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Wall Mart may kill Hollyday sales season

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(Reuters) - U.S. retailers facing the shortest holiday season in years are preparing to assail customers with deals and promotions this week, before they have even digested their Halloween candy.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) is kicking off its online deals on Friday, a month earlier than usual - underscoring worries that intense discounting aimed at luring budget-conscious shoppers could result in the most tepid holiday spending rise in four years.

U.S. retailers have traditionally kicked off the all-important holiday shopping season on or the day after Thanksgiving and saved some of their best online deals for "Cyber Monday," the Monday after Thanksgiving when workers return to offices and use computers to make holiday purchases.

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Sounds more like they're trying to save it not destroy it.

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I don't see what they are trying to 'save'.

They are just trying to make sure they get peoples holiday spending money. That's not a bad thing, but it's certainly not some heroic act they are performing.

If you ask me (and no one will) the holiday season is a ridiculous display of our greed, excess, and wastefullness. Every year the retailers push it a bit earlier, and every year people lose focus of what should be truly important in celebrating the holidays.

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Retailers have been kicking off the Christmas season around Halloween for years. I love Christmas, but I'm getting tired of seeing the decorations coming out at the same time.

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I don't see what they are trying to 'save'.

They are just trying to make sure they get peoples holiday spending money. That's not a bad thing, but it's certainly not some heroic act they are performing.

If you ask me (and no one will) the holiday season is a ridiculous display of our greed, excess, and wastefullness. Every year the retailers push it a bit earlier, and every year people lose focus of what should be truly important in celebrating the holidays.

Aw, now I feel all warm and fuzzy inside now...I want to watch the Griswold Family Christmas..... :)

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Aw, now I feel all warm and fuzzy inside now...I want to watch the Griswold Family Christmas..... :)

I'll be starting with "Elf".

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I'll be starting with "Elf".

The best way to spread holiday cheer is by singing loud for all to hear! :)

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I didn't know you were naked.

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I don't see what they are trying to 'save'.

They are just trying to make sure they get peoples holiday spending money. That's not a bad thing, but it's certainly not some heroic act they are performing.

If you ask me (and no one will) the holiday season is a ridiculous display of our greed, excess, and wastefullness. Every year the retailers push it a bit earlier, and every year people lose focus of what should be truly important in celebrating the holidays.

Sorry, I meant their holiday season, not ours.

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Retailers have been kicking off the Christmas season around Halloween for years. I love Christmas, but I'm getting tired of seeing the decorations coming out at the same time.

I agree. As soon as Halloween is over, the Christmas barrage begins. Been like that for years to the best of my recollection.

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Bah! Humbug!

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They start Christmas shopper earlier and earlier. It reminds me of a song by Professor Tom Leher. His Christmas song has the lines,God Rest You Merry merchants,May You Make The Yuletide Pay. Another line goes,Angels We Have Heard On High,Tell Us To Go Out And Buy. He was a real professor of mathmatics at MIT and used to make novelty records ages ago. Some of his songs were My Home Town,Pollution,Poisoning Pidgeons in the Park,etc.

The orchestra verison of the last song is so bright and cheery,as he gleefully poisons pigeons.

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The best way to spread holiday cheer is by singing loud for all to hear! :)

Honestly, I can not wait. Although I do not celebrate christmas it is my favourite time of the year. Brings out the child in me.

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The news that Macy's, the venerable retailer behind the beloved Thanksgiving parade, is going to open for business Thanksgiving night sent some observers wondering whether the family holiday has finally been killed by commercialism.

"So long, Thanksgiving," wrote Kyle Smith in the New York Post. "You were a special day for more than 400 years, but now it's all over. Now Thanksgiving is mere prelude to the real celebration. We might as well rename it Black Thursday."

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It's not just Macy's, it's many stores that will be open on Thanksgiving day this year. Are 'family holidays' not sacred anymore?

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Shoot... I heard my first Christmas ad on the radio this year second week of September along with seeing the first of the decor displays going up at a retail location. First Christmas movie I saw listed this year was in the last few days of September. First week of October I was at a Target with my mom, and at the back of the Halloween display area, Christmas decor was already up on the shelves. By last week, the fall and Halloween sections of a few stores were already being compressed and clearanced- to make way for more Christmas stuff.

By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, I'm more than happy to take a break from Christmas and just have a nice few days with my family, stuffing my face, and in general ignoring the commercial world.

To my understanding, some people actually LIKE shopping on Thanksgiving- gives them something to do other than watch the game on TV.

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