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Christmas decorations out early this year

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I was recently at canadian tire and was heading toward the seasonal section when I noticed an employee carying a christmas tree. I thought I was seeing things.But I was still curious so I walked a little further and my heart began to race and my mouthe started watering, all and I mean all of their christmas decorations were on the shelves.

I immediatly went for my wallet to pull out my trusty Visa card but I had forgotton my wallet at home. My wife was very happy I forgot my wallet because I would have maxed it out in one day. Oh well there's alwayse tomorrow:D

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I think it's weird....

I went in one of our big lots that I don't get to that often early this month...walk in and they had summer stuff on the bottom shelves leading into Halloween and on the top riser were Christmas items on display. Then when you turn the corner you stepped into the Fall/Thanksgiving aisle.

I was expecting to hit Valentine's day next but ran into toys instead...lol

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Haha, I think it's great! It's because of people like us that they bring that stuff out so early! I love seeing it! It's really gets me in the mood! Target is nearly in full swing already with their lights and you can count on most of their Christmas stuff being out November 1! They already have the lights out!! What's better!?

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As much as I love Christmas, it would just dilute the special feeling that Christmas time brings. If it was year-round it would just be every day....blah. Let's give everything their proper place.

"To everything, their is a time and place under heaven" :)

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I think they've figured that since a lot of us keep asking them every year in October when the Christmas lights will be out, we want to see them now. It's pretty easy to spot the real Christmas nuts because we're the only one's in that section.:D

My wife was shopping at Target and wondered where I ran off too. When she realize that the Christmas lights were out, it was the first place she checked.:rolleyes:

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I'm with all of you. I had to get a few extra c-9's that I needed for a project I started in July. I was pleased in Aug when Hobby Lobby had their lights out so tha tI could get the strands that I needed. One question: Has anyone found lights at their local WalMart yet? Big Lots, Target, Lowe's, Hode Depot, lots of others....but no Wal Mart lights here. Anybody else have the same experience?

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