, they’re just at the center of the store marked 20% off. They had to move it all to make way for their massive collection of Christmas décor and displays that takes 8 weeks to set up. So for Petittis, it starts to look a little like Christmas after Labor Day.
“Petittis actually has some of the largest Christmas displays you’ll find in the entire country. This is a really long, creative process. This started 8 weeks ago and continues right into Thanksgiving,” says Dorsey.
They’re not alone. Some big box stores have Christmas décor up and ready, while some plan to make the switch next week. Sirus XM is launching their Christmas music channel on November 1st and Great Lakes Brewery has already tapped their Christmas Ale.
“We were watching Hallmark this weekend,” admits Charles, as the television station has already begun to show Christmas movies.
The moral of the story is maybe you should wash down that snickers with a glass of eggnog while listening to Bing Crosby, because Christmas isn’t afraid of Halloween.