Ho, Ho, Ho: Is Christmas Coming Too Early?
I was surprised to run into Santa Claus at White Flint Mall the other day. I thought he usually didn't show up until around Thanksgiving, but he seemed to be getting an early start on things this year. Perhaps Ben Bernanke and Hank Paulson have issued secret orders to the nation's Kris Kringles to take their positions a week or two ahead of schedule as a way of jumpstarting the economy.
Or maybe I just haven't paid much attention to the creeping Christmasization that so many people moan about. Still, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas a lot earlier than I remember. I mean, we just put away our Halloween decorations. Of course that's more a reflection of us than any larger societal shift. What do you think:
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The New York Times had a fun story over the weekend about a place where it's always Dec. 25: Bronner's Christmas Wonderland in Michigan. And this is a neat series of photos taken by someone who helped set up the Christmas tree in Pentagon City mall. (Tip to dcblogs.com.)
Back when I was in Weekend I did a story on decorating that mall, The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, as it's officially know. The decorations were only a year-old then, and they were in what were called jewel tones: rich purples and greens and golds. Big fat cherubs hung from the ceiling. Two memories stand out: The crew had to wait till the food court emptied out before they could start with their rigging, and they were surprised (and irritated) how long people liked to just linger there. And an empty mall is a creepy place. Especially if you're Ben Bernanke or Hank Paulson. They want our malls to be packed.
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