represented are the 3 Bs: Barneys, Bloomingdale's, and Bergdof Goodman. with of course, Saks, Macy's, Lord & Taylor's and... Tiffany's! *gasp + moan + jaw drop*
these window displays are a year of prep--no, seriously. for these brilliant window designers and staff, Christmas season is all year long! #lucky
this is silly, and maybe even a little sad, but starting October 15th, I avoid the supersize-superstore for as long as possible.
because I have this yearly "Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus," hope that when the glass airlock doors whoosh open sometime in November, I will be greeted with a wintry-wonderland of whimsy, over the top make-over dedicated to the greatest season of the year, Christmas!
look, I'm an optimistic realist, so I keep my expectations in check. all I ask for is:
1. a holiday season soundtrack featuring the greats: Bing Crosby & David Bowie's Little Drummer Boy, Frank Sinatra and fill-in-the-blank-artist, singing fill-in-the-blank-Christmas song, Nat King Cole singing any and every Christmas jingle, and Wham!'s Last Christmas, on loop over Meijer's sound system.
2. a general upping of their game in the supersized-superstore departments (grocery, pharmacy, clothes, outdoor, pets, etc.). maybe fall somewhere between NYC's dripping grandeur, and the night Buddy the Elf prepped Gimbels for SANTA!!!
apparently so, *resigned sigh* because this is what I discovered when I walked in to my midwest Meijer today...
sure, I acknowledge the oversized cardboard "ornaments" hanging from the rafters, effort--but this is the entrance(!) for crying out loud! and by the way, the ornaments are hanging over the garbage bin, rake and leaf bag displays, with a side of punkin pie! #seasonmashupfail
I walked deeper into the store, came upon these beauties as I walked passed the plus-size women's department.
better, but is this all a I'm-so-in-the-Christmas-mood customer gets?
I rallied on, maybe the west-side staff are die hard Thanksgiving fans. I cross my fingers, hoping the east-siders have got their Jingle game on.
alas... produce department offered this conundrum, cavity/weight-gain culprit soda in the fresh fruit and veggies section? wha--?!
I rethink my incongruent criticism, I mean, what if this is it? what if this is the best Meijer has to offer me this year?! the sugar-bubblewater display does somewhat cleverly use the beloved Christmas colors, and has a "tree." (feels like cardboard is becoming a Meijer theme) I feel my Christmas cheer-o-meter sink.
I walked all over the store, hoping against hope that other departments had more to offer. then it occurred to me, have I jumped the Christmas season store-display gun...? and then... proof.
empty shelves and a trolley of Lindt boxes waiting to be emptied. it's like I was just hours too early! *clenches fist, waves it at ceiling security cameras*
side note: "C HRISTMAS"? I'm guessing whoever wrote this also wrote these signs.
and that's when I knew. this isn't NYC. this isn't Saks--not even close. and it isn't time for Christmas (or even C hristmas), I was a victim of my own Christmas premature-adoration.
but it's okay. it's all good. I won't let Meijer squelch my cheer, my seasonal smile, my goodwill to mankind.
I have the perfect