Friday, August 22, 2014

Christmas in August

by Pa Rock

I was at a local medical facility this morning for a routine reason when the head nurse began entertaining the captive audience in the waiting room with the story of her trip to Walmart this morning before work.  Walmart, she gushed, has already started getting ready for Christmas!

Oh Joyeux Noel!

Apparently the "back to school" shopping season has ended.

I didn't ask her why a seemingly well-educated person like herself would even shop at Walmart - let alone in the wee hours of the morning.  I didn't ask her if she had tried to keep our little community healthy and vibrant by first attempting to meet her needs in the dozens of local mom-and-pop shops around town that are struggling to survive.   Hell, I didn't even ask her if I could change the channel on the waiting room television away from Fox News.

I plan to do my Christmas shopping in December.  By then there ought to be some really good Easter merchandise out on the shelves - at least at Walmart!


molly. said...

Wal-GREENS was putting up Christmas tonight when I stopped in there. I told the guy, "What about Halloween? And Thanksgiving??" He said, "Oh yeah, we've already got all that already." (probably in the back) Christmas is the big money-maker for retail.. obviously that's why it's decking the halls 4 months early. That nurse prob had a night shift & the early morning hours would have little customers.. that's my guess. Hope your appointment went well!

Xobekim said...

For those who shop at Walmart, for whatever reasons, the best time is in the wee hours. There are no crowds, no long lines at the checkout, and the parking lot isn't crammed to the maximum limit. At least, several years ago when I still went there for an item or two that's the way it was.