Today is June 29, 2012.
James and I went to Hobby Lobby today for two picture frames, and some browsing. I love the store, and when it comes to framing needs there is no better place to shop.
That will be the end of the nice things I have to say about the store in this post.
Once I entered the store, and started walking around I noticed the only thing missing was a mug of hot chocolate and a live nativity scene. There were MANY aisles arranged with wreathes, garland, garish bulbs, and all things Christmas–enough to make me puke.
Did I mention this is JUNE 29th! This coming week is July 4th.
The Hobby Lobby Corporation is very steeped in religion, and that is fine. They are not open on Sunday–which I applaud– and seem to have plenty of nice folks who work the store. (OK, now that will be the last nice thing I have to say about the business in this post.) But to commercialize Christmas in June makes me ill.
So I thought I would ask someone–nicely–about the need to have all the Christmas items up for sale. I might add what the store did have arrayed for fall and Halloween was almost an embarrassment–in relation to all the stuff that is supposed to get you in the Christmas holiday mood.
The man I spoke to told me–without a trace of silliness in his tone–that due to some of the craft items already out for holiday creations, they felt a need to have everything Christmas displayed. I might add, when I did a look at the Christmas craft section, it was not all that large, and probably would have survived just fine without all the holiday items from China already up for sale.
The man even told me he thought it was “awful” that other stores would have items up for sale before Halloween, but since the Hobby Lobby “is a craft store”……
There is never a good time to make a fast buck off the commercialization of Christmas…especially from a store that has a religious perspective.
As I neared the lady behind the register to check out I joked that I was there to get a Christmas tree….and without missing a beat she alerted me they are all in the back just waiting to be brought out for display.
I paid for the purchase James and I had bought, and walked out into the 90 degree sunshine.
It was hot.
That is to be expected since it is JUNE 29!