Chicago Tribune – Christmas creep a trick or treat trick to boost Santa sales
Chicago temperatures in the 70s this week be damned, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Well, maybe not a lot, but enough. Holiday items are popping up in stores. Catalogs are showing up in the mail. The price cuts already have begun, and wise men eyeing year-end travel have looked to the skies and received signs their trips should already be booked.
Driving this Christmas creep are businesses dreaming of a bright Christmas, just like the ones they used to know. Market research shows a vast majority of us profess that it’s ho-ho-horrible to edge into Jack Frost territory before the jack-o’-lanterns have ceded the stage. Tough tinsel.