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Asda Put Up Santa's Grotto Four Months Early

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Well this in my opinion is ridiculous christmas just seems to get earlier each year with shops now but I think asda have gone 1 step two far here

CHRISTMAS has come early at Asda – with store bosses opening a string of Santa’s grottos.

The big fella has pitched up four months early at shops in Gravesend, Kent, Carlisle in Cumbria, and Seaham in County Durham.

But mum-of-three Sharon Spencer, 43, of Gravesend, said: “How can they justify putting up a Santa’s grotto in August?â€

Several shoppers have complained to the Advertising Standards Authority about the early decorations

But Asda bosses said the grottos are designed to get people to “start saving†for the festive season and are advertising Christmas card savings.

http://www.dailystar...r-months-early/

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I don't understand peoples' aversion to things such as this. Christmas merchandise usually starts going out in September anyway. In the current climate especially, shops need to target such festivities to increase sales, plus, Christmas will be here before you know it....

I think the problem is people don't want to have to acknowledge that the Christmas spending season is almost upon us, there's no escaping it I'm afraid, the sooner that people realise this, the sooner we can get away from silly 'non-stories' such as this.

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I don't understand peoples' aversion to things such as this. Christmas merchandise usually starts going out in September anyway. In the current climate especially, shops need to target such festivities to increase sales, plus, Christmas will be here before you know it....

I think the problem is people don't want to have to acknowledge that the Christmas spending season is almost upon us, there's no escaping it I'm afraid, the sooner that people realise this, the sooner we can get away from silly 'non-stories' such as this.

I tend to agree but big difference bewteen a Christmas pud and a Grotto

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Isn't Christmas supposed to be Christian? What does wasting loads of money on worthless crap have to do with Jesus?

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Isn't Christmas supposed to be Christian? What does wasting loads of money on worthless crap have to do with Jesus?

aaaahhh come on, you're not that naive; I think we can both agree that Christmas has been commercialised for quite a while now!

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Christmas predates Christianity, except for the actual religious aspects like the Nativity. I think it was originally a pagan festival based around the winter solstice. "Yule" is what Germanic tribes called it pre-Christianity, and this name still resonates today.

I remember last year the first illuminated decorations in Liverpool were put up at the end of September, though not actually switched on until November. I'm not bothered about the early appearance of decorations to be honest, because I adore the feeling of Christmas. I dislike the commercialisation of it of course, but that doesn't mean Christmas itself is bad. It's always a depressing feeling when the decorations come down in January.

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Isn't Christmas supposed to be Christian? What does wasting loads of money on worthless crap have to do with Jesus?

Nah, Christmas has been celebrated for thousands of years. It's mostly about eating, drinking and having fun to cheer yourself up during the darkest part of the year and celebrate the fact that the Sun has returned and a new spring is just around the corner.

Don't let the modern religious usurpers fool you otherwise smiliz19.gif

(That said, I do think we should at least wait until Samhain before thinking about the winter Solstice!)

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We have agreed this year, no stupid or excessively expensive prezzies for birthdays or Christmas - we are off to Corfu again in October!

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Seriously...... Takes all the meaning and fun out of it for me. Christmas fatigue you might say.

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