Critics: We celebrate the holidays too early

MOUNT JOY, Pa. (WHTM) – Communities from Mount Joy, to Lancaster and Harrisburg are getting in the holiday spirit and hanging up decorations.

With two weeks before Thanksgiving, some are asking if it’s too early to decorate.

“For me, it’s not too early because I enjoy the Christmas season and the music and the decorations,” Judy Gingrich of New Holland said.

On Thursday, ABC 27 News found Lancaster city workers putting up snowflakes on King Street. Earlier this month they added wreaths to lampposts to make things look a lot like Christmas.

Brenda Paetz, who lives in Marietta, said she wouldn’t mind waiting on the decorations.

“I just like to do one holiday at a time,” she said.

Stores don’t seem to mind the early holiday push. It’s not too hard to find ones prepped to pump out the peppermint pigmented packages.

According to the National Retail Federation, 40 percent of holiday shoppers started before Halloween.

“I think after Halloween it’s just holiday season,” Jslena Robertson of Lancaster said. “Thanksgiving and Christmas are just so close together, why not celebrate it all?”

“I think people have more time on their hands now and they just enjoy shopping at the malls and preparing for Christmas,” Gingrich said.

While some say the more decorations the merrier, some draw the line when it comes to the holiday tunes.

“When you’re listening to the same soundtrack over and over it can get to you,” Tyler Duschle of Lancaster said.

“I love Christmas and I love the Christmas lights,” Bob Bardell of Manheim said. “It’s not too early for me.”

As of Thursday, there were 42 days until Christmas.

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