Tuesday marked 153 more days until Christmas Day and people have already started their Christmas shopping.
“It’s coming on quick, believe it or not, so July is the halfway point, and now people really start to kick in for Christmas,” said Fran Coppola, owner of The Christmas Shoppe in Smithville.
Although the holiday season is still a few months away, at the Christmas Shoppe, they see a flow of excited customers all year long.
“People love Christmas, even if it’s February, they love Christmas,” said Coppola. “They start to collect things and put them away.”
Despite traditional Christmas celebrations taking place at the end of the year, Coppola says she and her husband start stocking their store in January to meet customer demand.
The secret to success?
Coppola says it’s simply because everyone loves the holiday season.
“It kind of takes you away from whatever is happening to you in your life and brings you to a happy time that you want to remember,” said Coppola.
“It’s kind of fun because it’s not really Christmas, but we can celebrate Christmas in July,” said Siena Neill, visiting from Maryland.
For many visitors, they tell me it’s never too early to start shopping and preparing for December 25th.
“When Christmas ends, I go out and shop during the year, and come Christmas time, I have everything done,” said one customer. “I have my baking done, and my shopping done, my presents wrapped.”
But for others, they say the late fall is their favorite time to start celebrating.
“I think it’s a little too early for Christmas in July. We come down here every year just to vacation, so I’m in the summer mind set now, so it hasn’t quite dawned at me that it’s six months until Christmas yet,” said Melissa Rodenbach of Plainsboro.
In a Twitter poll, 44 percent said that they love Christmas in July, while about 56 percent say it’s too soon to start the celebrations.
But no matter when you start preparing, remember one big guy is already hard at work on his naughty or nice list.
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