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Christmas programming

DavidEduardo

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In normal times, in six to eight weeks stations that do "All Christmas" will begin their seasonal music programming.

But I wonder what happens if there is no vaccine by December. Will Christmas will be "the same" as other years?

If we continue in quarantine in some manner, stores won't decorate as much, people will not have big Christmas gatherings for work or family, presents won't get wrapped. Does that mean that the appeal of all-Christmas music will change? Maybe the season will start later... or maybe people will find Christmas music and the Hallmark Channel to be a great escape from reality.

Comments and opinions?
 
I went in a Big Lots this morning and it almost looked like there was more Christmas merchandise than anything else.
 
In normal times, in six to eight weeks stations that do "All Christmas" will begin their seasonal music programming.

But I wonder what happens if there is no vaccine by December. Will Christmas will be "the same" as other years?

If we continue in quarantine in some manner, stores won't decorate as much, people will not have big Christmas gatherings for work or family, presents won't get wrapped. Does that mean that the appeal of all-Christmas music will change? Maybe the season will start later... or maybe people will find Christmas music and the Hallmark Channel to be a great escape from reality.

Comments and opinions?

Can't speak for other's, but my wife and I cancelled any holiday travel or family visits this year. Probably won't be watching the channels you mentioned, but absolutely will be staying away from non-household family members or outsiders.
 
I went in a Big Lots this morning and it almost looked like there was more Christmas merchandise than anything else.

Yeah, big box retailers after the almighty dollar again. 3/4 of it will be clearanced out after the holiday. Have you seen all the ridiculous amount of Halloween and fall merchandise in stores like Walmart this year?? Of course, that company is known for going way overboard in their seasonal displays in stores. Do you really think kids will be trick or treating this year, like in previous ones? It'll be interesting how a mask worn over a mask feels like.

As for Christmas, I think some crowds will be there in stores, especially the two weeks leading up, but hopefully buying less.

Radio should wait 'til Thanksgiving to begin their Christmas music, no sooner..
 
Yeah, big box retailers after the almighty dollar again. 3/4 of it will be clearanced out after the holiday. Have you seen all the ridiculous amount of Halloween and fall merchandise in stores like Walmart this year?? Of course, that company is known for going way overboard in their seasonal displays in stores.

The Walmart and Home Depot in my area (NE Mesa AZ) both have their Christmas trees on display and fully decorated, along with the other decorations. They've been up for over a week.
 
In normal times, in six to eight weeks stations that do "All Christmas" will begin their seasonal music programming.

I've noticed at least a half dozen threads in some cities where Christmas music has already begun: Philadelphia, Lexington, Cleveland, Nashville, even WNEW HD-2 in NYC. There are some cities where they did Christmas in July.
 
People will be begging for it I think. They are sick and tired of the doom and gloom that is of the news cycle and constant talk about the virus, threats of more lockdowns, mask mandates, etc etc.
Burl Ives and Andy Williams may be a comfort pill for them.
And I know some singer will make a song about Christmas in the time of Covid.

On the other hand, I wonder how Christmas TV programming will look this year.
 
'I'll have a Zoooooommmmmm Christmas, without you...'
I already feel like puking, but I can see it. Just like such 'gems' as "Text Me Merry Christmas" or the Barking Dogs.
 
'I'll have a Zoooooommmmmm Christmas, without you...'
I already feel like puking, but I can see it. Just like such 'gems' as "Text Me Merry Christmas" or the Barking Dogs.

Singing Dogs. That was the whole concept of the novelty record -- all dogs can bark, but hearing them sing is unusual.
 
In MAGA country I'm not sure...people will be wanting to show their bravery, and willingness to sacrifice others, for the economy so they'll likely be maskless at Best Buy at 4:30am. Crusing outdoor displays may be a bigger thing. The Hallmark Channel will be doing a whole slate of movies (professional woman meets man of her dreams when she logs into the wrong zoom meeting?) I'm looking for outdoor Christmas services in milder climates.





Singing Dogs. That was the whole concept of the novelty record -- all dogs can bark, but hearing them sing is unusual.
 
In MAGA country I'm not sure...people will be wanting to show their bravery, and willingness to sacrifice others, for the economy so they'll likely be maskless at Best Buy at 4:30am. Crusing outdoor displays may be a bigger thing. The Hallmark Channel will be doing a whole slate of movies (professional woman meets man of her dreams when she logs into the wrong zoom meeting?) I'm looking for outdoor Christmas services in milder climates.

The idea that the only non-compliant people who wear no masks are MAGA supporters is just wrong.

The worst group is college students. Most today are liberal or progressive, yet they either feel they are immune or they believe the disease will not affect them... ignoring the people who will be affected they may take the disease to if they get it.

The second worst group includes less informed people who don't follow news and are skeptical of it. This includes the huge population of undocumented immigrants, a large portion of whom are less educated.

The third group consists of those who don't believe in anything the government says; they can by from any point on the political spectrum.

In general, many who believe themselves to be immune or not dangerously susceptible will disobey the mask and social distancing requirements.
 
The Walmart and Home Depot in my area (NE Mesa AZ) both have their Christmas trees on display and fully decorated, along with the other decorations. They've been up for over a week.

Walmart and Home Depot have announced that they won't be having typical Black Friday sales and close for Thanksgiving, and spread out the big deals through the holiday season instead, and I'd guess a lot more major stores will do the same. I have a new job in the IT department at Kirkand's, a home decor chain, but I haven't heard what their plans are yet.
 
Walmart and Home Depot have announced that they won't be having typical Black Friday sales and close for Thanksgiving, and spread out the big deals through the holiday season instead, and I'd guess a lot more major stores will do the same. I have a new job in the IT department at Kirkand's, a home decor chain, but I haven't heard what their plans are yet.

Aren't stores in some states limited by government order to not allow anything over a certain number of customers inside at one time? I assume that weighs into Walmart and Home Depot's thinking. Black Friday usually produces a crush of early bird shoppers waiting for the doors to open. Now imagine them lined up, single file, six feet apart. The line would snake across the parking lot and across the street!
 
I think I've heard some of the big stores have canceled black Friday! OMG!

It becomes interesting...people will still be off and many will be out shopping come hell or high water. What that percentage looks like, and how it varies from area to area, is unknown, this situation being without parallel.

I'm biased already in that I detest the Black Friday crowds and wouldn't venture into them even before online shopping rose to prominence, let alone in the midst of current circumstances. How this plays out, and the extent to which businesses already suffering can and will expend precious funds on advertising (and how they adjust their mix) will be fascinating to see.
 
Having been in and out of retailing most of my adult life, I've never liked Black Friday, especially after someone died being stampeded at a Walmart. I've also never liked stores opening for Thanksgiving for early Black Friday deals. My wife gets into it, but if I do anything I order online and pick it up later or have it delivered.
 
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