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It’s Never Too Early to Be a Grinch

There are so many familiar symbols associated with Christmas: It’s a Wonderful Life on TV, carols on the radio, and red-and-green colored kitsch on sale as early as October. Complaining about the commercialization of the holiday season is a tradition … Read More

By / August 28, 2009

There are so many familiar symbols associated with Christmas: It’s a Wonderful Life on TV, carols on the radio, and red-and-green colored kitsch on sale as early as October. Complaining about the commercialization of the holiday season is a tradition almost as old as the holiday itself – until now.

An Oxfam store (wait, why has Oxfam been in the news lately?) in Leeds, England, recently felt the fury of a "grinch" who was upset that the store is already selling Christmas cards and other items, even though it’s only August. The charity store was one of several who recieved threatening notes from a group calling themselves The Movement for the Containment of Christmas." The store’s locks were superglued shut, and the note read as follows:

This is a very polite but very serious reminder not to display Xmas cards until 1st November.

We will put superglue into your locks if you do.

Peace and goodwill.

Of course, the employees of the Oxfam store feel afraid for their lives and have gotten the police involved.

I wonder… would Jews do this to people who tried to celebrate Hanukkah ahead of schedule? Would they put superglue in the locks of stores that sold bread products during Passover?

Regardless, I’m on Team Grinch for this one. It’s August, y’all.

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