Christmas commercials arrive earlier each year – at least, it seems that way, doesn’t it?  Soon we may just have holiday advertisements up year round.  While that statement is extreme, it’s no secret that there’s a hefty debate as to when it’s appropriate to officially begin decorating (and advertising) for Christmas.  Fairly recently, that debate expanded into the world of sports (and sports wives).  San Francisco cornerback Richard Sherman chimed in on Twitter earlier this month, making it clear when he prefers to decorate for Christmas.


Sherman also made it clear where THE WIFE (Ashley Moss) stands on the topic.

Not so early.

We are a few weeks removed from Halloween and well into the month of November.  Thanksgiving will be here before we know it.  Meanwhile, the world of social media is littered with memes and gifs joking about the topic of Christmas decorating. 

Translation: it’s not just Richard Sherman, people. 

Stores like Target and Walmart have holiday decorations up and in demand.  Heck, they existed during the month of October, in the aisle next to the Halloween options.

Nothing like having a zombie and Santa Claus practically holding hands and singing Kumbaya.

Richard Sherman is ready for Christmas now.  He has been for many days.

THE WIFE and I are in a similar boat as Sherman, only she is wearing Richard’s shoes when it comes to her desire for timing.  Although, I know we will end up decorating prior to Thanksgiving.

What about you?

When do you decorate your house for Christmas?  How about THE WIFE?  Are you on the same page?  When do you think it is too early for stores to decorate and showcase Christmas?  Does one side of this debate really get under your skin as it does for some people?  Do you even care?

Because some people do care (more than they probably should).

Here are my quick (and spicy hot) takes on Christmas decorating:

KP’s Ho-Ho-Hot Takes on Decorating for the Holidays

  • October is way too early to break out the inflatable Snoopy in stores – so cut it out, Walmart. 
  • Holiday commercials should hold off until closer to Black Friday.
  • Commercials with red bows on fancy cars can stay in the garage.  Are there actually people out there that give cars as Christmas gifts?  You got money growing on trees in your backyard, bro?
  • Thanksgiving weekend is ideal for external illumination, so channel your inner Clark Griswold then. 
  • Take those lights and decorations down at or just after New Year’s Day.  Don’t be the family that lights up your holiday display on Valentine’s Day.
  • Inflatables are only allowed if you have kids at the age of 7 or less.  Just because you are a die-hard Star Wars fan doesn’t mean you should have a 10’ Yoda in your front yard
  • Early Christmas decorating can begin a week before Thanksgiving (at the earliest), especially this year when turkey day is so late.  I mean, you spend a lot of time putting these up, so at least give yourself a month to enjoy them, right?  Anything else and you aren’t willing to enjoy any other holiday.
  • Forcing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” on me on November 5th is just downright cruel.  I need to prepare for holiday jingles to be stuck in my head for weeks.  Allow me to go through my Thanksgiving tryptophan coma first, please.

We all have our opinions here.  Who am I to say that you can’t display your 10-foot Yoda or sing Mariah Carey holiday jingles in June?  It’s just that when it comes to debates, this one is hotter than asking whether a hot dog is a sandwich or not.

So, where do you stand when it comes to being ready for the holidays?  Oh, and do you now have a desire to call me Scrooge or the Grinch?


As always, thank you as always for reading The Wife Hates Sports.  I’d wish you the happiest of holidays, but well… it’s still way too damn early.  So we’ll come back to that.