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PHOTOS: Christmas in October

Tis the season?

Christmas Day is still 70 days away, but you'd never know it by looking at the seasonal shelves in Bowie's big box retailers. 

While looking at Halloween decorations with my littlest one, he became confused when confronted with a large, white, glowing lawn ornament. 

"Mom, is that a ghost?" my three-and-a-half year old queried, sounding completely baffled. 

It was not a ghost. It was a snowman, although given we were otherwise surrounded by Halloween decorations, his confusion was understandable. 

I went on a little tour of Bowie's discount stores last week and found, right along side the pumpkins and Halloween candy - Christmas trees, candy cane lights, life-sized electric penguins and giant, inflatable snow globes. 

Thanksgiving is 37 days away and there was nary a turkey or cornucopia in sight. 

Here's a gallery of some of the "seasonal" decorations I spied in Bowie stores last week. If these photos are any indicators, I expect the neighbors will have their Christmas lights up before you can say "Trick-or-treat."

Tamarra Thomas October 17, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Jenni, I agree. I love Nordstroms because they refuse to hang Christmas decorations before black friday. I wish more retailers would go back to that.
Jenni Pompi October 17, 2012 at 11:45 AM
I know, Tamarra - and I love the holidays. I start listening to Christmas music on Thanksgiving, but when small children are confusing the holidays, something is amiss.
Tamarra Thomas October 17, 2012 at 01:05 PM
That's funny I have to warm people that December 1st all I listen to is Christmas music till January. I love the holidays, just not in October.
Matthew Jackson October 17, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I guess i can understand where you would prefer christmas decorations come later in the year, sometime after black friday sounds about right but you also have to keep in mind that most small retailers aren't nordstroms. with small retailers like this that have to put out what they have in hopes of getting some revenue. my family usually gets some decor from a discount store, but this year they really did not have anything halloween related. so we decided to get some decor from http://www.homeseasons.com/Halloween-Decorations-c10/ and its turning out real well.

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