Holiday season starting earlier being met with mixed reviews

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – It may not even be Thanksgiving yet, but for many in the East, the holiday season has already started. In fact, the National Retail Federation (NRF) said more than 50 percent of Americans will have already started shopping by early November.

Larry Cuthbertson, owner of Mountain Boy Trees, has been selling Christmas trees in Greenville for 40 years.

“The minute we lay a tree on the ground here, it’s officially opened,” Cuthbertson said. “We sold one just a few minute ago.”

He said they try to have their trees ready to sell by the weekend before Thanksgiving. While things on his lot haven’t changed much, department store’s holiday sections and Black Friday deals have started coming earlier and earlier each year.

“The earlier you can get Christmas shopping, I think it will cut out on a lot of things. It saves you time, save your stress,” said Shamarr Bowden.

Other people in the East disagree. They would rather enjoy one holiday at a time.

“I’d rather leave it until after Thanksgiving because my whole tradition with my family was the day after Thanksgiving we started putting Christmas stuff up,” said Claudia Pooser.

Some in the East disagree with the commercialization of the holidays, but enjoy getting in the spirit earlier.

Cuthbertson said he started getting this year’s trees ready a long time ago.

“The average 7 to 8 foot tree is about 16 years old,” he said.

The NRF predicts the average person will spend more than $800 this holiday season.

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