So I asked to speak to the manager to inquire if having their Christmas items out in September was a corporate decision or a local store decision. No one seemed to know.
I then proceeded to tell the store manager that it was offensive to me.
I asked if he set out menorahs for Hannukah or paints for Holi or Islamic garb for ramadan or candles for Sangha 4 months in advance. The answer was no of course. Then why put Christians through this nonsense? Just so you can meet your bottom line? It's an insult. Either treat all faith traditions equally or stop.
One of the staff members said that working at Sams has ruined his experience of Christmas. He agreed with me that setting up the Christmas schtick prior to Thanksgiving was an insult to Christians. He shared that by December he can't wait until the season is finally over. It means nothing to him given the commercialization.
I realize this may strike some of you here as petty. Given all the other problems in the world this one certainly pales, however, it really is offensive to me. And it really should stop.
The argument that this is predominantly a Christian country and therefor the marketing suggests that there is a market for said products is beside the point. I could care less what some marketing gurus say about the subject. You don't insult a faith tradition just because you can make money by doing so.
Rise up Christians of Redscape! Start bitching to store owners. You're all getting older with each passing day. Soon you'll be gone forever so live the stereotype of the crazy old person and, if you agree with me, tell a manager that it needs to stop or that there at least needs to be consistency so that all faith traditions' schtick is displayed for an equivalent time period prior to a festival or holiday.
Why bother with all of this ultimately? Because I have no control whatsoever to bare upon this @#$! up world and the nutters who bring hate and suffering to it. So calling someone out on the inconsistency of this practice and the reasons why it should stop presents me with the illusion that I have a voice.